The Connecticut State Department of Education provides grants for more than 200 summer programs statewide.
The $ 8.6 million funding, from the American Rescue Plan, will be distributed to 235 organizations in Connecticut. The goal is to expand high quality summer enrichment programs for all students.
According to the CSDE, the funding will serve more than 96,000 students.
“The hope is that they have an amazing summer. The most fun summer they’ve ever had, ”said Chris Soto of CSDE.
The Norwich Recreation Department received a grant of $ 25,000. They will use the money to open more slots, increase the hours and provide additional scholarships.
“It’s something the community wants and needs and they’ve called it before,” said Cheryl Hancin-Preston, who works as Norwich recreation manager.
Norwich still has locations available. More information can be found here.
The Drop-In Learning Center in New London also received a grant. They will be able to serve twice as many students as last summer. The money will also help them offer new programs, offer more scholarships and expand access.
“It’s almost like our children are hidden behind a screen. We will be able to do outdoor activities, in the open air, where they can see others. They can learn and find out who they are and just enjoy life, “said Reona Dyess, who runs the center.” Some of our students have not had the chance to be with other children. It is important. Relearn to socialize. ”
You can find more information about the free learning center here.
The state has created a website for parents to explore the 235 programs that have received grants. Contact details for each organization are included on the website.