I hope you are having a good start to the school year and your children are adapting well to their new school schedules. I am reaching out to give you an update on the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) grant renewal. Unfortunately, we have been informed that we are not receiving a renewal for the grant that impacts after-school programs at Memorial Middle School and the Village of Excellence Charter School.
This grant provides a majority of the funding we need to provide free, comprehensive academic enrichment programs to the students at these two schools.
I am extremely disappointed with this news, and my team is actively pursuing options to continue to serve your children. To begin, we are initiating the appeals process with the Department of Education to reiterate how vital the 21st CCLC grant is to our students and to build a case for the DOE to reverse its decision.
I appreciate your patience and support. Our students are our top priority, and we will continue to communicate with you as we navigate the appeals process.
As always, I welcome you to reach out if you have any questions.
All my best,
After-School All-Stars Tampa Bay