After School STEAM Enrichment Receives a Grant

The Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership (PAEP) proudly announces that its After School STEAM Enrichment program has received a $1.2 million grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Education through the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) to continue its work to improve core academic learning for underserved and at-risk students through its arts-integrated with science and mathematics model.

$23.1 million in federal funding has been awarded to 64 school districts and community-based organizations in 29 counties across the state. The intention of these grants is to supplement educational opportunities to enhance the work teachers and students are doing in the classroom. The 21st CCLC federal funding program will enable PAEP to expand its current 21st CCLC STEAM program to five additional School District of Philadelphia schools serving students in grades 5-8.

The $1.2 million will be dispersed over a three year period enabling PAEP to invest $400,000 each year in services and resources for the School District of Philadelphia. PAEP’s grant will serve over 256 students each of the three years and will provide students at the five schools with unique after school educational opportunities. Additionally, PAEP will hire 20 teaching artists annually, who will integrate science and math learning into instruction in theater, music, visual art, and dance.

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