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Title: 21st Century Community Learning Center

21st Century Community Learning Center
  • Smalley School Lafayette School
  • Bound Brook, NJ

The Afterschool Hours in America
  • More than 15 million school-age children (26
    percent) are on their own after school. Among
    them are more than 1 million are in grades K
    through 5. (Afterschool Alliance, 2009)
  • More than 27 million parents of school-age
    children are employed, including 23 million who
    work full time. (U.S. Department of Labor, 2010)
  • The hours between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. are the peak
    hours for juvenile crime and experimentation with
    drugs, alcohol, cigarettes and sex. (Fight Crime
    Invest in Kids, 2002)
  • Currently, the federal government contributes
    only 11 percent of the cost of afterschool while
    29 percent of the children in afterschool meet
    the federal governments definition of low-income
    and in need of federal assistance. (Afterschool
    Alliance, 2009)

Afterschool Programs Benefit Youth, Families
  • Teens who do not participate in afterschool
    programs are nearly three times more likely to
    skip classes than teens who do participate. They
    are also three times more likely to use marijuana
    or other drugs, and are more likely to drink,
    smoke and engage in sexual activity. (YMCA of the
    USA, March 2001)
  • Early childhood education expert James Heckman
    concludes that a compliment of early education
    and participation in afterschool programs can
    reduce initiating drug use among youth by nearly
    50 percent (45.8) while reducing the likelihood
    of them skipping school by half. (Investing in
    Our Young People, University of Chicago, 2006)
  • The Promising Afterschool Programs Study, a study
    of about 3,000 low-income, ethnically-diverse
    elementary and middle school students found that
    regular participation in high-quality afterschool
    programs is linked to significant gains in
    standardized test scores and work habits.
    (University of California at Irvine, 2007)

Mission Statement
  • The mission of the Middle Earth 21st CCLC program
    is to provide a safe and nurturing environment
    for fourth through eighth grade students from
    Bound Brook and South Bound Brook who are in need
    of and can benefit from an after-school program.
    Youth will have opportunities to choose
    activities designed to promote their
    intellectual, physical, mental, social, and
    emotional development in an atmosphere of mutual
    respect and encouragement.

Program Serves
  • Lafayette School
  • 60 Slots
  • 4th and 5th grades
  • Smalley Middle School
  • 60 Slots
  • 6th, 7th, and 8th grades

Program Offers
  • Academic Enrichment and Remediation
  • Positive Youth Development
  • Cultural and Artistic Enrichment
  • Physical Activity
  • Parental Involvement

Academic Enrichment and Remediation
Academic Enrichment and Remediation
  • 60 minutes per day
  • 1 certified teacher for every 15 students
  • High school student helpers
  • Students receive help with their homework
  • Students work on the Study Island Computer
    Programs for math and language arts

Positive Youth Development
  • Character Counts
  • Girls Circle
  • Boys Council
  • F.I.L.M.

Girls Circle
Cultural and Artistic Enrichment
  • Culinary Arts
  • Art
  • Screen Printing
  • Functional and Found Art
  • Video Production
  • Educational Field Trips
  • Drama
  • Photography
  • Cartooning

Culinary Arts
Screen Printing
  • Intrepid Air and Space Museum
  • Academy of Natural Sciences Museum
  • Camden Aquarium
  • Bronx Zoo
  • Patriots Stadium
  • Raices Cultural Center

Patriots Stadium
Physical Activities
  • Recreational Sports
  • Dance
  • Soccer
  • Basketball

Other Enrichment Options
  • Water Science
  • Newsletter
  • Technology
  • Lego Tech
  • Party Event Planning
  • Crime Scene Investigations
  • Game Show

Lego Tech
Water Science
Parental Involvement
  • Family Fun Nights
  • 4 through out the year
  • Student presentations and art work displays
  • Guest Speakers
  • Dinner provided
  • English as a Second Language
  • Offered to parents of students in the program
  • Provided by The Jointure
  • Guiding Good Choices for Spanish Speaking Parents
  • Dinner provided
  • Helps improve communication between parents and

Family Fun Night
Program Layout
  • Fall Cycle October December
  • Winter Cycle January March
  • Spring Cycle April June
  • Summer Cycle July

Daily Smalley Schedule
  • 250 330 Snack Game Time
  • 330 450 Academic Remediation Homework
  • 450 550 Club/Enrichment Time
  • 550 605 Students are picked up or walk home

Daily Lafayette Schedule
  • 240 315 Snack Game Time
  • 315 400 Academic Remediation Homework
  • 400 500 Club/Enrichment Time
  • 500 530 Quiet Recreation
  • 530 545 Students are picked up or walk home

  • 1 Full Time Project Director
  • 1 Part Time and 1 Full Time Site Coordinator
  • 1 Part Time Administrative Staff
  • 12 Certified Teachers
  • 15 High School Youth Workers
  • 10 Non-teacher Club Leaders

  • Family Community Services
  • 2 days/week
  • Offer individual and group counseling
  • Bound Brook Police Department
  • 1 day/week
  • Allow kids to have positive interaction with
    police officers

  • 4-H
  • Character counts staff training
  • Science Workshops for students
  • EmPower Somerset
  • Guiding Good Choices for Spanish Speaking Parents
  • Guest speakers for students
  • Girl Scouts
  • Club activities

Guest Speakers
  • Robert Wood Johnson
  • EmPower Somerset
  • Vo-Tech Tap-n-Toe Dance Group

  • Bound Brook Board of Education
  • South Bound Brook School District
  • A Special Thanks to the Bound Brook Board of

Summer Program
  • 120 students
  • 800 am to 100 pm Monday Thursday
  • Friday is Trip Day
  • 3 hours academic time
  • 1 hour rec time
  • ½ hour breakfast, ½ hour lunch

Facts about the last 4 years
  • Middle Earth has brought in 1.5 Million to Bound
    Brook District
  • We have served 421 youth
  • We have hired 27 Bound Brook High School Students
  • We have hired 39 teachers from Bound Brook

Hispanic Population
  • After School Care Arrangements
  • Hispanic children are more likely to be in
    afterschool programs than other children. 21
    (2,365,860) of Hispanic children are enrolled in
    afterschool programs at schools, community
    centers, churches or elsewhere. By comparison,
    15 of all children participate in afterschool
  • Economic Impact
  • Hispanic parents are feeling the impact of the
    economic downturn more severely than parents in
    general. More Hispanic parents agree that the
    current economic conditions have impacted their
    after school care arrangements, with 55
    reporting that the economy has impacted how they
    care for their children after school (compared to
    41 overall) and 60 stating that it has affected
    their ability to pay for care (compared to 46
  • Need or Demand for Afterschool
  • Demand for afterschool programs is great in the
    Hispanic community. Parents of Hispanic children
    not currently in afterschool programs are much
    more likely than other parents to say that they
    would enroll their children in quality
    afterschool programs, if programs were available.
    47 of Hispanic parents (4,218,666) say they
    would enroll their children if programs were
    available compared to 38 of parents in general.
  • Hispanic parents are also more likely than the
    general population to say that there should be
    some type of organized activity or place for
    children and teens to go after school every day
    that provides opportunities for them to learn.
    96 of Hispanic parents agree compared to just
    91 agreement in general.

The Coming Year
  • 115 students currently enrolled
  • Waiting lists for 4th and 5th grades
  • Introducing new theme of civic engagement
  • Hosting Lights On After School Event October 20th

  • Funding was provided by the New Jersey State
    Department of Education.
  • We would also like to acknowledge the Bound Brook
    and South Bound Brook Municipal Alliance for
    their contribution.
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