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21st Century Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What are the 21st Century Community Learning Centers?

The Worcester Public School District’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers is an after school and summer program that currently serves two middle schools in Worcester, Massachusetts. Programs offer homework support, project-based activities and enrichment activities provided by Worcester Public School educators and/or community partners.

What schools does the 21st Century program serve?

We currently serve two middle schools including Burncoat Middle School and Claremont Academy. We serve students in Grades 7-8 at Burncoat Middle School. In addition, students enrolled in Grades 7-9 that attend Claremont who participate in the 21st Century program may also have their sibling that attends Grades 1-6 at Woodland Academy participate in the program.

We recently applied for two new 21st Century sites at Vernon Hill School serving students in Grades 3-5 in the school year and Heard Street Discovery Academy serving students in Grades 2-6 in the school year.

All programs are pending an award decision which should be received by August 2019. There is no guarantee that any of the above 21st Century programs will be offered.

Do I have to pay for my child to attend the program?

NO! The program is generously funded through a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Education and administered by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). No student has to pay to participate in the program.

Are the after school and summer programs offered every year?

There is no guarantee that any 21st Century after school and summer programs will be offered each year. Programs are provided dependent upon funding administered by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. However, the District is notified by August each year as to which schools will continue to be funded. In addition, the District typically applies for new 21st Century sites each year and are notified of an award in August. Details on new sites will be provided on the 21st Century website as well as by the schools.

What are the hours of operation for the 21st Century programs?

Please see the 21st CCLC Sites tab on the webpage and click your school of choice. Additional details are provided including hours and days of operation. Each school varies.

Is transportation provided home and/or to the school site?

Please see the 21st CCLC tab on the webpage and click your school of choice. Additional details are provided including if transportation is offered. Each school varies.

Is food provided during the program?

YES! The Worcester Public School’s Nutrition Department generously provides a hearty snack during the school year to all 21st Century students. In addition, during the summer the WPS Nutrition Department provides breakfast and lunch to all 21st Century students.

What is the typical schedule for the after school program?

Middle school sites including Burncoat Middle School and Claremont Academy follow the following daily schedule during the school year:

Block One

30 minutes of homework support provided by WPS educators while students enjoy a hearty snack.

Block Two/Three

Enrichment activities provided in two rotating 45-minute sessions including activities such as, but not limited to art, theater, sports, science provided by WPS educators and/or community partners.

Elementary school sites including Heard Street and Vernon Hill follow the following daily schedule during the school year:

Block One and Two

Enrichment activities provided in two rotating 45-minute sessions including activities such as, but not limited to art, theater, sports, science provided by WPS educators and/or community partners.

Block Three

30 minutes of homework support provided by WPS educators while students enjoy a hearty snack.

Are field trips provided? If so, what types of field trips are offered?

YES! We make every effort to provide field trips in the 21st Century program, if funding is available. Prior field trips have included exploring exhibits at the EcoTarium, taking a nature hike at the MA Audubon Broad Meadow Brook, watching a Bravehearts Baseball game and meeting professional baseball players at Fitton Field located at Holy Cross College, tackling a ropes adventures course at You Inc’s Cottage Hill Academy site in Northern Central Massachusetts, and many other trips!

However, a student can ONLY attend a field trip if a signed permission form is sent back to the school in a timely manner. Any student that does not have a signed field trip permission form on the day of the trip will not be able to attend the activity.

Do you have a summer program?

YES! The 21st Century program offers FREE summer programs, which typically take place from the end of June through July. More details will be provided on the website as it becomes available.

 

Registration

How do I enroll my child in the 21st Century program?

It’s as easy as 1, 2 3!

  1. Review the session flyer in the “Program Flyer” tab.
  2. Complete the registration form as soon as possible to secure your child’s spot in the program. Limited space is available and spots fill up fast!
  3. If you need the form translated into your home language, please contact the site administrator/school.

Do I have to enroll my child in each of the offered three 10-week sessions?

NO! You can choose any of the three 10-week sessions you would like your child to participate in. It is not mandatory that your child attend each of the three sessions, however, we encourage students to participate in as many sessions as possible. In addition, students MUST commit to attend all days of the week they are able to attend during the session.

For example: If your child wants to participate in Session I, but can only attend every Tuesday and Friday, they MUST commit to attend every Tuesday and Friday the program is offered during that session.

Tentatively, the three sessions will be offered during the following times at all sites:

Session I: October 1, 2019 – December 6, 2019

Session II: December 17, 2019 – March 13, 2020

Session III: March 17, 2020 – May 29, 2020

What if I change my mind and want to enroll a student in more than one session?

Not a problem! Fill out the registration form on the Program Flyer link and send it back to the school/site coordinator. The earlier you send in the form to the start of the session, the better your chances of your student being enrolled in the program. Spots fill fast!

When is the registration form due and where do I submit the form?

Submit the registration form to the school as soon as possible. Programs are limited in size and are filled on a “first-come, first-served” basis, so the earlier you submit the form, the more likely you are to get your child enrolled in the program.

How will I know if my student is enrolled in the program?

You will be notified as soon as possible if we are unable to accommodate/register your student, or if your student is placed on a wait-list. If you do not hear from the school, this means your child is enrolled in the program and we look forward to having you!

NOTE: Your registration form will be returned to you if it is not COMPLETELY filled out. This may delay registration and delay the start date of your child in the program.

 

Additional Information

Is the program open during holidays, school vacations or snow days?

NO. All 21st Century sites are closed on holidays, school vacations and snow days. If the Superintendent makes an announcement that after school activities are cancelled due to inclement weather, 21st Century programs will close as well.

I plan on picking up my child from the program each day. What time should I pick them up after school?

Students can be picked up once the program ends. Please see the 21st CCLC tab on the webpage and click your school of choice. Additional details are provided including what time the program ends. Each school varies.

If you need to pick up your student early, please notify the school/site coordinator in advance.

My child has a medical condition (disability, food allergy, etc.) that staff members need to know about. What should I do?

Please notify the school/site coordinator in advance of your child participating in the program of any medical condition that needs to be addressed.

Who works/provides activities for the 21st Century programs?

We employ Worcester Public School District certified educators and staff members, volunteers and local college students. In addition, we partner with local community agencies who provide professional instructors with expertise in their craft. All individuals including WPS staff, volunteers, and community agencies must pass a CORI (background check) prior to providing services to students.

I would like to volunteer in the program, how would I go about signing up?

The 21st Century program welcomes volunteers including parents at all sites. Please contact your school/site coordinator or the 21st Century District Program Coordinator, Nicole Delamere for more information.

Please note: All volunteers must pass a CORI check prior to providing services at the school.

What types of events does the 21st Century programs offer? Are they open to families?

YES! We look forward to the opportunity to provide family engagement events throughout the year.

Please contact the school/site coordinator for additional information. You may also find upcoming events on the Program Calendar page and/or News and Events page.

How can I keep up with what is happening with the program?

Check out the 21st Century website’s News and Events page. Any important news, updates, program cancellations, etc. will be posted there. We also have a program calendar page that details events, non-program days, and other important information.

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