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YMCA, DCSS renew after-school program

From left, YMCA Century 21 Program Director Erin Hutchens, Doughtery County Schools interim Superintendent Butch Mosely, YMCA interim Director Norman E. Joyner and YMCA Community Outreach Director J.J. Edge renew their 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Program agreement Tuesday. The program is designed to provide academic enrichment for disadvantaged students and their families.

From left, YMCA Century 21 Program Director Erin Hutchens, Doughtery County Schools interim Superintendent Butch Mosely, YMCA interim Director Norman E. Joyner and YMCA Community Outreach Director J.J. Edge renew their 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Program agreement Tuesday. The program is designed to provide academic enrichment for disadvantaged students and their families.

ALBANY, Ga. -- The Dougherty County School System and the Albany YMCA have renewed their 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Program for the current school year.

The program, which is in its second year, serves 125 first- through fifth-grade students and their families. Because of the re-purposing of Magnolia Elementary School, the program will now be located at Alice Coachman and Live Oak elementary schools.

The program is part of a $2.2 million, five-year grant designed to create community learning centers to provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools.

"I am familiar with the program when it was at Magnolia. Lisa Don kept me fully informed of the progress," DCSS interim Superintendent Butch Mosely said. "We are supportive of anything good for our children, especially ones from disadvantaged backgrounds.

"Programs like this are good for everybody."

YMCA Community Outreach Director J.J. Edge agreed.

"This cooperation between the YMCA and the Dougherty County School System is a true joint partnership," she said.

Program director Erin Hutchens said the parental involvement is a key element of the program, which is aimed at the entire family.

"The Century 21st CLCC assists parents and families of participating children in becoming full partners in the education of their children," Hutchens said. "It positively impacts family members' ability to engage in interactive literacy events."