PIERRE, S.D. – Grant funds are now available through the South Dakota Department of Social Services for new Out-of-School Time (OST) programs during the 2007-2008 school year. Out-of-School Time programs provide resources for schools and communities who want to offer structured and safe environments for children when they are not in school.
These grants were made available through federal Child Care Development Funds and will be used to assist communities and/or school districts in developing programs, providing safe environments and enrichment activities for K-8 children before and after school, as well as during the summer months. Priority will be given to applicants who show strong community support, are located in school facilities (when possible), offer organized enrichment activities, and demonstrate strong potential for sustainability.
Apply now for funding during the 2007-2008 summer and school year!
“Out-of-School Time programs play an important role in helping families know their school-age children are safe once the school day ends,” concluded Pat Monson, Director of Child Care Services for the Department of Social Services. “Studies show that Out-of-School Time programs make a difference in the lives of students by improving their academic and socialization skills.”
For more information on OST programs or to request application materials, contact Rosemary Hayward, Child Care Services, at 1-800-227-3020 ext. 6432. To learn more about OST programs, visit http://dss.sd.gov/childcare/outofschooltime/.