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Representative Steve Ultrino (D – Malden) and representative Paul Donato (D – Medford/Malden) have announced that YWCA Malden has been awarded an $117,047 grant to expand their out-of-school program at Ferryway Elementary School. The 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) grant will provide out of school opportunities for Ferryway students grades K-5 through a partnership between the YWCA Malden and Malden Public Schools.                                                  

“This funding will expand learning opportunities by providing meaningful academic enrichment for Malden students beyond the regular school day,” said representative Steve Ultrino. “This grant would not have been possible without a strong partnership between YWCA Malden and Malden Public Schools. As an educator and former Malden School Committee member, I know how much extended learning time programs bring to our community.”

“It’s wonderful that Malden children will have more learning opportunities available to them,” said representative Paul Donato. “I’m pleased that this funding will help our schools engage with students throughout the day.”                                                                        

The 21st CCLC program provides federal funding for community learning centers that provide academic, artistic and cultural enrichment opportunities for children in order to meet state and local standards in core academic subjects. Nearly $3 million in funding has been awarded to twenty-one school districts and organizations across the Commonwealth.

“YWCA Malden has been a partner in education with the Ferryway School for more than a decade,” said YWCA Malden executive director Laureen Scibinico. “Support from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education through 21st CCLC funding will allow us to expand critical learning opportunities for students in grades K-5. Participants will engage in a rich blend of creative, student-centered project-based activities that bring education to life while providing families the support they need to help their children succeed.  Working together we will be able to strengthen the home/school/community partnership that can be a powerful influence on students’ educational success.” 

Money from the grant can be used by YWCA Malden for salaries, stipends, contracts, instructional materials, and any other expenses related to the running of the Ferryway out-of-school time program.