The 21st Century Wayne County Community Learning Centers (WCCLC) Project is a collaborative partnership between Playmates Pre-schools and Child Development Centers, Inc., the Wayne County Board of Education and partnering community agencies that has been providing out-of-school programs in Wayne and Cabell counties for more than 16 years. On July 31st, 2019, the WCCLC project received notice of 5-year, $1 million dollar grant from the West Virginia Department of Education to provide before and after-school programs, as well as summer programs, to students in Wayne and Cabell counties. This grant is one of four grants from the West Virginia Department of Education currently in effect to help fund out-of-school time activities throughout 19 school-based programs and 7 community-based programs. The WCCLC project serves students ages Pre-k – 12th grade, families and community members throughout 2 counties.
Students need support beyond the hours of the regular school day, as well as needing access to reliable high-quality programs that go beyond academics. Project teachers will offer supplemental after-school activities such as: health and wellness education, social/ emotional education, STEAM programs that include Coding Classes and CSI/Forensics Classes, Leap Into Science, Click 2 Science, financial literacy, classic car restoration, gardening, Lego & Robotics clubs and culinary classes- and will inextricably tie these programs to improved performance in Literacy, Math and Science and vocational technical training.
The goals of the WCCLC Project are: 1) to improve participation and increase the academic performance by expanding the scope and number of “STEAM” program options offered. 2) To raise the educational/ skill level of parents/ family members, program staff and community volunteers. 3) To create an environment that supports the development of the social emotional competencies; self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision making. Success in improving academic performance will be accomplished by providing academic improvement and academic enrichment activities with highly qualified staff. Highly qualified and certified teachers will provide tutoring and homework assistance and age-appropriate, hands-on, project-based activities will be offered to expand and reinforce the activities of the regular school day.
Parents and community members will receive training on technology and other work-readiness skills, drug and violence prevention, and skills for better helping their children with homework, as well as a series of trainings on financial literacy and social/ emotional strategies and support. A series of workshops will be offered to parents and community members on understanding the impact of drug and alcohol use on academic achievement, how to identify the warning signs of substance abuse, and strategies for coping with substance abuse should it manifest itself in their families.
Comments and/or questions regarding the 21st Century Wayne County Community Learning Centers Project may be to Jeanette Barker, Project Director, at 304-908-3368/ email at firstname.lastname@example.org or Amy Wagoner, Project Coordinator, 304-638-8810/email: email@example.com