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Activities & Programs


21st Century Community Learning Centers Program

This program supports the creation of community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools. The program helps students meet state and local student standards in core academic subjects, such as reading and math; offers students a broad array of enrichment activities that can complement their regular academic programs; and offers literacy and other educational services to the families of participating children.

Mentoring/Student Assistance & School and Instructional Enhancement Grants

Funds are appropriated by the legislature to the Florida Department of Education each year for Mentoring/Student Assistance Initiative grants and School and Instructional Enhancement grants. The purpose is to improve student performance for low-performing, at-risk students by providing additional learning opportunities; increasing personal responsibility and community involvement; discouraging drug and alcohol and weapon use, and other delinquency involvement; reducing dropout rates; and improving academic achievement.

Pre-Collegiate Programs

The Office of Pre-Collegiate Programs provides administrative and fiscal oversight to state funded academic programs that provide activities and services for low-performing, at-risk students in all public schools, with a primary focus on students in low-performing middle and high schools. Programs are designed to motivate students to pursue a postsecondary education; to enhance students’ basic learning skills and performance; to strengthen students’ and parents’ understanding of the benefits of postsecondary education; and to foster academic, personal, and career development through supplemental instruction and professional development opportunities for teachers and school administrators.