School Funding

SC Dept. of Ed commits $14.5 million to expand summer after-school programs

COLUMBIA, SC (WCBD) — The South Carolina Department of Education is spending $14.5 million to expand summer and afterschool programs.

As part of a partnership with the South Carolina Afterschool Alliance, the department announced Tuesday that it will provide up to $14.5 million in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Funding (ESSER) to expand programs summer and after-school programs to address learning loss related to COVID-19 in disadvantaged communities.

The ministry said the partnership’s first year funding is expected to serve 45 organizations and more than 4,000 students.

“Local partnerships that leverage new and existing relationships between schools, families and community organizations can provide the targeted support that students who have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic need to accelerate their learning,” said State Education Superintendent Molly Spearman. “By working with the South Carolina Afterschool Alliance, we can expand proven programs and create new ones that will serve our students and their families now and in the future. We are excited about the opportunities this funding will create and the year-long learning that will result from this investment.

The partnership between SCDE and SCAA will continue until September 2024.