PRESS RELEASE - August 11, 2003
SDE Grants $1.76 Million for School-Age Care Programs
(Santa Fe, NM)—The New Mexico State Department of Education (SDE) announced today that 17 grantees will receive $1,768,800 for School-Age Care and Family Support Programs in Fiscal Year (FY) 2004. Through the grants, children ages five to eight and their parents in the New Mexico Works/Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program, will receive quality before and after- school programs, holiday and summer programs and parent education. Additional funds may be awarded to districts as more TANF-eligible students are recruited throughout the year to participate in programs.
The program is funded by the New Mexico Works Act and SDE administrative funds. The initial $1.76 million will serve 2,211 children in FY 2004, which begins on July 1 and ends on September 30, 2004. The 17 grantees and the amounts awarded are as follows:
Albuquerque Public Schools (seven sites) $416,000
“The School-Age Care and Family Support Program offers poor
children the same advantages that are available to more affluent children
and helps them to understand the factors that lead to self-sufficiency
and the ability to work. Through this program, we are helping to alter
the generational cycle of poverty in New Mexico,” said Daniel
Clavio, the SDE’s School-Age TANF coordinator.