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Compton Unified partners for after-school programs

Compton Unified School District (CUSD) IS joining withThink Together, one of California’s largest nonprofit providers of expanded learning programs, to provide After School Education and Safety (ASES) programs to 28 schools serving more than 2,300

The Compton Unified School District has joined withThink Together, one of California’s largest nonprofit providers of expanded learning programs, to provide After School Education and for more than 2,300 students. Photo Courtesy CUSD.

Upwards of 2,300 Compton Unified School District students will participate in the afterschool programs at 28 sites

COMPTON (MNS) – Compton Unified School District (CUSD) IS joining withThink Together, one of California’s largest nonprofit providers of expanded learning programs, to provide After School Education and Safety (ASES) programs to 28 schools serving more than 2,300 students.

Darin Brawley. Courtesy CUSD

Think Together and CUSD share a mutual interest in providing students from low-income families with high-quality learning experiences that help to close the achievement gap. Think Together and CUSD are working together to implement an afterschool program model that aligns with in-school instruction to create a cohesive learning day for students.

“Providing quality, enriching afterschool experiences for students has been shown to both improve student achievement, and provide safe environments for students to remain engaged in educational and fun experiences beyond the school day,” said CUSD Superintendent Dr. Darin Brawley.

CUSD previously operated the afterschool programs in-house. Due to rising costs with employee benefits that make operating the programs internally fiscally challenging, the district issued requests for proposals to partner with qualified afterschool providers. Think Together applied and was selected in November 2018.

According to CUSD President Micah Ali, the critical importance of investing in quality afterschool programming is undeniable.

“Students benefit and parents benefit,” he said, “The Board has full confidence in Think Together as our afterschool program partner. We are proud to be able to offer this valuable programming at almost every school site in the district.”

After the contract was signed, Think Together and CUSD worked together to staff and launch programs in January 2019. Many CUSD program staff members previously employed by the district became Think Together employees. Think Together also provided new jobs for Compton and the surrounding communities by hiring local residents to fill other program positions.

Think Together’s core afterschool ASES program will engage Compton students in enriching, collaborative activities that focus on Think Together’s Programmatic Spotlights: English Language Arts [ELA], math, STEM, arts and enrichment, and youth development. The organization will work with District teachers and administrators to make sure the after-school curriculum is academically aligned to support district goals as outlined in the Local Control and Accountability Program (LCAP).

Said Tommy Brewer II, the agency’s deputy chief of Innovations and Partnerships,

“Think Together is thrilled to partner with CUSD. We’re committed to working with the district to prepare its students for college and career.”

The partnership increases Think Together’s footprint in Los Angeles County where the organization is already partnering with 14 other districts, including Lynwood Unified School District and Bellflower Unified School District, to serve more than 50,000 kids. Think Together will partner with CUSD to change the odds for kids and support the district’s commitment to “elevate Compton.”

Metropolis News Service.

 

 

 

 

 

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