This is a terrific example of community collaboration in action. Through this program, we will be able to provide students in high-need areas of the City with the services and supports they need to be successful in school and in life. There is no doubt that this program will yield positive long-term benefits for our students, families and our community as a whole,” said Interim Superintendent Lois F. Berlin.
LINK (Linking Instruction/ Nurturing Knowledge) is an after school and summer program for K-5 students who reside in Brent Place Apartments, located in Alexandria's West End. The program is designed to "Wrap Arms" around these students by providing additional support through intensive academic tutoring and homework help. This will include project-based learning opportunities, enrichment activities, field trips, and social and emotional support services. Families of the participating students will also be offered a variety of onsite trainings designed to increase involvement in their child’s education and improve their overall quality of life.
ACPS will be working in close collaboration with Homes for America and other community partners, including the Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS), the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia and Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) of Northern Virginia, and with the ACPS Family and Community Engagement Center (FACE) to provide services needed to support the Brent Place families.
DCHS will provide onsite wrap-around support for students and families, a weekly support group for parents and guardians, and workforce development training for adult family members. The Literacy Council of Northern Virginia will offer family literacy and English classes to families, while SCAN of Northern Virginia will provide a 14-week curriculum-based “Strengthening Families” training for families.
Funding for this incredible opportunity is available through a three-year 21st Century Community Learning Center grant from the Department of Education. The grant has been awarded in collaboration with non-profit housing developer Homes for America. The program will be based at Brent Place Apartments, an affordable housing community in Alexandria’s West End. It will serve students who reside at Brent Place and attend Patrick Henry Elementary School, William Ramsay Elementary School, Samuel Tucker Elementary School and John Adams Elementary School. The program will launch in October and will continue through the end of the 2019-20 school year.
Learn more information about the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant program.