Governor Cuomo Announces $10 Million in Empire State After-School Program Awards

Syracuse City School District to receive $312,000. Latest Round of Funding Expands the Empire State After-School Program to 80 Programs and More Than 34,000 Slots Statewide

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $10 million in Empire State After-School Program funding is being awarded to 33 high-need school districts and community-based organizations. Now in its third year, the additional funds build on two years of growth with an additional 6,250 after-school program slots, bringing the total number of children served to more than 34,000 statewide.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo

“After-school programs help students stay on track and offer a positive and productive place for students to spend their after-school hours, giving parents peace of mind,” Governor Cuomo said.  “By increasing the availability of after-school program slots, we can guide even more students to find the right path to success.”

Research shows that children who participate in quality after-school programs have better attendance, higher academic achievement, and are less likely to be involved in risky behaviors after the bell rings to close the school day.

As a condition of eligibility, school districts must adopt quality indicators such as a quality learning environment, staff-to-student interaction and student outcomes.


Long Island: $2.4M

Amityville Union Free School District  $680,000
Hempstead Union Free School District  $680,000
YMCA of Long Island (serving Huntington Union Free School District)  $217,600
Girl Scouts of Suffolk County (serving Riverhead Central School District)  $312,000
Economic Opportunity Council of Suffolk (serving Sachem Central School District)  $510,400


NYC: $4M

District 2: Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center $81,600
District 4: “I Have A Dream” Foundation – NY $73,600
District 6: Fresh Youth Initiatives $81,600
District 8: Casita Maria $408,000
District 9: The Crenulated Company $203,200
District 10: NYC School District $680,000
District 12: East Side House $441,600
District 14: St. Nick’s Alliance Corporation $353,600
District 17: Kids Creative 404 $163,200
District 18: University Settlement Society of New York $163,200
District 19: Grand Street Settlement $136,000
District 20: New York City School District $380,800
District 21: NIA Community Services Network $424,000
District 22: CAMBA $81,600
District 23: I’Raise Girls & Boys International Corp. $136,000
District 28: Sheltering Arms Children and Family Services $67,200
District 29: Southern Queens Park Association $78,400
District 30: Variety Boys & Girls Club of Queens $46,400


Upstate Region: $3.6M


Hudson Valley

East Ramapo Central School District $680,000
Peekskill City School District $521,600
Boys & Girls Club of Newburgh (serving Newburgh City School District) $380,800
Poughkeepsie City School District $353,600
Kingston City School District $272,000


Central NY

Syracuse City School District $312,000
Booker T. Washington Community Center of Auburn (serving Auburn City School District) $163,200


Western NY

Urban League of Rochester (serving Rochester City School District) $136,000
Boys & Girls Club of Buffalo (serving Buffalo City School District) $408,000


Capital Region

Amsterdam City School District $372,800


Importance of After-School

After-school programs give children the opportunity to thrive in an environment that encourages exploration and creative expression. They provide inspiring and enriching activities that the kids often do not receive elsewhere. After-school programs allow children to discover their potential and uncover their interests and be a part of their own community. After-school programs provide a structured and resourceful environment that invests in a child’s development – from social emotional development, to better understanding of their interests and goals, to identifying their likes and dislikes, to valuing team efforts and taking chances in a safe environment where they are mentored and encouraged.