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Elementary and Primary Education
Harris County Department of Education
News Release
Tuesday, August 30, 2011

HCDE announces $1.6 million in after-school funding for 32 area schools through CASE Partnership Quality Improvement Project Award funding

Thirty-two area schools in Harris County gain $1.6 million in after-school grants to assist with providing academic enrichment to economically disadvantaged students during the 2011-2012 school year. 

Harris County Department of Education’s Cooperative for After-School Enrichment collaborates with the Houston Galveston Area Council at the regional level to administer the federal funds which flow through the Texas Workforce Commission.

“Harris County Department of Education supports an 11-year-old collaboration with Houston Galveston Area Council to use our own organizational funds to help boost and leverage federal funds to support after-school,” Lisa Caruthers, director of CASE said. “These funds enable schools to launch after-school programs or expand pre-existing programs.”

Public school districts receiving funds from the “Partnership Quality Improvement Project Award” include Aldine, Alief, Galena Park, Houston and Pasadena.  Awards range from $30,000, $40,000 or $50,000 per school. 

Schools receiving grant funding include:  Aldine—Goodman Elementary, Raymond Academy, and Stehlik Intermediate; Alief—Boone and Kennedy elementary schools; Galena Park—Pyburn Elementary; and Houston—Bastian, Berry, Bonner, Briscoe, Davila, DeZavala, Emerson, Field, Frost, Kate Bell, and Martinez, Park Place, Patterson, Pleasantville, Rodriguez, Roosevelt, Ross, Scroggins, Stevenson, Wharton, Whidby, and Young elementary schools;  Pasadena—Frazier and South Houston elementary schools;and Texas charters—Alief Montessori Community and Academy of Accelerated Learning.

“Communities are truly in need of quality after-school programs where children are nurtured and feel safe during our current economic climate, and we’re excited to establish relationships which strengthen, support and sustain after-school for children,” Caruthers said.

Schools may use the funding to secure certified teachers or contracted service providers for after-school programs or to provide activities that target academic improvement and enrichment.   The goal of the Partnership Quality Improvement Project is to support out-of-school time programming that promotes school readiness and early learning and literacy.  

About CASE: The Cooperative for After-School Enrichment (CASE) is a division of Harris County Department of Education.  CASE provides after-school programs in over 70 after-school sites in Harris County for about 12,000 students in elementary through high school in greater Harris County. The CASE mission is to strengthen, support and sustain after school for all children. Formed in 1999 by HCDE, the CASE vision is to ensure that every child in Harris County has access to a quality after-school program.  For more information about CASE AmeriCorps, call Justin Jackson at (713) 696-1375 or e-mail

About HCDE: Harris County Department of Education provides education services to the general public and 26 school districts throughout Harris County and beyond. Services include adult education, programs to promote safe schools, after-school programs, therapy services, professional development for educators, special schools, alternative certification for principals and teachers, and Head Start programs.  We offer purchasing procurement, grant development, program research and evaluation, records management, and school finance support.  Since 1889, our services continue to evolve to meet the needs of our education public. Visit us at   

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