School programs

United Way receives grant to support after-school programs in Haverhill, Methuen, Lawrence

United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley will work with Haverhill, Methuen and Lawrence, among other economically disadvantaged communities, to provide support for after-school and out-of-school programs, representing an opportunity for recovery of impacts on student learning caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The agency received a $4.5 million grant from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to provide ongoing support, training, technical assistance, coaching, professional development, assessment, management financial and program monitoring. The grant also helps build more effective partnerships between schools, early learning centers, and nonprofit community organizations to create an effective network of high-quality learning environments to better support young people.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the urgent need to invest more vigorously in after-school time programs to ensure young people are engaged in their learning at any age and stay on the path to post-secondary success,” said Bob Giannino, local United Way president and CEO. “This funding will help us fill the gaps so that school districts and OSI providers are connected, thoughtfully engaged, and effective in supporting the social-emotional development of our young people, who need these holistic supports now more than ever. »