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New York Life Foundation Grants $776,400 To The Developmental Studies Center To Provide More Children With After-School Enrichment

Grant Funds Pilot Expansion of Reading and Math Enrichment Programs for Disadvantaged Youth in Three Cities

NEW YORK, N.Y., APRIL 21, 2008 – The Developmental Studies Center (DSC) announced that it was awarded a $776,400 grant from the New York Life Foundation to expand access to its Afterschool KidzLit and Afterschool KidzMath enrichment programs in the Chicago, Los Angeles and New York City metropolitan areas.

“Thanks to this support from the New York Life Foundation, DSC can make these important programs more widely available,” said Eric Schaps, president, Developmental Studies Center. “This grant will help thousands of disadvantaged youth to enrich their lives on many levels, by strengthening academic motivation and skills, and by deepening their commitment to such values as kindness, helpfulness, and respect for others.”

“The New York Life Foundation is proud to support an initiative that underscores our commitment to helping young people build their academic and social skills, and experience the positive influences of participation in a caring community of their peers,” said Chris Park, president, New York Life Foundation. “DSC’s reading and math enrichment programs will promote the kinds of cognitive, social and ethical learning that can make a lasting difference for kids.”

DSC’s goal is to roll out the KidzLit and KidzMath programs to significant numbers of after-school sites in the New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles areas. KidzLit is a K–8 reading enrichment and social development program built around 180 popular children’s books featuring diverse cultures and settings. KidzMath is a K– 6 math enrichment and social development program built around a mix of 50 collaborative games and 20 math-related storybooks.

Each site will receive matching grant funds to cover 50 percent of their costs of purchasing KidzLit and KidzMath materials. Grant funds will cover the entire cost of implementation training for up to three staff persons for up to 30 after-school sites in each city. As part of the partnership with the New York Life Foundation, DSC is offering all other qualifying sites a 20 percent reduction in materials costs along with the free staff training.

New York Life and DSC are using this three-city initiative as a pilot program for potential national expansion. They estimate that a minimum of 25,000 students will be served during this pilot phase.

About Developmental Studies Center
Headquartered in Oakland, Calif., DSC is a nonprofit organization that has been dedicated since 1980 to promoting children’s academic, social, and ethical learning in a uniquely integrated manner. DSC seeks to help all children acquire the academic skills they need to be productive citizens, to think deeply and critically so they can continue learning throughout their lives, and to deepen their commitment to democratic values. In the past eight years, DSC’s in-school programs have been adopted in over 80,000 classrooms and its after-school programs in over 3,500 after-school sites. Most of these classrooms and after-school sites serve minority and low-income young people. For more information, please go to

About The New York Life Foundation
The New York Life Foundation is the major vehicle through which New York Life Insurance Company channels contributions to national and local nonprofit organizations. Through its Nurturing the Children initiative, the Foundation supports organizations, programs and services that target young people, particularly in the areas of mentoring, safe places to learn and grow, and educational enhancement opportunities. Since 1979, the New York Life Foundation has donated more than $100 million to national and local non-profit organizations. Please visit the Foundation’s Web site at

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New York Life Foundation Grants $776,400 To The Developmental Studies Center To Provide More Children With After-School Enrichment

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