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The Developmental Studies Center Seeks Proposals From After School Programs To Benefit From $2,400,000 New York Life Foundation Grant

Academic Enrichment Pilot Expands to Serve Disadvantaged Youth In Four Regions Nationwide

NEW YORK, N.Y., DECEMBER 4, 2008 – The Developmental Studies Center (DSC) announced that it has been awarded a three-year, $2,400,000 grant from the New York Life Foundation to expand the New York Life After-School pilot program. The pilot program, which began in 2007 and was funded through a separate grant from the New York Life Foundation, will now expand to twelve regions across the country over three years. The grant will bring high-quality, low-cost literacy and math curricula to tens of thousands of disadvantaged school-age children by providing AfterSchool KidzLit® and AfterSchool KidzMath™ materials at a significantly reduced cost and complimentary training to administrators.

As a result of the grant announced today, The Developmental Studies Center is currently requesting proposals from after school sites serving youth in northern California, southern Florida, northern New Jersey and the greater Dallas metro area to benefit from the first phase of the expansion of the pilot. DSC will work with the New York Life Foundation to determine the remaining eight regions over the next two phases of the expansion.

Thirty of the after-school sites chosen will receive 50 percent discounts towards the cost of AfterSchool KidzLit® and AfterSchool KidzMath™ materials; all other applicants will receive a 20 percent discount. The grant also provides all participating programs with free professional development workshops. Introductory and follow-up workshops will be conducted in each city for up to three staff members from each site. After-school providers that adopt AfterSchool KidzLit® and/or AfterSchool KidzMath™ at ten or more sites will also receive workshops that are specifically tailored to those organizations’ needs.

The goal of the expansion is for AfterSchool KidzLit® and/or AfterSchool KidzMath™ after-school programs to be adopted by 30 or more high-need after-school sites in four locations each year, over three years, benefiting at least 14,400 young people per year.

Applications will be accepted online exclusively until January 30, 2009. Participating sites will be notified by February 20, 2009. For more information about the application deadline and process, please visit www.devstu.org/nylife/index.html

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.

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 $110 million to national and local non-profit organizations. Please visit the Foundation’s Web site at www.newyorklifefoundation.org

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