In Texas, the 21st CCLC program is called the Texas After-School Centers on Education program, or Texas ACE. TX ACE programs aim to improve student attendance, behavior, and academics, while providing safe supplemental learning space for students and families who otherwise would not have such opportunities. These grant-funded programs provide high quality supplemental enrichment activities that align with the regular academic schedule; and programs are encouraged to deliver those activities in creative, hands-on, and exploratory ways. The TEA funds local TX ACE programs through a competitive peer-review process.

The YMCA of Greater Houston partners with TX ACE21st CCLC to provide quality after school programming. This partnership allows us to have access to a wide range of resources that we then pass along to our families. Additionally, our staff is able to receive high quality training and guidance to better serve all TX ACE21st CCLC scholars. In order for us to provide the most enriching program, certain attendance requirements must be met. Scholars need to attend programming 5 days a week until at least 6 pm to ensure they receive the full academic benefit offered. Early pick-up can interrupt the scholar’s enrichment schedule and may cause them to miss out on fun academic opportunities. Parents are encouraged to attend at least one family engagement event per month. A calendar of events will be sent out monthly, along with reminders about scheduled activities.

Based on our most recent needs assessments, our goals for year two of the grant are as follows: improve and sustain growth in academics, attract and engage parents and community partners to enrich our scholars experience, and regularly incorporate college and career readiness in our programs.

For more information please contact Brenda Ware, Youth Development Senior Program Director, TX ACE 21st CCLC After-School Program at Brenda.Ware@ymcahouston.org.