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Five Ways the Arts are Good for Kids

Young children love to draw, paint, sing, and dance, and these activities play an important role in their early development. The benefits of arts participation persist into adolescence and beyond. Here are five reasons why the arts are important for children.
1. Arts participation is associated with numerous positive academic and personal outcomes.
2. The benefits of arts participation may be greatest for children who are economically disadvantaged.
3. Arts organizations can positively influence children's neighborhoods.
4. Children's arts participation varies by age, gender, and educational status.
5. Music, in particular, may give children a brain boost.



2017-20 Cohort 9 RFA

Important Dates
• Letter of intent due: May 4, 2017
• Applications due: May 26, 2017
• Grant period: October 1, 2017 – September 30, 2020

The 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) grant is a competitive grant that provides federal funding to establish community learning centers that provide academic, artistic and cultural enrichment opportunities for students and their families. These opportunities must occur during non-school hours or periods when school is not in session to help students attending high-poverty and low-performing schools to meet state and local standards in core academic subjects. Centers must also offer students a broad array of activities that can complement their regular academic programs, to offer literacy and other educational services to their families.