PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A city effort to provide quality after-school programs is expanding.
The first year of the city’s effort to coordinate out-of-school activities saw new literacy programs aimed at helping young students read by fourth grade.READ MORE: Philadelphia-Area Clinics Temporarily Close, Pivot After FDA, CDC Recommend Pausing Use Of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 Vaccine
It’s at three schools now, and city managing director Mike DeBerardinis says it’s about to ramp up.
“In the next few months we will be up to 17 new sites in libraries, recreation centers, and continue to move in schools and other nonprofits,” he explained.READ MORE: Lateshia Hill's Family Vows Justice Will Be Served After Deadly Triple Shooting In Wilmington
City Parks and Rec, the Library, and other groups got together this week to assess progress. DeBerardinis says organizers are still designing the focus of the middle and high school programs.
He says middle school sessions launching in two years or so are expected to center on self-esteem through competency in arts or sports or math.MORE NEWS: Duante Wright Shooting: Dozens March In Philadelphia In Protest Of Fatal Police Shooting
The high school programs will be designed to help students track their career path.