Department Overview

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    The Department of Federal Programs and Grants oversees compliance with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  ESSA is the federal law signed into effect in 2015 that governs elementary and secondary education across the United States.   The Department also applies for and manages other federal, state or local grants that provide additional resources across the District.  

    Responsibilities of the Department of Federal Programs include:   

    • Provide support to district and school staff to ensure compliance with programmatic and fiscal requirements required by federal and state law.
    • Offer assistance to schools in using all government or other grant related funds to support quality educational programming for all students in order to raise academic achievement
    • Work with federal, state, and local agencies on programming or grant efforts to benefit students and families within the Reading School District.
    • Oversee implementation of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) held in all secondary buildings across the district

21st Century Program

  • What is 21st CCLC? 
    The 21st CCLC Program is a collaboration between Reading School District and Olivet Boys & Girls Club.  The program is funded through a state grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Education.  21st CCLC is an afterschool program that provides students with a safe place to go where they can receive additional academic assistance, learn new skills, socialize, and have a meal. 

    The program goal is to increase state standardized test scores in reading, math, and science while decreasing truancy, negative behaviors and dropout rates.  Students learn valuable life skills such as thinking, reasoning, teamwork, investigative, and creative skills.

    Who can participate in 21st CCLC?
    Any student in grades 6 – 12 can participate in the 21st CCLC Program.  This program is especially meant for students who need use extra assistance with academics. 

    Where and when does the program take place?
    21st CCLC operates at all four middle schools, Reading Intermediate High School, and Reading High School.   It operates from 3:30 until 6:30 pm on Tuesdays through Fridays at the four middle schools and Reading Intermediate High School.  Reading High School operates on Tuesdays through Fridays from 2:40 pm until 6:00 pm.   The high school program focuses on credit recovery for students.   The program does operate during the summer months as well, on a different schedule.

    What types of activities do students participate in at 21st CCLC?
    21st CCLC provides academic assistance in addition to engaging students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) programming.  The first half of each day is spend on academics, homework help, and other fun learning activities taught by Reading School District teachers.  The second half involves STEM programming operated by Olivet Boys & Girls Club.  Activities include building robots, playing chess, using programming languages such as Scratch, and engaging in other exciting hands-on science experiments.  Students receive a free meal during the program each day as well.

    How can a student get involved in 21st CCLC? 
    Interested students can get an application from the 21st CCLC teachers at their schools.   Applications must be filled out and signed by a parent/guardian before any student is allowed to participate.


  • Jennifer O’Brien
    Director of Federal Programs and Grants

Parent/Family Engagement

    • Parent/family engagement is a process that helps parents/families participate in school activities and learning to help students succeed.

    • Every school district in Pennsylvania has a parent/family engagement policy where parents are invited to give input.

    • The District receives Title I money from the state for each school to conduct parent/family engagement activities and to provide Parent Outreach Assistants (POAs).

    • All schools have a Parent/Family Engagement Policy and School/Parent Compact that shows how the school engages families. Parents are invited to review and give input on these.

    • Schools will provide workshops and sessions for parents on understanding academic assessments and how to help their children succeed in school

    • Parent/Family Engagement Policy (English)

    • Parent/Family Engagement Policy (Spanish)

Title 1 Information

  • Reading School District staff is fully committed to helping children develop the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in school and beyond. Federal Title I funds are used to assist our students in meeting state achievement standards.

    Our 2018-19 Title 1 Right-To-Know letter, available in English and Spanish, lets you know about your right to request information about the qualifications of classroom staff working with your child and information about student assessments given during the school year. Click here to read the full letter.