Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman announced the expansion of his Achieve 24/7 initiative, building on the success of a pilot program held at Oakland Mills Middle School. Under the Achieve 24/7 program, the county’s Department of Community Resources and Services (DCRS) will offer small grants to county schools focused on closing the opportunity gap.

“We started Achieve 24/7 as a way to narrow the achievement gap and provide additional resources so all children and youth in Howard County can succeed,” said Kittleman. “We were excited by the results of our pilot program last summer at Oakland Mills Middle School, providing math instruction and enrichment activities. Most of the children involved advanced a level in math when they returned to school this fall.”

That prompted DCRS, working through its Office of the Local Children’s Board and the Achieve 24/7 initiative, to offer small grants to any public school in the county with the goal of advancing racial equity, improving mental health, providing opportunities and closing the achievement gap.

Proposals will be assessed using a rolling application process with a final submission deadline of March 29, 2019. Submissions and questions about the program should be directed to Quinton Askew at [email protected] or by calling 410-313-0221.