Students in our program practice reading and math skills in a positive and supportive environment that is conducive to learning. We also provide a substantial snack, movement breaks and specialized classes such as arts & crafts, financial literacy, STEM, and social skills.
When a child shows up for school, and is not physically and mentally ready to learn, he or she never catches up.C. Everett Koop
The main site will accept children from any of the elementary schools in Muscatine in the k-5th grade age range.
Monday – Thursday 3:15 pm – 5:15 pm
Monday – Thursday 3:15 pm – 5:15 pm
No program when public school is either dismissed early or closed.
The After-school Program goal is to dramatically increase the engagement of the children of our district. By taking action now, we expect an immediate impact in these children’s lives and accomplishments.
- Maintain our current growth rates of approximately 10% faster in reading
- Increase family involvement and available educational opportunities
- Increase community awareness and involvement
- Increase attendance and engagement for students in the school environment
- Decrease behavioral referrals
We also promote duplication of our After-School Program. The new in-school locations are the first step in that process.
Children in the program receive:
- Homework help
- Support and encouragement from adult mentors
- a snack and movement break every day
- A safe and fun learning environment
After-School Program Community Need
- Poverty rates for the school district show the Jefferson School area to have the highest poverty rate in Muscatine with 84% of the 350 Jefferson families eligible for free and reduced meals in this low income neighborhood. (Source: Annual State of Education Report 2009. Iowa Department of Education)
- 100% of the children enrolled have no other free after-school program in their school’s neighborhood.
- Muscatine School District is currently averaging an 85% graduation rate.
Who We Serve
The Afterschool Alliance provided these national statistics:
- 19.4 million kids would participate in an afterschool program if one were available to them.
- 11 million kids are on their own in the hours after school.
- 23 million parents of school-age children work outside the home full time.
Community Cost of High School Drop Outs
After-School Program Results
- Students at the Flickinger Learning Center are improving their mathematics scores at a rate approaching 19% more than comparable non-Flickinger students and 10% in DIBELS (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills) raw words per minute reading abilities. For all about DIBELS, click here.
- The number of individual students served during 2012 was 85, averaging 42 students per day, five days per week. The children served were in Kindergarten through 5th grade. One hundred percent of the children served are from Muscatine. Jefferson School accounts for 70% of the students attending and 20% are from Washington School.
Muscatine Community School District says: (in the 2015-2016 school year), Flickinger Learning Center provided afterschool programming at Franklin Elementary to 13 students identified as at risk (based on two or more indicators) and were below benchmark on reading. Data showed that:
- In the fall, the students read on average 31 words per minute. By spring, they averaged 80 words per minute.
- One 2nd grade student began the fall reading only 11 words per minute. By the spring, this student was reading 109 words per minute.
- 3 students had behavior concerns in the classroom. After participating in the program, their frustration level decreased significantly, their peer relationships improved, and they were more engaged in the classroom.
2015-2016 School Year Accelerated Reading Program Results, showing reading ability relative to standard reading level
|Location||Students||School Year Start||School Year End|
|Franklin||8||7 above 80%, 1 below||7 at level, 0 below|
|Grant||10||10 above 80%, 0 below||9 at level, 1 below|
|Jefferson||12||9 above 80%, 3 below||12 at level, 0 below|
|Madison||16||13 above 80%, 3 below||13 at level, 3 below|
|McKinley||12||12 above 80%, 0 below||12 at level, 0 below|
|Washington||16||15 above 80%, 1 below||16 at level, 0 below|
|Flickinger Learning Center|
|Main||23||15 above 80%, 8 below||16 at level, 7 below|
|SVBC||17||14 above 80%, 3 below||14 at level, 3 below|
|Totals||114||95 above 80%, 19 below||99 at level, 15 below|
|Percentages||83% above 80%,17% below||87% at level, 13% below|
Our 2016 funded cost per student is $994.00. This figure is calculated by taking our total operating expenses divided by our total number of students served during 2016 of 240. This figure compares favorably to our 2011 cost per student of $961.96 and to our 2012 funded cost per student of $1,119.56. It should be noted that we receive tens of thousands of dollars in non-cash contributions on an annual basis including supplies from NAEIR and donations from community members that help to keep the cost per student very low.