An Idea Is Born
The Communities Together Can (CTC) After School Program (ASP) is an unique 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) compared to other state sites. It is truly a community collaboration but the three primary partners are; Columbus Public Schools, University of Nebraska - Lincoln Extension, and 21st CCLC.
1999, a Community Needs Assessment study was done identifying a need
for licensed childcare, especially school age care in Columbus. A
Childcare Task Force was formed consisting of various community
partners such as: Columbus Family YMCA, ESU 7, Columbus Public Schools,
Columbus Collaborative Team, Health and Human Services and UNL
Extension. Lisa Kaslon, UNL Extension Youth Educator, wrote a grant
proposal for a federal grant offered by the Department of Agriculture
called 'Children, Youth and Families at Risk (CYFAR) Grant'. Through
this five year grant, the CTC ASP became a reality and opened two sites in August 2003. By August 2005,
all five Columbus Public Elementary Schools had an ASP. The Columbus Middle School After Hours Program opened in
In May of 2008, CTC ASP received new federal funding through the Department of Education, 21st CCLC Grant. Lisa Kaslon and UNL Extension took the lead in the application process, along with committed support from various community partners. Columbus Public Schools serves as the fiscal agent for this community project. Typically these grants are awarded to school districts as the sole administrating entity. 21st CCLC looks to the CTC ASP to serve as a model for other communities in the State of Nebraska, encouraging community collaborations such as Columbus has accomplished to provide after school programming.
In May 2017 CTC officially changed it's name to Columbus After School Program (CASP).