PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Hundreds of children who have no place to go after school, will now be able to take part in an after school programs, thanks to a $2.2 million grant from the Maine Department of Education.

With that money, LearningWorks, which already runs after school programs intwo Portland Elementary schools, will be able to expand to the Ocean Avenue and Presumpscot schools, as well as to schools in Biddeford.

In all some 1,400 students will be able to take advantage of a longer day of learning, which teachers say is crucial for kids who don't get educational experiences after the final bell rings.

Some of the students who take part are immigrant kids, so they will be able to work on the English skills after school. The focus of the programs will be on science, math and technology.

A 4 week summer program will kick things off in July, with regular after-school programming beginning in September.

Editor's Note: Ethan Strimling, the CEO of LearningWorks, is a NEWS CENTER political analyst.

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