SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- With $35 million newly freed up for after-school programs in high-need New York state districts, both Syracuse and Oswego City are among the school districts eligible to apply for grants.

Westcott Community Center Executive Director Joan Royle says more than 500 students take part in activities here.

It helps not only provide a safe space and helps parents with child care, it's also where additional learning takes place.

"It's time for students to get the extra help they need with homework, to be able to learn more about enrichment activities that they don't have time to learn about during the middle of the day in their regular schoolwork, and gives them a chance to get some of that targeted tutoring that they truly need," Royle said.