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21st Century Community Learning Centers - Program Summary


The purpose of the 21st CCLC program is to provide, to establish or expand community learning centers that:
  1. provide opportunities for academic enrichment, including tutorial services to help students, particularly students who attend low-performing schools, to meet the challenging State academic standards;

  2. offer students a broad array of additional services, programs and activities during non-school hours such as youth development activities, service learning, nutrition and health education, drug and violence prevention programs, counseling programs, arts, music, physical fitness and wellness programs, technology education programs, financial literacy programs, environmental literacy programs, mathematics, science, career and technical programs, internship or apprenticeship programs, and other ties to an in-demand industry sector or occupation for high school students that are designed to reinforce and complement the regular academic program of participating students; and

  3. offer families of students served by community learning centers opportunities for active and meaningful engagement in their children’s education, including opportunities for literacy and related educational development.


Section 4204(j) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), authorizes State Education Agencies (SEAs) to renew projects awarded under the Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program to eligible entities based on the eligible entity’s performance during the preceding subgrant period.
Subrecipients that receive a renewed grant period are required to submit an application for the extended funding period. The scope of work of the project should not change drastically during the extended funding period; grantees should continue to serve a substantially similar population and number of students and families served overall.

Renewal applications will be done through a Request for Applications (RFA). Projects that did not have satisfactory performance during the previous project period are not eligible for renewal. Program sites that are currently funded under another 21st CCLC project are not eligible for funding under renewability. Renewability is subject to the availability of funds from the United States Department of Education (ED).