Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program
21st Century Community Learning Centers
The Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Program supports the creation of community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools. OSPI oversees the administration of the federal grant, Title IV Part B, which funds 21st Century programs for our students.
This report describes how 21st CCLC subgrantees responded to the COVID-19–related school closures. The evaluation team administered a brief online survey to subgrantees to gather data that would answer the following evaluation questions: 1. Which programs still operated during spring 2020 and how? 2. What were the programs’ plans for summer 2020? 3. How were programs thinking about preparation for the 2020–21 school year? 4. What were the characteristics of online learning solutions implemented by programs during spring 2020?
The Nita M. Lowey 21st CCLC grant awards are up to five years, contingent upon federal funding. Programs must show progress in implementing the project goals and activities as approved in their original grant proposal. No grant is less than $100,000, and no grant will exceed $500,000.
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) allows a State Education Agency (SEA) to renew 21st Century Community Learning Center subgrants based on subgrantees’ performance during the previous subgrant period [§4204(j)]. The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is exercising its authority under the renewability provision of ESSA, extending eligible subgrants one time for one year, based on satisfactory performance of the grantee in the previous year. Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the 2020, 21st CCLC competition timeline has been pushed back by several months. The current cohort of grantees in their 5th year will not have the opportunity to compete again before the final year of their grant ends. Therefore, Cohort 12 will have the option to be renewed for one additional year until August 2021.
Non-regulatory guidance from the Department of Education.
See guidelines and reports on state and local evaluations for programs and activities.
Find a list of 21st Century Learning Grantees.
Through a range of training and professional development services, we promote quality standards and offer opportunities for afterschool and youth development program providers to develop skills, receive support and network with peers.
Professional Development/Grantee Activity Calendar.