Applications for the next round of 21st Century Community Learning Center, or 21st CCLC, grants are now available. The centers provide students with academic enrichment opportunities and activities designed to complement regular school instruction. All application documents are below.
The learning centers are intended to assist students from high-poverty areas and low-performing schools. Funding comes from the federal government in the form of formula grants to states. Because it is authorized under the No Child Left Behind law, programming must include an academic component and content-specific enrichment activities.
Grant applications must be submitted to the South Dakota Department of Education by Feb. 27.
The 21st CCLC team has set up two webinars for potential applicants. Webinars are scheduled for Jan. 21 and 23 and will provide guidance and the opportunity for applicants to ask questions. Webinar participants must pre-register by Jan. 16. The webinars are not required, but applicants are strongly encouraged to participate in one. Click here to register for one of the webinars.
For more information, contact Sue Burgard, South Dakota Department of Education, at (605) 773-5238 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The state will use a peer review process to evaluate and score applications for 21st Century Community Learning Centers grants. Therefore, we are seeking qualified individuals with diverse expertise, geographic location, gender, racial and ethnic representation to participate as evaluators in the peer review process for the 21st CCLC grants. Examples of individuals sought include (but are not limited to): experts in extended learning and out-of-school time practices, teachers, principals, youth development experts and practitioners, community and youth service providers, representatives of faith-based organizations, private-sector individuals involved in education, local and civic leaders, representatives from foundations and other charitable organizations, and college and university staff. The application and rubric for the scoring process are below.
The 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program is to establish or expand community learning centers that provide students with academic enrichment opportunities along with activities designed to complement the students’ regular academic program.
Centers provide a range of high-quality services to support student learning and development, including tutoring and mentoring, homework help, academic enrichment (such as hands-on science or technology programs), and community service opportunities, as well as music, arts, sports and cultural activities.
Centers must provide academic enrichment activities to students that attend high-poverty or Title 1 school-wide schools to help them meet state and local standards in core subjects especially reading, and mathematics. At the same time, centers help working parents by providing a safe environment for students when school is not in session.
Eligible applicants are those who primarily serve students and the families of the students of high poverty schools. 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program must be located in public school facilities or in facilities that are at least as available and accessible to the students to be served as if the program were located in a public elementary, middle, or secondary school. Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the statutory program requirements of serving students from schools eligible for school-wide Title I programs or schools with 40% or greater poverty based upon free and reduced lunch as determined using verified information.