Johnny Key

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21st Century Community Learning Centers

The 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program supports the creation of community learning centers that provide academic enrichment during non-school hours for children, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools. The program helps students meet state and local student standards in core academic subjects, such as reading and math; offers students a broad array of enrichment activities that can complement their regular academic programs; and offers literacy and other educational services to the families of participating children.

Click on the following link to view programs in Arkansas:

21st Century Community Learning Center Grantees (PDF)

Additional resources and references may be found at www.ed.gov/21stcclc

Arkansas 21st Century Community Learning Centers Statewide Evaluation (PDF)

2018-19 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant Application

The Arkansas Department of Education will receive funding from the United States Department of Education to fund 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC). 21st CCLC grant funds are awarded through a competitive grant process based on the implementation of research-based academic improvement practices, through collaborative efforts between schools, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations and other eligible entities.

Authorized under Title IV, Part B, Section 4201 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the purpose of the 21st CCLC grant program is to establish or expand community learning centers that provide students with out-of-school academic enrichment activities designed to complement the students’ regular academic program. 21st CCLC must also offer literacy and other related educational opportunities to families of student participants. Centers may be located in elementary schools, secondary schools, or other similarly accessible facilities. Eligible entities are local educational agencies, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, other public or private entities, or a consortium of two or more such agencies, organizations or entities. Targeted local educational agencies must meet 40% or higher free/reduced lunch criteria.

Arkansas will award priority points to the following applicants: 

1. Joint applications
2. Programs offering summer activities
3. Programs providing services to high school youth (grades 9-12)
4. Applicants that have never received a 21st CCLC Grant

All grant applications will be electronic and can be found at https://21cclcgrant.smapply.io. Directions for accessing the grant application, grant guidelines, scoring rubric and technical assistance training information are attached to this Commissioner’s Memo. Applications must be submitted by May 20, 2018, at 11:59 p.m.  

Technical assistance trainings for the 2018-19  21st Century Community Learning Centers grant application will be held at the Wyndham Riverfront Hotel in North Little Rock beginning at 9:00 on April 17th and 23rd.  Specific 21st CCLC guidelines and application information will be addressed during the trainings. Attendance is not required for grant submission.  Follow this link to register for either technical assistance training:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/M2SG7FN.

 

Smiling children at a learning center

(Webpage updated on February 1, 2017)

For more information, please contact:

Tracy Webb, Program Manager, 21st Century Community Learning Centers
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of 
Public School Accountability
Four Capitol Mall, Box 26

Little Rock, AR 72201

Phone: 501-683-4497
Fax: 501-682-5136
Email: tracy.webb@arkansas.gov
 
 
James Graham, Fiscal Support Supervisor, 21st Century Community Learning Centers

Arkansas Department of Education

Division of Public School Accountability
Statewide System of Support
Four Capitol Mall, Box 26
Little Rock, AR 72201

Phone: 501-682-2282 

Fax: 501-682-5136
Email: james.graham@arkansas.gov

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