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Meetings

Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers SEA Coordinators Meetings

The Nita M. Lowey 21st CCLC program hosts meetings for SEA Coordinators twice a year to provide Department updates and information and resources to support their State program.  Recorded sessions and presentations can be found here. You must have a Y4Y login to access these SEA-only resources.

Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers Summer Symposiums

The Nita M. Lowey 21st CCLC program is pleased to host an annual symposium for 21st CCLC State educational agencies and 21st CCLC subgrantees and their partners.  The symposium offers plenary sessions, topical breakout sessions, networking opportunities, and exhibits designed to engage and inspire attendees.  Recorded sessions from virtual symposiums and presentations can be found here.

Correspondence

21st CCLC BSCA Memo

This document describes the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act supplemental funds allocated to States and effective ways to use these funds (October 27, 2022)

Resources for Resettled Afghan Evacuees

Dear Colleague Letter from Deputy Secretary Marten Regarding Federal K-12 Resources to Support Resettled Afghan Students (January 14, 2022)

Dear Colleague letter on community violence intervention resources

This document outlines resources that are available to states, districts, and schools to support community violence intervention efforts (October 25, 2021)

Waivers

The Department receives waiver requests by 21st CCLC programs and by the State educational agency for a variety of reasons.  To view waivers by State, program, or year visit State Requests for Waivers.

Monitoring Reports

The Department’s Nita M. Lowey 21st CCLC program team monitors States annually to ensure programs are aligned to statute and relevant regulations.  To access State monitoring reports, please click State Reports.  You may search by State, program, year, and category. For monitoring reports, select Performance Review in the Category dropdown.

Legislation, Regulations, and Guidance

Legislation

Program Authority: Title IV, Part B of the ESEA, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
(20 U.S.C. 7171-7176).

The authorizing legislation can be found at https://www2.ed.gov/documents/essa-act-of-1965.pdf (see pages 233 through 244 of the legislation).


Regulations

The following portions of EDGAR apply to the 21st CCLC program:  34 C.F.R. Part 76-State-Administered programs; 34 C.F.R. Part 77-Definitions that Apply to Department Regulations; 34 C.F.R. Part 82-New Restrictions on Lobbying; 34 C.F.R. Part 85-Governmentwide Debarment and Suspension (Non-procurement) and Governmentwide Requirements for Drug-Free Workplace (Grants); and 34 C.F.R. Part 99-Family Educational Rights and Privacy.

The Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (commonly called “Uniform Guidance”) was adopted by the Department in December 2014, 2 CFR Part 3474, and provides a government-wide framework for grants management and sets an authoritative set of rules and requirements for Federal awards that synthesizes and supersedes guidance from earlier OMB circulars.   The Uniform Guidance addresses such issues as time and effort certifications, indirect cost reimbursement, timely obligation of funds and carryover, financial management rules, program income, record retention, property/equipment/supplies inventory controls, procurement, monitoring, conflicts, travel policies, and allowable costs.


Guidance

  • Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers Draft Non-Regulatory Guidance PDF (May 17, 2023)
    • The Department has published this guidance document as a draft for public comment. The guidance is intended as a comprehensive document to support State educational agencies and their subgrantees meet statutory requirements. Please submit substantive comments about the content of the draft, including feedback on any additional topics you would like to see included, to feedback@ed.gov by June 16, 2023.
  • DRAFT Title VIII, Part F of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as Amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act: Equitable Services for Eligible Private School Children, Teachers, and Other Educational Personnel, Non-Regulatory Guidance PDF (March 30, 2022)

Funding Status & Awards

Funding Status

Fiscal Year 2020 Fiscal Year 2021 Fiscal Year 2022*
Total Appropriation $1,249,673,000 $1,259,673,000 $1,339,673,000
National Activities $12,496,730 $12,596,730 $13,396,730
Total to Outlying Areas & the Bureau of Indian Education $12,496,730 $12,596,730 $13,396,730
Total New Awards to States (52 Awards) $1,224,679,540 $1,234,479,540 $1,312,879,540

*The fiscal year 2022 figures include funds provided under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2022, and the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act.

Awards

AWARDS TO STATES Fiscal Year 2020 Fiscal Year 2021 Fiscal Year 2022*
ALABAMA  $19,545,710  $19,901,921 $20,465,278
ALASKA  $6,123,398  $6,172,398 $6,564,398
ARIZONA  $24,994,192  $25,439,035 $27,669,596
ARKANSAS  $11,600,403  $12,346,835 $12,459,332
CALIFORNIA  $148,412,688  $148,460,316 $159,198,642
COLORADO  $10,900,835  $11,490,676 $12,430,666
CONNECTICUT  $10,006,585  $10,895,464 $12,115,747
DELAWARE  $6,123,398  $6,172,398 $6,564,398
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA  $6,123,398  $6,172,398 $6,564,398
FLORIDA  $69,394,845  $69,342,117 $71,393,341
GEORGIA  $41,188,341  $41,865,308 $44,432,353
HAWAII  $6,123,398  $6,172,398 $6,564,398
IDAHO  $6,123,398  $6,172,398 $6,564,398
ILLINOIS  $51,305,680  $49,802,313 $53,976,143
INDIANA  $19,322,747  $19,652,172 $18,887,756
IOWA  $6,453,046  $7,630,406 $7,955,457
KANSAS  $7,615,576  $8,182,903 $8,569,833
KENTUCKY  $17,405,012  $19,882,291 $19,938,896
LOUISIANA  $25,855,242  $25,669,404 $28,270,709
MAINE  $6,123,398  $6,172,398 $6,564,398
MARYLAND  $18,724,638  $19,222,800 $22,573,133
MASSACHUSETTS  $19,360,726  $18,030,542 $20,026,559
MICHIGAN  $35,118,438  $36,647,932 $37,065,491
MINNESOTA  $12,625,550  $13,010,917 $13,924,875
MISSISSIPPI  $15,305,469  $16,031,287 $17,463,301
MISSOURI  $18,779,527  $19,275,786 $20,037,495
MONTANA  $6,123,398  $6,172,398 $6,564,398
NEBRASKA  $6,123,398  $6,172,398 $6,564,398
NEVADA  $10,557,690  $10,561,560 $11,778,921
NEW HAMPSHIRE  $6,123,398  $6,172,398 $6,564,398
NEW JERSEY  $27,962,639  $27,236,774 $27,774,052
NEW MEXICO  $9,781,956  $9,645,801 $10,209,868
NEW YORK  $93,431,769  $88,559,180 $96,349,979
NORTH CAROLINA  $35,705,368  $35,459,693 $39,016,351
NORTH DAKOTA  $6,123,398  $6,172,398 $6,564,398
OHIO  $44,074,539  $44,059,069 $46,603,504
OKLAHOMA  $14,500,701  $14,714,873 $15,645,694
OREGON  $10,910,316  $11,044,361 $10,980,464
PENNSYLVANIA  $47,191,978  $49,230,186 $55,473,226
PUERTO RICO  $31,453,058  $29,220,994 $33,109,374
RHODE ISLAND  $6,123,398  $6,172,398 $6,564,398
SOUTH CAROLINA  $19,488,376  $20,808,076 $20,397,624
SOUTH DAKOTA  $6,123,398  $6,172,398 $6,564,398
TENNESSEE  $23,414,679  $24,508,412 $24,982,228
TEXAS  $115,850,845  $122,349,034 $124,864,027
UTAH  $6,123,398  $6,172,398 $6,775,684
VERMONT  $6,123,398  $6,172,398 $6,564,398
VIRGINIA  $21,496,398  $20,782,874 $22,913,348
WASHINGTON  $19,540,746  $18,250,836 $20,985,459
WEST VIRGINIA  $7,805,802  $7,501,564 $7,644,116
WISCONSIN  $15,746,460  $15,179,858 $16,619,446
WYOMING  $6,123,398  $6,172,398 $6,564,398

*The fiscal year 2022 figures include funds provided under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2022, and the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act.

Additional Information

Please see the U.S. Department of Education’s (ED’s) Budget History Tables for information on the President’s budget requests and enacted appropriations for major ED programs.

Eligibility

Who May Apply: (by category) State Education Agencies (SEAs)

Who May Apply: (specifically) Awards are made to SEAs, which in turn manage statewide competitions and award grants to eligible entities. For this program, eligible entity means local education agencies (LEAs),community-based organizations, Indian tribe or tribal organization (as such terms are defined in section 4 of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Act (25 U.S.C.450b)), another public or private entity, or a consortium of 2 or more such agencies, organizations or entities, may apply to states for subgrants.

Consistent with this definition of eligible entities, faith-based organizations are eligible to participate in the Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers program. Regulations are available governing the participation of faith-based organizations in Federal programs for which they are eligible are available.

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Contacts

be.nUS Department of Education Contacts

21st CCLC Group Lead: Dr. La’ Shawndra Scroggins

Program Officers Email States
Julie Coplin Julie.Coplin@ed.gov FL, GA, LA, MD, NM, NJ, NY, PA, TN, TX, VI
Andrea Jackson Andrea.Jackson@ed.gov AK, CA, DC, HI, ME, NV, OH, UT, VA, WI, BIE
Debra Little Debra.Little@ed.gov AZ, DE, KY, MO, NH, OK, OR, RI, VT, WY
Gail Payne Gail.Payne@ed.gov AR, CT, ID, IL, MA, MN, MS, NE, PR, SC, SD
Janell Wood Janell.Wood@ed.gov AL, CO, IA, IN, KS, MI, NC, MT, ND, WA, WV

Mailing Address:
U.S. Department of Education, OESE
Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers
400 Maryland Ave. S.W., 3W202
LBJ Federal Office Building
Washington, DC 20202-6200

E-mail Address: 21stCCLC@ed.gov

Department Telephone: (800) 872-5327 or (800) USA-LEARN

21st CCLC State Department of Education Websites and Contacts

State Website State Contact Phone Email
AK Jessica Paris 907-465-8716 jessica.paris@alaska.gov
AL Annette Scogin 334-694-4858 annette.scogin@alsde.edu
AR Wendy Wilson 501-683-3442 wendy.wilson@ade.arkansas.gov
AZ Raymond Gee 520-770-3885 Raymond.Gee@azed.gov
CA Joshua Brady 916-319-0206 JBrady@cde.ca.gov
CO Anna Young 720-614-8666 young_a@cde.state.co.us
CT Shelby Pons 860-807-2103 Shelby.Pons@ct.gov
DC Dr. Kelly Rudd Safran 202-215-3235 Kellyrudd.safran@dc.gov
DE Ruth Uhey 302-857-3349 ruth.uhey@doe.k12.de.us
FL Dr. Contobia Horsey-Adams 850-245-9209 Contobia.HorseyAdams@fldoe.org
GA Jeffrey Barnett 404-695-1883 jbarnett@doe.k12.ga.us
HI Elizabeth Higashi 808-305-0689 Elizabeth.higashi@k12.hi.us
IA Vic Jaras 515-242-6354 Vic.Jaras@iowa.gov
ID Michelle Clement Taylor 208-332-6963 mtaylor@sde.idaho.gov
ID Sheena Strickler 208-332-6813 sstrickler@sde.idaho.gov
IL Kimberly Barnes-Cummins 217-782-5602 KBARNES@isbe.net
IL Ryan Levin 217-782-5270 rlevin@isbe.net
IN Frank Chiki 317-233-0786 fchiki@doe.in.gov
KS Christine Macy 785-296-3287 cmacy@ksde.org
KY Brigette Stacy 502-564-1473 brigette.stacy@education.ky.gov
LA Kenya Jenkins 225-342-3342 Kenya.Jenkins@la.gov
MA Karyl Resnick 781-338-3515 Karyl.A.Resnick@mass.gov
MD Mary Gable 410-767-0472 mary.gable@maryland.gov
MD Reginald Burke 410-767-0313 reginald.burke@maryland.gov
ME Travis Doughty 207-624-6709 Travis.W.Doughty@maine.gov
MI Lorraine Thoreson 517-241-4974 thoresonl@michigan.gov
MN Sheila Oehrlein 651-582-8448 Sheila.Oehrlein@state.mn.us
MO Cindy Heislen 573-526-9761 cindy.heislen@dese.mo.gov
MS Judy Nelson 601-359-3499 jnelson@mdek12.org
MT Michelle Cusey 406-431-3029 Michelle.Cusey@mt.gov
NC Dr. Latricia Townsend 919-236-2787 LaTricia.Townsend@dpi.nc.gov
ND Arlene Wolf 701-328-2295 arlenewolf@nd.gov
NE Jan Handa 402-219-3878 Jan.Handa@nebraska.gov
NH Kathleen Vestal 603-271-3853 Kathleen.Vestal@doe.nh.gov
NH Emily Fabian 603-271-3646 Emily.A.Fabian@doe.nh.gov
NJ Shawanda Beale 609-376-3943 Shawanda.Beale@doe.nj.gov
NM Tyson Ledgerwood 505-670-7204 Tyson.Ledgerwood@ped.nm.gov
NV Jonathan Park 202-505-1282 Jonathan.park@doe.nv.gov
NY Elizabeth Whipple 518-486-6090 Elizabeth.Whipple@nysed.gov
OH Shannon Teague 614-466-2517 Shannon.Teague@education.ohio.gov
OK Sonia Johnson 405-522-6225 Sonia.Johnson@sde.ok.gov
OR Raquel Gwynn 503-947-5785 Raquel.gwynn@ode.state.or.us
PA Carmen Medina 717-783-6464 cmedina@state.pa.us
PR Luis M. Oppenheimer Rosario 787-773-2003 OPPENHEIMER_L@de.pr.gov
RI Mr. Jan Mermin 401-222-4710 Jan.Mermin@ride.ri.gov
SC Joyce Patterson 803-734-8291 JYPatterson@ed.sc.gov
SD Alan Haarstad 605-773-5238 Alan.Haarstad@state.sd.us
SD Stephanie Cronin 605-773-4693 stephanie.cronin@state.sd.us
TN Brinn Obermiller 615-864-5045 Brinn.obermiller@tn.gov
TX Sarah Daly 512-463-8282 Sarah.Daly@tea.texas.gov
UT Savannah Hunt 801-538-7825 Savannah.Hunt@schools.utah.gov
VA Marsha Granderson 804-786-1993 Marsha.Granderson@doe.virginia.gov
VT Emanuel Betz 802-828-6977 Emanuel.Betz@Vermont.gov
WA Heidi Schultz 360-725-6049 heidi.schultz@k12.wa.us
WI Alison Wineberg 608-267-3751 Alison.Wineberg@dpi.wi.gov
WI Susan Piazza 608-266-5198 susan.piazza@dpi.wi.gov
WV David Lee 304-558-3199
Ext. 53139
david.lee@k12.wv.us
WV Sherry Swint 304-558-3199
Ext. 53138
sherry.swint@k12.wv.us
WY Karen Bierhaus 307-857-9284 karen.bierhaus@wyo.gov
BIE Sarah Price 505-895-2864 sarah.price@bie.edu
VI Carla King (340) 774-0100
Ext. 8011
Carla.king@vide.vi

Applicant Information

Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers

State Grant Program Application Timeline

Many states around the country are conducting competitions to award Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Center grants. The State Contact List now includes links to State websites and recent RFPs.

Eligible Entities

Eligible entities include local education agency, community-based organizations, Indian tribe or tribal organization (as defined in section 4 of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Act (25 U.S.C. 450b)), other public or private entity, or a consortium of two or more such agencies, organizations or entities.

Types of Projects

Each eligible entity that receives an award from the state may use the funds to carry out a broad array of before- and after-school activities (including those held during summer recess periods) to advance student achievement. These activities include:

  • Academic enrichment learning programs, including those providing tutorial services to help students, particularly students who attend low-performance schools, to meet the challenging State academic standards.
  • A broad array of additional services, programs, and activities, such as:
    • youth development activities, service learning, nutrition and health education, drug and violence prevention, 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
  • Opportunities for active and meaningful engagement for families of students served by the program to take part in literacy and related educational development

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Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers

Program Description

This 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. The program helps students meet state and local academic 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.

21st CCLC Announcements and Events

25th Anniversary of 21st CCLC Funding

This year, the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program celebrates its 25th Anniversary of funding.  Beginning as a discretionary grant in 1998, the 21st CCLC funding transitioned to a formula grant in 2002, serving afterschool programming in 54 States and territories.  Over the course of 25 years, programs have provided students in high-need, high-poverty communities the opportunity to participate in afterschool programming in which academic enrichment and youth development activities are designed to enhance participants’ well-being and academic success.

The 21st CCLC Program was renamed the Nita M. Lowey 21st CCLC Program in the FY 2020 appropriations bill (PL 116-94, Sec. 310; December 20, 2019) in honor of the former Congresswoman’s advocacy and commitment to afterschool programming.  To date, we have over 10,652 centers serving approximately 965,000 students and over 200,000 adults and families.

The Summer Symposium Registration is Open!

The U.S. Department of Education (the Department) is pleased to announce that registration for the Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) 2023 Summer Symposium is now open! 

This two-day event provides State educational agencies and their grantees with plenary sessions and workshops on successful strategies for implementing and managing all components of their program. It also offers an opportunity for the Department to provide important updates regarding the 21st CCLC program. The Symposium’s sessions are a combination of large-group presentations with nationally recognized speakers and smaller interactive workshops where attendees have the chance to work closely with education experts. This year’s Symposium will be held on July 19-20, 2023 at the Marriott New Orleans, 555 Canal Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130.

Please go to http://21stcclc.leedmci.com/ to review important information about the Summer Symposium and to register for the event. Feel free to forward this link to your colleagues and others that may be interested in attending.

We look forward to seeing you at the 2023 Summer Symposium in New Orleans!

Featured Resource

In celebration of Financial Literacy Month, the Department’s Y4Y team has gathered resources focused on supporting students learn how to navigate finances by providing real world experiences.  These resources show how to effectively incorporate financial literacy activities with students of all ages. To access these resources, please visit Y4Y Financial Literacy Resources

21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) Program Sub-grantee Best Promising Practice Spotlight Submission Process

The U.S. Department of Education’s (Department) Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) program is seeking assistance from State educational agencies (SEAs) in identifying innovative and engaging 21st CCLC subgrantee programs to spotlight.  The Department’s 21st CCLC will select up to two subgrantee programs to spotlight quarterly on its program’s landing page. 

To have programs in your State spotlighted, please provide the Department’s 21st CCLC team with:

  • A description of the 21st CCLC sub-grantee program including the program name and location, and program events, activities, achievements, and/or accomplishments to spotlight; and
  • A description of the positive impact the sub-grantee brings to the overall goals and mission of the 21st CCLC program

Submissions to accompany the program narrative may include videos or photos.

To submit a subgrantee program to spotlight, please email supporting documentation to 21stCCLC@ed.gov with the subject Subgrantee Spotlight.

Grantee Spotlight

The Department is pleased to spotlight programs being implemented using 21st CCLC funds. 

Arizona Elementary Students Engaging Participating in NASA Challenge

Elementary students from Salida del Sol Elementary School in Yuma, AZ worked on the NASA Engineering Design Challenge, Astro Socks, during the NASA/21st Century Community Learning Center’s after school program.

Students designed and tested an Astro Sock for astronaut to wear on board the International Space Station (ISS). Students used their science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) skills along with the engineering design process (EDP) to investigate the following question: How can our team develop footwear for the ISS astronauts that will both protect and provide comfort for their feet while they live and work in space? Students stated, “it was great because we got to work with materials we never used before and make new friends.”

Students shared their conversation with NASA engineer, Miss Linda Yoon during a virtual connection. “She made sure our thoughts were correct on the Astro socks, that things were precise and we knew what we were doing. She taught us to have courage in ourselves and she told us to be careful and pushed us towards a NASA career”.

Once their team designed and built the Astro Sock prototype, they conducted pressure point tests using the test rig, sensor sock, and test sled. Using the results from the prototype tests, the team modified and improved the Astro Sock prototype so that the pressure at each pressure sensor is reduced, making astronauts’ feet more comfortable as they secure themselves in the foot restraints.  You can watch the students’ video here.

New York High School Students and Staff: Why Is Afterschool Important to You?

The 21st Century Program run by Fund for the City of New York Inc (Project # 8089) with lead partner Zone 126 serves grades 9 through 12 at Long Island City High School in the Queens area of New York City. The mission of the program is to connect the community, Long Island City High School students, and service providers to provide educational enrichment and overall student supports through intentional programming. Current programming includes activities for students in Graphic Design, Drumming Circle, Dance and more. The program director, Coreen Robledo, comes with many years of experience in after school and the arts. The program staff and students created an awesome submission to Lights on After School highlighting the arts programming at Long Island City High School. The video also helped the program gain more interest from students. The staff and students are off to a great start!

 Please note, no official endorsement by the U.S. Department of Education of any product, commodity, service, or enterprise mentioned herein is intended or should be inferred.