Twenty-First Century Community Learning Centers
OFFICE OF ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION, DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended, Title IV, Part B.
To create community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities for children, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools. The program is intended to help 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 should complement their regular academic programs; and offers literacy and other educational services to the families of participating children.
Types of Assistance
Uses and Use Restrictions
Projects funded under this program must be for the purpose of meeting the needs of the residents of rural and inner city communities, through the creation or expansion of community learning centers. This program is subject to non-supplanting requirements and must use a restricted indirect cost rate which is referenced under 34 CFR 76.564-76.569. For assistance call the Office of Chief Financial Officer/Indirect Cost Group on (202) 708-7770.
State Departments of Education are eligible for funds under this program.
Residents of all ages within the communities served by the learning centers will benefit, with a focus on school-aged children.
Application and Award Process
This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or the official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
States must apply for funds either through a program-specific application or by including the program in a consolidated State plan authorized under Title IX of the ESEA. Contact the headquarters office listed below for more information.
Deadlines will be announced in application notices published in the Federal Register. Contact the headquarters office listed below for application deadlines.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
The approval time is approximately two to four months.
Formula and Matching Requirements
Funds are allocated to States in proportion to each state's share of funds in the previous fiscal year under Part A of Title I of the ESEA, except that no state may receive less than 0.5 of 1 percent of the amount available to states.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Awards are made annually.
Post Assistance Requirements
Annual progress and financial reports as required by EDGAR.
In accordance with the EDGAR, Appendix to 34 CFR 80, State and local governments that receive financial assistance of $100,000 or more within the State's fiscal year shall have an audit made for that year. State and local governments that receive between $25,000 and $100,000 within the State's fiscal year shall have an audit made in accordance with the Appendix to Part 80, or in accordance with Federal laws and regulations governing the programs in which they participate.
As required by the provisions in EDGAR for direct grant programs. Records related to grant funds, compliance, and performance must be maintained for a period of five years after completion, subject to the exceptions listed in EDGAR 34 CFR 74.
(Grants) FY 07 $981,166,230; FY 08 $1,081,166,187; and FY 09 est $800,000,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
In 2008, the estimated range of awards is $286,421 - $131,999,576.
Approximately 753,000 students attended 21st CCLC programs for 30 days or more during the 2006-07 school year.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
The regulations applicable to this program are in the Education Department General Administrative Regulations, 34 CFR 74, 75, 77, 79, 80, 81, 82, 85, and 86.
Regional or Local Office
Department of Education, OESE 21st-Century Community Learning Centers 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Washington, DC 20202-6100. Contact: Peter Eldridge, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Telephone: (202) 260-2514.
Web Site Address
Examples of Funded Projects
The program aims to support local communities in providing students, particularly students who attend schools that have been identified as in need of improvement, under Title I, with after-school care and academic enrichment that reinforces classroom learning.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
The criteria for selecting proposals under this program include the extent of need for the project, quality of project design, management plan, project and evaluation plan, and adequacy of the resources. (See 34 CFR 75.210 for details.)