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Title IV, Part B: 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) (PA)

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    Funder Type

    State Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    Pennsylvania Department of Education


    The purpose of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program is to establish or expand community learning centers that provide students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools with academic enrichment opportunities by Expanding Learning Opportunities during non-school hours along with activities designed to complement the students regular academic program. Community learning centers must also offer families of these students literacy and related educational development.

    Centers, which can be located in elementary or secondary schools or other similarly accessible facility, 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. At the same time, centers help working parents by providing a safe environment for students during non-school hours or periods when school is not in session.

    Types of Extended Learning Opportunities An approved entity that receives an award from the state may use the funds to carry out a broad array of activities, including before and after school, summer, Saturdays and holiday programming. No student can be removed from regularly scheduled instructional hours to participate in an extended learning opportunity.These activities include remedial education activities and academic enrichment programs such as:

    • Reading, Mathematics, science, and Language Arts education activities;
    • Arts and music activities;
    • Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Activities (STEM);
    • Science Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math Activities (STEAM);
    • Entrepreneurial programs (students cannot be paid to participate or receive monetary compensation such as paid internships);
    • Tutoring services/homework help and mentoring programs;
    • Limited English proficient programs for parents and students;
    • Recreational/physical activities (organized competitive sports such as PIAA, league fees, league participation, competitions, coaches salaries, intramurals and all related costs are not permitted);
    • Nutrition education;
    • Telecommunications and technology;
    • Expanded library services;
    • Programs that promote parental education, involvement and family literacy;
    • Student attendance and behavior programs;
    • Drug and violence prevention programs;
    • College, technical education and career readiness programs;
    • High school credit recovery;
    • Counseling programs;
    • Character education programs; and
    • Service learning programs.

    Funds under this program must be used to provide services and cannot exclusively support planning. Applicants are limited to a maximum of two to four weeks per program year of planning time which can be divided between the school year and the summer. The federal legislation requires a local applicant to demonstrate prior experience or promise of success in providing educational or related activities. Local applicants should plan for implementation prior to applying for the grant. However, grantees may use funds for ongoing planning throughout the grant period to strengthen the program based on evaluation results.

    Applicants are encouraged to develop innovative program models designed to improve state and local academic achievement standards in reading and math and focus on improving grades prekindergarten through 12 performance measures of school attendance, classroom performance, and/or reduced disciplinary referrals. Federal funds may not be used to support state mandates.


    History of Funding

    Previous awardees are listed on the program website. Cohort 9 awardees can be seen at

    Additional Information

    Funds may be used to expand or enhance current activities, or to establish programs in nonparticipating schools within an LEA that has a 21st CCLC grant. School districts that have previously received 21st CCLC awards that have ended, may apply to the PDE for funds to continue those closed programs in Cohort 8. The supplanting provision does not prohibit federal funds from being used to continue programs where a previous federal grant has ended and other federal, state or local funds would not have been available. Applicants may propose to use 21st CCLC funds to expand and enhance current activities provided in existing afterschool programs, whether supported by public or private funds. For example, a grantee may use funds to integrate activities to help students meet local and state academic standards if those services are not part of the current afterschool program. Again, grantees must bear in mind that 21st CCLC funds can be used only to supplement and not supplant any federal or non-federal funds used to support current programs.


    Maribel Martinez

    Maribel Martinez
    Bureau of Teaching and Learning
    333 Market Street 11th Floor
    Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333
    (717) 346-3186

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants are any public or private organization that proposes to serve:
    1. Students who primarily attend:
      1. Schools eligible for school-wide programs under [Title I] section 1114; or
      2. Schools that serve a high percentage of students [at least 40 percent] from low income families; and
    2. The families of students described in Item 1 above.
    These organizations include, but are not limited to:
    • Local Educational Agencies (LEAs);
    • Non-profit community-based organizations and family centers; 
    • City or county government agencies;
    • Faith-based organizations, higher education institutions;
    • For-profit corporations and consortia of two or more of such agencies, organizations or entities.

    Deadline Details

    Letters of Intent were to be submitted by February 8, 2019. The deadline to submit applications was March 5, 2019. A similar deadline is anticipated annually. Funding for new competitions is expected to continue through the regulations set forth by the ESSA.

    Award Details

    PDE will have approximately $23 million available for Cohort 10 grants. In order to ensure that grants are of sufficient size and scope to support high quality, effective programs, no award will be issued for less than $50,000 up to a maximum of up to $600,000. Award amounts vary, but are based on a formula related to the number of students participating.

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