The Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) application is designed to provide funding to out-of-school and expanded learning time programs in Ohio. This funding supports the creation of programs 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 student standards in core academic subjects, such as reading and math; offers students positive youth development through Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), mental health programming, and prevention education activities that can complement their regular academic programs; and offers literacy and other educational services to the families of participating children. Activities funded by these grants should be part of a broader continuous improvement plan.
All 21st CCLC programs shall include summer programming in their application making their program a year-round expanded learning opportunity. Summer learning programs shall address both the academic and the positive youth development of students as outlined in the grant focus.
The purposes of the 21st CCLC program are to:
The selected population of students to serve should include those who are economically disadvantaged, receiving special education services, English learners, academically at-risk and/or who could benefit from the supports provided during the additional learning time.
Applicants will implement 21st CCLC programming using one of the following options:
For more information on grant options, see https://education.ohio.gov/getattachment/Topics/Federal-Programs/Programs/21st-Century/Annual-Bidders-Conference/FY24-21st-CCLC-RFA-DRAFT.pdf.aspx?lang=en-US#page=4.
Grant funds primarily serve students attending schools that are implementing comprehensive support and improvement activities or targeted support (per Title I designation). Priority will be given to those applications that seek to serve students where programming is not accessible or to expand access to high-quality services that may be available in the community. Grant funding also may serve students who attend schools that have been identified by the school district and/or the Department for needing intervention and support. Ohio’s 21st CCLC program primarily must target students who are enrolled in Title I schoolwide buildings.
An additional priority considered focuses on geographic distribution to ensure, to the extent possible, an even and fair distribution throughout the state. Ohio will reserve, at minimum, one-third of its Fiscal Year 2024 funding for small town and rural programming.
For competitive priority points, see https://education.ohio.gov/getattachment/Topics/Federal-Programs/Programs/21st-Century/Annual-Bidders-Conference/FY24-21st-CCLC-RFA-DRAFT.pdf.aspx?lang=en-US#page=8.