The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) will receive funding from the United States Department of Education (USDOE) 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.
The USDOE has mandated that states focus 21st CCLC awards on schools and students identified as “at risk of academic failure.” Because of this mandate, Arkansas will award priority points to applicants based on:
- Percentage of students identified as receiving free/reduced lunch services
- Level of school improvement status
- Programs offering summer activities
- Programs providing services to High School youth
- School Districts that have never received a 21st CCLC Grant
The grant application, Arkansas guidelines, intent to apply documentation, and technical assistance registration are attached to this Commissioner’s Memo. The original application, three (3) copies, and an electronic copy (on a flash drive) of the application must be received in the Arkansas Department of Education no later than 4:00 p.m., May 19, 2016. Faxed or e-mailed copies of the application will not be accepted. Mail or deliver to:
Tammie Cloyes, 21st CCLC Program Manager
Arkansas Department of Education
Four Capitol Mall, Mail Slot 26
Little Rock, AR 72201
Technical assistance trainings are scheduled to assist with the application process. Specific 21st CCLC guidelines and application information will be addressed during the trainings. See the Technical Assistance attachment for specific training dates and locations.
Intent to apply should be submitted to the ADE by April 25, 2016.