Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers
The Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program is a federal program funded under Title IV, Part B of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
This federal funding stream focuses on out of school time programming for expanded academic enrichment opportunities for children attending high poverty schools. Tutorial services and academic enrichment activities are designed to help students meet local and state academic standards in subjects such as reading and math. In addition, programs may provide youth development activities, drug and violence prevention programs, technology education programs, art, music and recreation, counseling, and character education to enhance the academic component of the program.
The goal of the 21st CCLC program is to raise student academic achievement through the creation and expansion of community learning centers that provide students with academic enrichment opportunities as well as additional activities designed to complement their regular academic program. Families of 21st CCLC youth participants also have access to educational development opportunities through the program. Centers can be located in elementary, middle or secondary schools or similarly accessible facilities. They provide a range of high quality services to support student learning and development, including tutoring and mentoring, homework help, academic enrichment (e.g., hands-on science or technology programs), and community service opportunities, as well as music, arts, sports and cultural activities.
Authorized under Title IV B, of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the specific purposes of the law are to:
- Provide opportunities for academic enrichment, including tutorial services to help students, particularly those who attend low-performing schools, meet state and local student performance standards in core academic subjects like reading and mathematics.
- Offer students a broad array of additional services, programs, and activities designed to reinforce and complement the regular academic program of participating students.
- Offer families of students served by community learning centers, opportunities for literacy education and related educational development.
Fiscal Year 2021
Funding Level $6,123,398.00
Communities Served (31 Grants/65 Sites/23 School Districts and Communities)
Program Director: Caitlin Frost
Program Director: Judy Arsenault
Program Director: Susan Farrelly
Program Director: Jess DellaValla
Dover Housing Authority
Program Director: Stacey Kearns
Program Director: Kathleen Hawkins
Program Director: Jennifer West
Program Director: Cathy Bennett
Program Director: Maryanne O’Malley
Program Director: Christine Gingerella
Program Director: Tom McGee
Program Director: Erin Savoy
Program Director: Frannie Ashworth
Program Director: Gail Casey
Program Director: Susan Seaverns
Program Director: Jen Berkowitz
Program Director: TBD
Program Director: Patrick Arsenault
Program Director: Aislinn Kalob
Program Director: Peggy Grass
Seabrook-Seacoast Youth Services
Program Director: Forrest Carter Jr.
Program Director: Maureen Jackman
Program Director: Missy Calderwood
The New Hampshire Department of Education is seeking a waiver from the U.S. Education Department under the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program.
21st CCLC Guidance on COVID-19
21st CCLC Guidance
- Homework clubs utilize certified teachers to support school day learning.
- Programs offer a minimum of 15 hours programming per week.
- Program offerings are designed to complement the academic school day.
- Programming is offered through collaboration between a local education agency (LEA) and one or more community based organizations (CBO), faith based organizations (FBO), or other public or private entities.
- Programming operates outside of the scheduled school day.
- Programs work with their communities to provide a minimum 4 week, full-day summer program.
- Services to the family members of participating students may include family literacy activities and other educational activities based on community needs.
- Transportation is not a barrier.
- U.S. Department of Education, 21st CCLC
- Title IV Part B- 21st CCLC Legislation
- 21st CCLC Non-Regulatory Guidance
- Frequently Asked Questions to Assist ED Grantees to Appropriately Use Federal Funds for Conferences and Meetings
21st CCLC Grant
The 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) grant funds are intended to assist local education agencies (LEAs), community organizations (CBOs), and faith-based organizations (FBOs) in providing before school, after school, and summer programming to youth in high poverty communities through the creation of 21st Century Community Learning Center programs.
NOTE: Check back frequently for the next 21st CCLC Grant Competition/RFP
Annual Program Risk Assessment
Federal regulations require State monitoring of school local education agencies (LEAs) and community based organizations (CBOs) accepting Federal funds. The New Hampshire Department of Education (NHDOE) monitors work in partnership with LEAs and CBOs to provide technical assistance that ensures compliance with program requirements and helps LEAs and CBOs reach their performance goals. As a pass-through entity, it is the NHDOE’s, responsibility in Title 2 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 200.331, which requires the NHDOE to “evaluate each subrecipient’s risk of noncompliance with federal statutes, regulations, and the terms and conditions of the subaward for purposes of determining the appropriate subrecipient monitoring.”
To comply with this requirement, the NHDOE's 21st Century Community Learning Centers program (21st CCLC) conducts an annual risk assessment of all subrecipients, including LEAs and CBOs to determine their potential risk of noncompliance. The risk assessment criteria include indicators and weights derived from multiple sources. Each subrecipient is allotted points based upon these criteria, and assigned a risk level of high, medium, or low based on the total number of points allotted.
Expanded Learning Time Policy
The definition of Expanded Learning Time is: the time that a local educational agency or school extends its normal school day, week, or year to provide additional instruction or educational programs for all students beyond the state-mandated requirements for the minimum number of hours in a school day, days in a school week, or days or weeks in a school year.
Currently the 21st CCLC program at the New Hampshire Department of Education is currently not offering Expanded Learning Time (ELT) in their grant application. At this time the state does not feel that ELT is a viable option for these grants.
- 21st CCLC Allowable Cost Guide
- 21st CCLC Policy and Procedures Guidebook 2020-2021
- 21st CCLC Guidance on Student Eligibility
- NH 21st CCLC Statewide Evaluation
- 21st CCLC Prescreened List of External Organizations
- Glossary of 21st CCLC Terms and Common Acronyms
- 21st Century Community Learning Center Program Fact Sheet
Kathleen A. Vestal
New Hampshire State Director
Emily A. Fabian
Program Specialist IV