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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. 

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Program Purpose

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 2022 
Funding Level: $6,172,398.00
Communities Served: (29 Grants / 64 Sites / 22 School Districts and Communities)

Program Director: Christopher (Topher) Bishop
603-269-5161 x333

Program Director: Judy Arsenault
603-466-5190 x303

Program Director: Susan Farrelly
603-225-0800 x6123

Program Director: Jess DellaValla

Dover Housing Authority
Program Director: Stacey Kearns
603-749-6692 x145

Program Director: Kathleen Hawkins

Program Director: Jennifer West
603-787-2100 x304

Program Director: Maryanne O’Malley
603-336-5332 x7630

Program Director: Christine Gingerella

Program Director: Tom McGee
603-624-6384 x3030

Program Director: Nicole Breedlove
603-876-4465 X2021

Program Director: Frannie Ashworth

Program Director: Gail Casey

Program Director: Susan Seaverns
603-744-6006 x1517

Ossipee (Governor Wentworth School District)
Program Director: Jen Berkowitz

Program Director: Emma Boniche

Program Director: Patrick Arsenault
603-895-3394 x4308

Program Director: Ronald Pilotte
603-332-4090 x4134

Program Director: Peggy Grass
603-786-9591 x107

Seabrook - Friends of Seabrook Community
Program Director: Forrest Carter, Jr.

Program Director: Maureen Jackman
603-692-2126 x1439

Winchester (ACCESS)
Program Director: Danielle August

21st CCLC Guidance on COVID-19

Please visit the COVID-19 Resources for NH Schools webpage for the latest information and guidance regarding the COVID-19 virus.
21st CCLC NH COVID Guidance
COVID-19 DOE Grant Funds Fact Sheet

21st CCLC Guidance 

NH Nita M. Lowey 21st CCLC Grantee Guidance 2022-2023

  • 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

Legislation, Regulations and Guidance - 21st Century Community Learning Centers 

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.

During the open period from May 12, 2021 to May 19, 2021, no Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) were submitted.

The Bureau of Instructional Support received five (5) applications:
Applicants and Scores

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.  

Additional Resources


Kathleen A. Vestal
New Hampshire State Director
(603) 271-3853
(603) 520-6263

Emily A. Fabian
Program Specialist IV
(603) 271-3646
(603) 931-9471