21st Century Community Learning Centers Program Competitive Grant: Cohort 5 - Year 1/5
PLEASE NOTE: The NGO for this program has been revised as of 3/12/08 to provide clarification regarding core academic content areas and the requirement of certified teachers. Please see pages 14 (Section 2.2. Item 2 Program Components) and 15 (Section 2.2 Item 6. Staffing and Certification Requirements).

Division: Student Services
Office: Educational Support Services

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Purpose: Under Title IV, Part B of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001, 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) are defined as centers that offer academic remediation and enrichment activities in tandem with a broad array of other enrichment activities in the areas of arts and culture, youth development, physical activity and parental involvement to students and their adult family members when school is not in session. The purpose of the 21st CCLC Program is to supplement the education of students in grades 4-12, who attend schools eligible for Title I schoolwide programs or schools where a minimum of 30 percent of students are from low-income families. The program aims to assist students in attaining the skills necessary to meet New Jersey’s Core Curriculum Content Standards. Therefore, all 21st CCLC programs must provide participating students with academic enrichment opportunities that complement the regular school day. In September 2007, Governor Corzine announced his Strategy for Safe Streets and Neighborhoods. The funding offered in this Notice of Grant Opportunity (NGO) is meant to provide support to localities interested in implementing the strategies found in the Governor’s initiative. Based on the availability of federal resources this five-year grant program will begin September 1, 2008 and end August 31, 2013. The initial award year will be September 1, 2008 through August 31, 2009.

Eligible Agencies: The 21st CCLC Program is a limited competitive grant program open to all public or private agencies, local education agencies (i.e. charter schools, educational service commissions, jointure commissions and special services school districts), non-profit organizations, city or county government agencies, faith-based organizations (including religious private schools), institutions of higher education and for-profit agencies, but limited to the those that will serve students in any grade level between 4th and 12th who primarily attend schools eligible to participate in Title I schoolwide programs or schools that serve a high percentage of students from low income families. Additionally, the families of those students must also be served through the community learning center. The applicant agency may submit only one application. Applicants must serve schools that satisfy either the schoolwide eligibility or the low income eligibility. Those agencies with 21st CCLC grant agreements terminated by the NJDOE, or whose continuation eligibility was denied, are ineligible to apply.

Approximate Number of Awards: 6 Grant Program Type: Limited Competitive
Total Amt. Available: $2,000,000 Application Due Date: 4/24/2008