21st Century Community Learning Centers Program Competitive Grant: Cohort 6 - Year 1/5

Division: Student Services
Office: Educational Support Services

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Purpose: The vision for New Jersey’s 21st CCLC Program is to develop high quality out-of-school time programs through community learning centers that provide services not just to the child but to the entire family unit. Additionally, in support of the Governor Corzine’s Safe Streets and Neighborhoods initiative announced in September 2007, this funding supports localities interested in implementing the strategies found in the Governor’s initiative. The provision of services through 21st CCLC Programs throughout the state will: Increase students’ academic achievement by offering high-quality supplemental services in core academic areas such as reading and mathematics, and enrichment activities including arts and culture, youth development, and physical activity; Increase positive student behavior by infusing character education into the program; Engage adult family members of participating students through participation in an array of parental involvement activities; and Establish and maintain partnerships and collaborative relationships to ensure participants’ access to all available resources through coordinated efforts.

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 high percentage of 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: 22 Grant Program Type: Limited Competitive
Total Amt. Available: $12,000,000 Application Due Date: 4/7/2009