21st Century Community Learning Center-Competitive-Cohort 7-Year 1/5

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 additional services, programs and activities, such as youth development activities, drug and violence prevention programs, counseling programs, art, music and recreation programs, technology education programs, and character education programs that are designed to reinforce and complement the regular academic programs of participating youth. Additionally, the programs must offer families of youth served by the program opportunities for literacy and related educational development. Currently, New Jersey’s 21st CCLC Program is comprised of 38 grantees throughout the state. Grantees include local education agencies (LEAs), non-profit, for-profit, community-based, and faith-based organizations, operating solely or in partnership with other agencies. For this competition, the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) has restructured New Jersey’s 21st Century Community Learning Center Program to put into practice components and strategies that studies indicate are common among high-quality programs. The program includes before school, afterschool, weekend, and summer programming. This redesigned 21st CCLC pilot project intends to fund quality, afterschool programs operated by knowledgeable, creative staff in partnership with schools and community 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 those that will serve participants 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 participants from low-income families. Additionally, the families of those participants must also be served through the program. The applicant agency may submit only one application. Those agencies currently receiving 21st CCLC funds are ineligible to apply.

Eligible Agencies: 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 those that will serve participants 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 participants from low-income families. Additionally, the families of those participants must also be served through the program. Those agencies currently receiving 21st CCLC funds are ineligible to apply.

Approximate Number of Awards: 6 Grant Program Type: Competitive
Total Amt. Available: $3,800,000 Application Due Date: 4/21/2010