The purpose of the Title IV, Part B: 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program is to provide opportunities for communities to establish or expand activities in community learning centers that:
- Provide opportunities for academic enrichment, including providing tutorial services to help students, particularly students who attend low-performing schools, to meet the challenging state academic standards;
- Offer students a broad array of additional services, programs, and activities, such as youth development activities; service learning; nutrition and health education; drug and violence prevention programs; counseling programs; arts, music, physical fitness, and wellness programs; technology education programs; financial literacy programs; environmental literacy programs; mathematics, science, career, and technical programs; internship or apprenticeship programs; and other ties to an in-demand industry sector or occupation for high school students that are designed to reinforce and complement the regular academic program of participating students; and
- Offer families of students served by community learning centers opportunities for active and meaningful engagement in their childrens education, including opportunities for literacy and related educational development.
The SCDE has established three competitive priorities for the 201819 funding cycle:
- Priority 1: South Carolina Priority Schools (5 points): Five bonus points will be awarded to applications that propose to serve students who attend one of the SC priority schools;
- Priority 2: 15 Hours Per Week Operations (5 points): Five bonus points will be awarded to applications that propose a program that will operate a minimum of 15 hours per week, Monday through Friday; and
- Priority 3: Increasing Geographic Equity (10 Points): Ten bonus points will be awarded to applications that propose to serve an eligible school or schools in a South Carolina public school district that is not currently being served with 21st CCLC grant funds or has not been served with such funds since the 201516 academic year.
Funds must be used to raise student achievement through activities that take place primarily after school but also before school, during intersession, on the weekend, and/or during the summer. The following activities are allowable:
- Academic enrichment learning programs, mentoring programs, remedial education activities, and tutoring services, that are aligned with:
- The challenging state academic standards and any local academic standards; and
- Local curricula that are designed to improve student academic achievement;
- Well-rounded education activities, including such activities that enable students to be eligible for credit recovery or attainment;
- Literacy education programs, including financial literacy programs and environmental literacy programs;
- Programs that support a healthy and active lifestyle, including nutritional education and regular, structured physical activity programs;
- Services for individuals with disabilities;
- Programs that provide after-school activities for students who are English learners that emphasize language skills and academic achievement;
- Cultural programs;
- Telecommunications and technology education programs;
- Expanded library service hours;
- Parenting skills programs that promote parental involvement and family literacy;
- Programs that provide assistance to students who have been truant, suspended, or expelled to allow the students to improve their academic achievement;
- Drug and violence prevention programs and counseling programs;
- Programs that build skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), including computer science, and that foster innovation in learning by supporting nontraditional STEM education teaching methods; and
- Programs that partner with in-demand fields of the local workforce or build career competencies and career readiness and ensure that local workforce and career readiness skills are aligned with the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (20 U.S.C. 2301 et seq.) and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (29 U.S.C. 3101 et seq.).
A proposed 21st CCLC must serve:
- students who attend schools that receive, or are eligible to receive, Title I school-wide assistance and where at least 40 percent of the student population is eligible to receive free or reduced-price lunch; and
- adult family members of participating students with literacy and other educational services.
A proposed 21st CCLC is required to operate in a manner that maximizes the programs impact on the academic performance of participating students. Applicants must propose academic instruction and enrichment activities to help students meet and exceed state and local standards in core content areas such as reading, mathematics, and science.
Proposed 21st CCLCs services are to be provided outside the regular school day or during periods when school is not in session (i.e., before-school, after-school, evenings, weekends, holidays, or summer). A proposed program may offer services to students during normal school hours on days when school is not in session (i.e., school holidays or teacher professional development days). Activities targeting pre-kindergarten children and adult family members may take place during regular school hours, as these times may be the most suitable for serving these populations. Services and benefits provided to private school students must be secular, neutral, and non-ideological. If services are to be provided in a location other than a public school, the location must be at least as available, safe, conducive to learning, and accessible as a public school. SCDE staff may visit and tour locations that are not public schools prior to finalizing an award.
Approximately $10,000,000 was available in total funding for FY18.