The South Dakota Department of Education will be opening the application process for the federally funded 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) competitive grant program. 21st CCLC funds are to be used for programming that takes place outside of regular school hours. The competition is based on availability of federal funding and will be open by Jan. 1, 2012. Click here for more information.
The 21st Century Community Learning Center program supports the creation of community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools. Local programs help students meet standards in core academic subjects, such as reading and math; offer students a broad array of enrichment activities that complement their regular academic programs; and offer literacy and other educational services to the families of participating children.