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Nita M. Lowey
21st Century Community Learning Centers

The Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program is to establish or expand community learning centers that provide students with academic enrichment opportunities along with activities designed to complement the students’ regular academic program.

Centers provide a range of high-quality services to support student learning and development, including tutoring and mentoring, homework help, academic enrichment (such as hands-on science or technology programs), and community service opportunities, as well as music, arts, sports and cultural activities.

Centers must provide academic enrichment activities to students that attend high-poverty or Title 1 school-wide schools to help them meet state and local standards in core subjects especially reading, and mathematics. At the same time, centers help working parents by providing a safe environment for students when school is not in session.

Nita M. Lowey 21st CCLC Non-Regulatory Guidance

Please see the Notice of Intent to Apply for the eligibility requirements for the Nita M. Lowey 21 Century Community Learning Centers grant program.

Waiver request

The South Dakota Department of Education is requesting a waiver from the U.S. Department of Education, for the 2020-21 school year, of the requirement in ESEA section 4201(b)(1)(A) that restricts activities provided by a Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) program to activities provided only during non-school hours or periods when school is not in session. Under this waiver, South Dakota could permit 21st CCLC programs to provide supplemental activities when school is in session but students are not receiving in-person instruction, such as by permitting a teacher to provide additional academic supports during remote learning. All other requirements for a 21st CCLC program would continue to apply.

Public comment on this wavier can be submitted to DOE.Accountability@state.sd.us until Oct. 8.

Grant Application Process
Grants for fiscal year 2021 due on Feb. 28, 2020 by 12:00 p.m. CST
Online Resources for All Staff

You for Youth (Y4Y) is the online professional learning and technical assistance platform for 21st Century Community Learning Centers across the county. The United State Department of Education built and manages the website and it is updated regularly with new learning modules. You will need to create free account in order to participate in learning modules.

Contact Alan Haarstad, 605-773-5238 with any questions regarding the 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant or application process.