21st Century Community Learning Centers
Title IV, Part B, of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
What is the purpose of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers?
The purpose of the program is to create community learning centers that provide students with academic enrichment opportunities, as well as additional activities designed to complement their regular academic program. Community learning centers must also offer families of these students literacy and related educational development. Centers - which can be located in elementary or secondary schools or other similarly accessible facilities - 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), community service opportunities, as well as music, arts, sports, and cultural activities. At the same time, centers help working parents by providing a safe environment for students when school is not in session.
Which student populations are the priorities for CLCs?
CLC funds will support centers that primarily serve students from schools that have at least 40 percent of their students from low income families (defined as qualifying for free and reduced lunch, although other sources of objective data in addition to free and reduced lunch count may be used to establish eligibility). In addition, eligible applicants proposing to primarily serve students from schools with significant academic deficiencies will receive priority for grant awards.
Private School Consultation
Title IV, Part B (21st Century Community Learning Centers) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) requires that timely and meaningful consultation occur between the local education agency (LEA) or educational service agency, or consortium of these agencies and appropriate private school officials regarding how to provide equitable and effective programs for eligible private school students. 20 U.S.C. § 7881(c).
Who is required to engage in consultation with a private school?
All recipients of a 21st Century Community Learning Center grant award. This may include public school districts, individual school, charter school, private school, community-based organization, or public or private entity.
What private schools need to be included in the consultation?
Any private elementary schools or private secondary schools with eligible children enrolled in areas served by the local education agency, educational service agency, or consortium awarded the 21st Century Community Learning Center grant. If no such private schools exist in the areas served by the entity, the Private School Affirmation does not need to be submitted to DPI.
Please note that DPI does not define the “service area” of the granted agency. The grant-funded agency is responsible for determining how the school service area is defined for this purpose.
How often should consultation occur?
Prior to submission of a competitive application and annually during the duration of the five year grant award.
What should be included in the consultation process?
How the children’s needs will be identified;
What services will be offered;
How, where, and by whom the services will be provided;
How the services will be assessed and how the results of the assessment will be used to improve those services;
The size and scope of the equitable services to be provided to the eligible private school children, the amount of funds available for those services, and how that amount is determined;
How and when the agency, consortium, or entity will make decisions about the delivery of services.
Recipients of the 21st Century Community Learning Center grant are advised to document everything. This may include attempts for consultation, meeting minutes, agreements made, how decisions were made if there were disagreements, etc.
Although all recipients of the 21st Century Community Learning Center grant are required to have meaningful consultation with private schools, only public local education agencies (i.e. public school districts) are required to submit the Private School Affirmation to DPI at this time.
Guiding Principles for 21st CCLC Programs in Wisconsin
21st CCLC programs across Wisconsin are dynamic and complex environments that require innovative approaches to achieving the most impact for youth. No one setting is the same and there are many ways for programs to achieve excellence. The WI DPI has developed a set of principles to help guide programs in that work. These guiding principles can both serve as a foundation and be adapted to local situations. It is our hope that the principles will inspire and provide direction to Wisconsin 21st CCLC programs as they strive to provide high quality out-of-school time experiences to students across the state.
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