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Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant Program COVID-19 Information

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Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant Program

Title IV, Part B, of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

The DPI agency-wide web page covers basic information about the novel coronavirus, critical government updates, and information on instructional areas and resources for schools. 
This webpage is designated for COVID-19 information relevant to Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant Program (21st CCLC) grant-funded programs. The content found on this page may be updated regularly, so please check back periodically for the most recent information. If you have questions specific to your program, contact one of the DPI Consultants for the 21st CCLC program.
Resources for 21st CCLC Funded Programs
newProgram Plan Changes Due to COVID-19 Impact: In order to modify a program plan at any time during the 2020-2021 year due to the effects of COVID-19, grantees should submit a Program Change Request form for approval ( A form should be submitted only if the site will have an on-going (i.e., lasting more than a few days) change in the program that will impact the site’s ability to meet grant program requirements. Forms may be submitted at any time during the 2020-2021 school year, when a sustained change to the program is anticipated. Note, any approved changes will apply only to the 2020-2021 school year.

newOST Definition and Transportation RequirementsA clarification of how DPI defines Out of School time for 21st CCLC programs serving schools that are operating virtually during the 2020-2021 school year, as well as an explanation of what the definition means for programs that wish to provide extended programming for 21st CCLC participants when schools are operating virtually. The document also addresses transportation and the requirements for 21st CCLC programs offering in-person services.

  • 2020-21 FAQ for Nita M Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) understands that Wisconsin 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) have many questions regarding program operations and services for the 2020-21 school year. This document is intended to provide answers to some of the commonly asked questions unique to the 2020-21 school year.
  • In recognition of this changing out-of-school time landscape, DPI is leveraging some of the unallocated 2018-19 21st CCLC federal award to create a 21st CCLC COVID-19 Relief Supplementary Grant award for all eligible current grantees that apply. Eligible grantees include currently-funded 21st CCLC sites, and consideration will be given to those sites with a demonstrated lack of access to other funding sources. Grant funds are intended to assist with expenses, which may exceed the base award available, directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on program operations.

  • Spring 2020 Annual Performance Report (APR) Data Collection Plan - In addition to not requiring the collection of teacher survey data, DPI has made several other changes to the way Spring 2020 APR data will be reported by Wisconsin 21st CCLC grantees as a result of COVID-19-related school and program closures. The 21st CCLC Spring 2020 APR Data Collection Plan provides an overview of these changes.
  • Amendments and Waivers of Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers Requirements for 2019-2020 - In response to school and program closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has amended or waived a number of the state-level requirements for Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) programs for the 2019-2020 school year. The document below lists the requirements that have been amended or waived and explains what each amendment or waiver means for 21st CCLC programs. Any requirements that are not included in this document have not been changed, and programs are still expected to meet them for the 2019-2020 school year.​​​​​​
  • Virtual Professional Development for 21st CCLC Program Staff - List of online professional development resources that may be of interest to 21st CCLC staff.
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