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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

21st CCLC Hours of Operation Waiver Opportunity for 2020-21: The US Department of Education recently approved a waiver from Section 4201(b)(1)(A) under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Under the waiver, the DPI may 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 21st CCLC staff member to provide additional academic support during remote learning. In order for current programs to provide these services, they must submit an application to DPI to do so. Additional information and application materials can be found on the 21st CCLC Current Grantee Resources page.

new Updates on 21st CCLC Grant Requirements for 2020-21: The DPI has issued updates on some of the 21st CCLC grant requirements impacting the 2020-21 grant period. This document addresses attendance, weekly hours, days of operation, allowable services, and teacher survey expectations. Grantees are encouraged to contact a DPI consultant with questions or concerns.
21st CCLC Attendance Data Requirements 2020-21The DPI will require 21st CCLC programs to record attendance beginning January 25, 2021 for both synchronous and asynchronous program activities. Therefore, in-person, virtual synchronous, and virtual asynchronous activity participation should be tracked and recorded in Cayen’s AS21 System. To the extent possible, program staff should create systems in order to acquire accurate participation information for asynchronous activities. For more information, please review “21st CCLC Attendance Data Requirements 2020-21
Program 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.

Scheduling Considerations for Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) Programs During the 2020-21 School Year: This document is meant to provide guidance to 21st CCLC programs related to the grant requirement that 21st CCLC programs operate outside of regular school hours. It includes a 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.

  • 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.
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