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

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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)

 

21st CCLC Hours of Operation Waiver Opportunity for 2020-21

The DPI has applied for and received 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).

Section 8401(b) of ESEA, as amended by ESSA, allows the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education to waive the requirement in ESEA section 4201(b)(1)(A) that restricts activities provided by a 21st CCLC program to activities provided only during non-school hours or periods when school is not in session. 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 teacher to provide additional academic support during remote learning. All other requirements for a 21st CCLC program continue to apply.

The intent of the waiver is to provide flexibility for a 21st CCLC grantee to operate as needed to support education during remote or hybrid models of schooling during the 2020-21 school year in response to COVID-19.

Current 21st CCLC grantees in Wisconsin who would like to take advantage of this flexibility must request a waiver from the DPI before implementing a change in program services. Applying for this waiver is a two-part process.

Note: The DPI will not review waiver requests until the corresponding Program Change Request form is also submitted. The DPI will review the requests as they are submitted and will notify the grantee if and when they are approved.

The DPI has developed a frequently asked questions (FAQ) document with more information about this waiver opportunity: 21st CCLC Grant 2020-21 Allowable Activities Waiver Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

An informational webinar was offered on January 8, 2021, that provided an overview of the waiver application process. A recorded version of the webinar is available upon request.

Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers COVID-19 Relief Supplementary Grant

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) is pleased to announce that nearly $400,000 was recently awarded to twenty-nine WI 21st CCLC programs in round one of the COVID-19 Relief Supplementary grant opportunity. DPI is in the process of reviewing applications for the second round of awards and plans to announce the funding allocations by the end of December 2020. The funds are intended to assist in meeting the costs associated with providing services for students and families during this challenging time. Allowable expenses associated with this award include (but are not limited to):

  • Increased staffing expenses
  • Increased transportation expenses
  • Costs associated with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), sanitizing materials, thermometers, and other health monitoring or mitigation materials
  • Supplies related to establishing physical distancing (e.g., tape, cones, additional seating, etc.)
  • Expanded program services for students and families
  • Virtual or remote activity support materials (i.e., additional software licenses)
  • Additional expenses to minimize shared materials between participants
  • Contracted services (e.g., for additional space, community partners to expand access to services, cleaning services, etc.)
  • Staff training
  • Staff communication tools (e.g., walkie talkies)
  • Other costs directly related to COVID-19 impact and mitigation

Additional information can be found in the 21st CCLC COVID-19 Supplementary Award Guide.

Application Content

The following documents include all 21st CCLC COVID-19 Relief Supplementary Grant prompts and questions.

21st CCLC COVID-19 Relief Supplementary Grant Content

21st CCLC COVID-19 Relief Supplementary Grant Content

Please contact your DPI consultant with any questions.

 Trainings

Micro Webinar: Budget Change Request

In this short Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant Program (21st CCLC) webinar, grantees will learn to 1) identify the correct budget form for a Budget Change Request; 2) understand how to complete the Budget Change Request form; 3) know to whom grantees should submit the Budget Change Request form; and 4) know when Budget Change Requests are due. The slides are available here and the webinar here, for review.

Micro Webinar: Introduction to CLC Budgets

In this short 21st CCLC webinar, grantees will 1) understand the role of the fiscal agent; 2) identify the correct budget form for completing a 21st CCLC budget; 3) understand how to complete the 21st CCLC budget form; and 4) understand the basic criteria 21st CCLC consultants consider for budget approvals. The slides are available here and the webinar here, for review.

Micro Webinar: Program Fiscal Report (Claims)

In this short 21st CCLC webinar, grantees will 1) identify the correct budget form for a reimbursement claim; 2) understand how to complete the Fiscal Program Report form; 3) know to whom you should submit the Fiscal Program Report form; 4) know what the 21st CCLC grant obligation period is; and 5) know when the final claim is due. The slides are available here and the webinar here, for review.

External Organizations

DPI accepts self-nominations on an annual basis for eligible organizations to be included as part of a published list of organizations that 21st CCLC grantees may reference for potential partnerships or professional development support. For this purpose, external organization is defined as:

(A) a nonprofit organization with a record of success in running or working with before- and after-school (or summer recess) programs and activities; or

(B) in the case of a community where there is no such organization, a nonprofit organization in the community that enters into a written agreement or partnership with an organization described in (A) to receive mentoring and guidance in running or working with before- and after-school (or summer recess) programs and activities. (Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended on December 10, 2015)

To be considered, eligible entities need to complete an application and submit to DPI for review. DPI's 21st CCLC website will post the accepted entities for a period of two years, at which time organizations must reapply. This list of organizations is intended to serve as a resource for 21st CCLC programs looking for potential partners in their region. Note: the document is not an exhaustive list nor does it serve as an endorsement or certification of quality from DPI.

DPI is not currently accepting nominations.

The current list of self-nominated external organizations is available for download here.

For additional information, contact Teri LeSage.

For questions about this information, contact Alison Wineberg (608) 267-3751, Teri LeSage (608) 267-5078