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21st Century Community Learning Centers (CLC): Grant Resources

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21st Century Community Learning Centers

Title IV Part B of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB)

Resources for Community Learning Centers

To participate in an electronic listserv on Wisconsin CLC programs, contact Alison Wineberg at (608) 267-3751, or

External Organization

DPI accepts self-nominations on an annual basis for eligible organizations to be included as part of a published list of organizations that 21st Century Community Leaning Center 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. Eligible entities must provide the following evidence:

  • Nonprofit status
    • By definition, the WI DPI will recognize nonprofits with a 501(c)(3) status or other tax exempt entity
  • Certification covering debarment
    • Signatures will guarantee that organizations are not prohibited from entering into contracts with a federal funding source
  • Mission statement
  • Record of success in running or working with before- and after-school (or summer recess) programs and activities
  • Description of services, support, or expertise qualified to offer
  • Signatures verifying the truth and accuracy of the information provided to the WI DPI

The WI DPI 21st Century Community Learning Centers 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. Please note:  the document is not an exhaustive list nor does it serve as an endorsement or certification of quality from the WI DPI.

DPI is not currently accepting nominations. New nominations will be accepted in December 2019.

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

For additional information, contact Teri LeSage.

Additional Resources

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)

  • How to Smile Designed by a group of science museums, this website is a clearing house for educational materials related to science and mathematics specifically for working with school age youth outside of the classroom setting. Educators can both use and contribute to the online collection.
  • Engineering is Elementary
    The EiE is a project of the National Center for Technological Literacy and is designed for students in grades 1-8 to develop engineering and technology literacy. A variety of lessons are available for preview and purchase via the website, as well as supportive professional development and educational research.
  • Connecting Your After-School Program with Reading
    A WisLine Web Conference on reading strategies for after-school programs, February 19, 2004.

  • Afterschool Programs Promote Achievement
    This study concludes Afterschool and summer programs have a small, though statistically significant positive impact on student achievement in reading and mathematics, finds a recent study by Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning. They analyzed 56 studies meeting high standards for rigor in exploring the impact of out-of-school time strategies. Researchers found reading gains for students in kindergarten through second grade and math gains for high school students. One-on-one tutoring brought the greatest reading gains. Brief summary or Full Report


On-line Toolkit


  • Strengthening School, Family, and Community Partnerships in CLC Programs
    The May 5, 2005, Joyce Epstein WisLine Web teleconference presentation.

  • Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) and LEA/SEA Toolkits
    According to the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Justice (1998), one of the key elements of a high-quality after-school program is an effective partnership between community-based organizations (CBOs) and schools. The CBOs and Local Education Agency/State Education Agency toolkits provide research supporting the need for school-CBO partnerships; successful strategies for creating and sustaining partnerships; and checklists and tools. This website provides links to these tool kits, as well as to information about research, strategies for success, and checklists.

  • DPI-CLC Quality Partnerships
    The December 11, 2003, WisLine Web teleconference hosted by Stan Potts, Steve Fernan, Gary Sumnciht, Dan Wiltrout, and Doug White, members of the Department of Public Instruction's CLC Team.

  • Making the School Day Connection
    The April 8, 2003, online CLC teleconference training event presentation.



  • Badgerlink offers 21st Century Community Learning Centers access to 68 separate resources, including full text and multimedia content you can use to create activities for use in afterschool programs. The resources are searchable by grade or reading level, cover STEM subjects, test preparation and practice tests and royalty-free music, video, and images perfect for school projects. Explore all of BadgerLink at:

  • Creating Extraordinary Afterschool Learning Experiences
    The February 17, 2005, Wisline Web teleconference hosted by UW-Extension and DPI

  • Title I Funds Able to Be Used to Support Extended Learning Opportunities
    The March 30, 2009, DPI-hosted Wisline-Web conference reviewing the appropriate use of Title I funds to support afterschool activities.
    The recent passage of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) will lead to a significant increase in the availability of Title I funds. A memo to CLC program coordinators from the office of Assistant State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor explains how these funds may be used in support of after-school programs and other extended learning opportunities.

  • The After-School Alliance
    This private organization provides information and resources for after-school programs.

  • Harvard Family Research Project
    The Harvard Family Research Project provides resources to improve evaluation for practitioners, policymakers, funders, researchers, and evaluators in the after school field.

  • Partnership for Family Involvement in Education
    Information about the Partnership, including how to join, a list of members, examples of Partner activities, a comprehensive listing of U.S. Department of Education publications on family and community involvement, including after-school programs, and other resources.

  • US Department of Education
    The USDE provides resources, links, and guidelines regarding after school programs.
For questions about this information, contact Alison Wineberg (608) 267-3751