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Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant Program Resources

21st century community learning centers

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

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


Additional Out-of-School Time Resources


    • 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.

    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.
    • After-School Programs Promote Achievement
      This study concludes after-school 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. Read the brief summary here, or the full report here.

    Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)

    • On Wednesday, September 9, 2020, presenters from Sanford Harmony, a nationally-recognized SEL program, provided a training for granteeson SEL practices and supports for the upcoming school year. Webinar attendees learned about Sanford Harmony's CASEL-Select curriculum and app (Sanford Harmony Game Room) and walked away with tangible resources, best practices, and skills to support students and families. The goal of this webinar was to help grantees build strong relationships with student communities, whether virtual or in-person. Download the presentation slides here.
    • Learn more about SEL in out-of-school time (OST) programs by visiting DPI's OST SEL webpage.


    • Badgerlink offers 21st CCLCs access to 68 separate resources, including full text and multimedia content you can use to create activities for use in after-school 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 here.
    • 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
      This website provides information about the Partnership, including how to join, a list of members, examples of 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 US Department of Education provides resources, links, and guidelines regarding after-school programs.
    For questions about this information, contact Alison Wineberg (608) 267-3751