21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Grant Program
(Federally funded through NCLB Title IVB - Fund Code 647)
NCLB Title IVB: 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC)
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Purpose & Funding
Through 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) grants, approximately $16M will be awarded during 2014-2015 (Fiscal Year 2015) to fund programs at approximately 140 sites in nearly 50 communities across the Commonwealth. FY15 is the 14th year that the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will distribute 21st CCLC grants under Title IVB of the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). Grants have been awarded on a competitive basis for three to five years, depending on the program. Grantees meeting all requirements may apply for continuation funds until that grant cycle is over, but unless explicitly confirmed otherwise, carryover is not allowed (an entity must return all funds that are unexpended at the end of each program year, and cannot request any portion of those unexpended funds in the following year).
The purpose of the program is to establish or expand community learning centers that operate during additional learning time* and provide students with academic enrichment opportunities along with other activities designed to complement the students' regular academic program. Community learning centers may also offer literacy and related educational development to these students' families.
*Additional learning time, for the purposes of Massachusetts 21st CCLC grants, is generally defined as follows:
- Out-of-School-Time (OST) - structured programming held outside of the regular school day, week and/or year for a targeted group of students.
- Expanded Learning Time (ELT) - adding time to the required school day, week and/or year for all students enrolled (the ability to support ELT programming through 21st CCLC funding was added a result of ESEA approved flexibility).