April 6, 2018 10:00am – 12:30pm – Devens Commons Conference CenterThe Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE) will be hosting an Information/ Technical Assistance session for anyone interested in applying for an FY19 FC647 MA 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) Out of School Time (OST) and/or Expanded Learning Time (ELT) grant for new schools/sites. This session will provide information to help support and prepare interested applicants in writing a successful application. The federally-funded 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program is a competitive grant program intended to support schools, districts and communities in thoughtful design and implementation of additional learning time that supports a well rounded education, increases student engagement, supports social and emotional learning, addresses the opportunity gap and promotes college and career readiness and success.Eligible applicants are school districts, cities and towns, community-based organizations (CBOs), other public or private entities, or a consortium of two (2) or more of such agencies, organizations, or entities that meet at least one (1) of the following criteria:• Propose to serve a School(s) designated as Title I School-Wide (SW) programs.; or• Propose to serve a school(s) with 15% or more students who are economically disadvantaged.• Community based organizations that propose to serve as the lead applicant must have a partnership with a school that meets that above eligibility criteria. The Agenda will include the following: • ABCs of 21st CCLC• Planning to write your grant• Elements of successful 21st CCLC programs• Roundtable Discussion- An opportunity to chat and learn from peers that have written and run successful 21st CCLC OST and ELT programs• Timeline for release of the RFP and anticipated due date. Due to the competitive nature of the grant, DESE is not able to respond to programmatic or content questions via email or telephone. We will be scheduling additional webinars / conference calls to provide opportunities for applicants to ask questions in a public format.