Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs

FY2019 Fund Code: 647

Massachusetts 21st Century Community Learning Centers - Supporting Additional Learning Time (for new sites)

Funds Allocated:$2,753,075 (Federal)
Funds Requested:$4,740,397
Purpose: The purpose of this competitive grant program is to support the implementation of a longer school day/year (referred to as Expanded Learning Time or ELT) and/or out-of-school time (OST) programming. Supported with federal funds, these opportunities will help to close proficiency and opportunity gaps, increase student engagement, support social and emotional learning, and promote college and career readiness and success. The Department's overarching priorities for supporting additional time through this grant include:
  • Using more time to implement innovative teaching and learning strategies that are multi-disciplinary and support students in all developmental areas (academic, social and emotional, civic, wellness, etc.).

  • Using more time to implement service-learning and project-based learning that supports core academic areas.

  • Using data effectively in designing programming that addresses student needs and interests.

  • Using data effectively in demonstrating continuous program improvement efforts.

  • Using more time to provide additional opportunities for adults (including school staff, program providers and partners) to participate in collaborative planning and professional development that supports desired student outcomes.

  • Developing systems of support that are culturally competent and relevant to the select population of students and families to be served with these funds.

  • Demonstrate that the activities proposed are not otherwise accessible to students who would be served, or would expand access to high-quality services that may be available in the community.

  • Developing engaging summer programming that addresses summer learning loss and helps students transition successfully into elementary, middle, and high school.

  • Engaging families and building strong school-community partnerships to support student outcomes in all developmental areas as described above.

  • Developing sustainable models for supporting additional quality learning time.

Funding priority was given to applicants that:
  • Propose to serve youth from schools/communities with ≥40 percent of students who are ED, as indicated at the Department's School and District profiles page for 2017-2018.

  • Propose to implement more time in, or in partnership with, a school designated as Level 3, 4, or 5 in 2016 (to view school accountability dataselect "school" and "2016" and then "view report").

  • Propose to serve elementary grade levels that include Kindergarten (K) in their school year program model, and to include a summer program that will include rising K (students transitioning to K at the start of the school year).

  • Submit the application in full partnership, including a school district as well as one or more community-based organizations and/or other public or private organization. An LEA (school district) may receive priority points without a partner if they are able to show that they are unable to partner with a community-based organization in a reasonable geographic proximity and of sufficient quality.

  • Have not previously received 21st CCLC funding.

Please Note in FY19 the Department did not receive any applications for Expanded Learning Time (ELT).

Number of Proposals Received:24 (for 29 schools/sites) (29 OST/0 ELT)
Number of Proposals Recommended:13 (for 16 schools/sites)
Number of Proposals Not Recommended:11 (for 13 schools/sites)
Result of Funding: This funding will support 13 districts/agencies in implementing academically enriching out- of school-time programs and activities at 16 schools/sites. This programming will provide students with additional engaging core content instruction, project-based and or service-learning experiences, and opportunities for academic enrichment. In addition, funds will support training, planning and professional development for adults to make better use of time with students and maximize student outcomes. These programs will also engage with various community partners to support students' learning, and social/emotional and physical development. Approximately 5,000 students will benefit from programs and services supported through this funding. Grant awards range from $140,000 to $350,000 per year for up to three years.

Athol YMCA (Athol-Royalston Middle School)$140,000
Boston Public Schools (Boston International High School / Edison Elementary School)350,000
Brockton Public Schools (South Middle School)175,000
The Collaborative for Educational Services (Kozol Elementary School, Ware)175,000
The Community Group (South Lawrence East Elementary School, Lawrence)175,000
Fitchburg Public Schools (Rheingold Elementary School)175,000
For Kids Only Afterschool (Carroll Elementary School, Peabody)175,000
Haverhill Public Schools (Bradford Elementary School)175,000
Holyoke Public Schools (STEM Academy)175,000
Lowell Public Schools (Sullivan Middle School / Murkland Elementary School)350,000
Southbridge Public Schools (West Elementary/ Middle School)350,000
South Shore Stars (Randolph Extended Day Program, Randolph)163,075
Tewksbury Public Schools (Dewing School, Pre K-2)175,000
Total Federal Funds$2,753,075

Last Updated: August 17, 2018

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