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21st Century Community Learning Centers

The 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) are afterschool programs developed by partnerships between school districts and community-based organizations.  These afterschool programs are designed to provide academic enrichment opportunities for children, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools.    These programs receive federal funds administered by the Delaware Department of Education.   The goal for Delaware’s program is to help students meet state and local standards in core academic subjects, such as reading and math; offer students a broad array of enrichment activities that can complement their regular academic programs; and offer career education, character education, and prevention programs.

The Delaware Department of Education (DOE) contracts with the Center for Disabilities Studies to support its administration of 21st CCLC grantees in Delaware.  CDS monitors all of the sites receiving grants from the Department of Education to collect information related to the sites implementation of quality afterschool programming.  There are currently 22 grantees operating 44 sites in Delaware.  Program evaluation information is shared with each site and DOE.   CDS also provides technical assistance for the grantees related to creating quality afterschool programs through workshops and consultation with individual programs.  Additionally, the project facilitates a 21st CCLC Advisory committee and assists the Department of Education with the process of offering Request for Proposals in Delaware and evaluating applications.

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Teresita Cuevas