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Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program

Afterschool Programs Infographic

American Rescue Plan III Evidenced-Based Comprehensive Afterschool Programs Infographic

OSPI enlisted the support of the American Institutes for Research (AIR) to collect data from ESSER-funded programs to enable them to examine the same information as 21st CCLC-funded programs.

Request for Proposals

We are excited to share some upcoming in-person facilitation opportunities to support 21 Century Community Learning Center Programs. We are seeking presenters to lead interactive and highly engaging live workshops and events. These are paid opportunities.

Please use the Schools Out Washington's Request for Proposal on behalf of OSPI-21ST CCLC Events form to submit your RFP.

Contact Information

21st Century Community Learning Centers

Lead Program Supervisor
Program Supervisor

The Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Program supports the creation of community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools. OSPI oversees the administration of the federal grant, Title IV Part B, which funds 21st-century programs for our students.

Request for Qualifications for Grant Application Reviewers

Now open, interested in submitting qualifications to be a peer reviewer to read and score 21st CCLC applications? Information, application requirements, and instructions. 

Spring 2023-2024 School Year Grant Competition

The Nita M. Lowey 21st CCLC grant awards are up to five years, contingent upon federal funding. Programs must show progress in implementing the project goals and activities as approved in their original grant proposal.  

2022-2023 Program Activity Calendar

Professional Development/Grantee Activity Calendar. 

21st Century Community Learning Centers (21CCLCs) provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools. In 2022–23, 21CCLCs serve: 52 CCLC Grantees 14 ESSER Grantees 181 CCLC Sites 51 ESSER Sites and serving Thousands of Students.  The markers on the map show the locations of a 21st CCLC program in Washington state. The purpose of the map is to show geographic diversity and the grades served by this program.

2021–22 Student & Teacher Survey Brief

The 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) are out-of-school time programs, many of which occur on school campuses. With the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on 21st CCLC programs, the evaluation team from the American Institutes for Research® administered a brief survey in spring 2022 to students who participated in programming, as well as to the school-day teachers of elementary student participants, to learn about the experiences and feelings of students and teacher perceptions of student engagement in learning in the classroom.

Washington COVD-19 Survey

This report describes how 21st CCLC subgrantees responded to the COVID-19–related school closures. The evaluation team administered a brief online survey to subgrantees to gather data that would answer the following evaluation questions: 1. Which programs still operated during spring 2020 and how? 2. What were the programs’ plans for summer 2020? 3. How were programs thinking about preparation for the 2020–21 school year? 4. What were the characteristics of online learning solutions implemented by programs during spring 2020?

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Renewability

Washington's decision for fiscal year '24, beginning July 1, 2023, is to not exercise renewability but to award funds to eligible entities through the competitive application process. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) allows a State Education Agency (SEA) to renew 21st Century Community Learning Center subgrants based on subgrantees' performance during the previous subgrant period [§4204(j)]. 

Program Guidance

Find non-regulatory guidance from the Department of Education, program evaluations, and a list of partners and resources.


Find a list of 21st Century Learning Grantees.