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Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program

Contact Information

21st Century Community Learning Centers

(360) 725-6049
Heidi Schultz
Program Supervisor
Kayla Stewart
Program Specialist
Brian Moore
Admin Assistant

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.

The 2020-2021 Request for Proposal (RFP) and Scoring Rubric are now available. Please see the 21st CCLC Grant Competition page for more detials.

OSPI is now accepting applications for Peer Reviewers for the 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant Applications. Review the Request for Qualifications No. 2021-05 for application requirements.
 21st Century Community Learning Centers map in Washington State












21st CCLC 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. No grant is less than $100,000, and no grant will exceed $500,000.

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Renewability

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)]. The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is exercising its authority under the renewability provision of ESSA, extending eligible subgrants one time for one year, based on satisfactory performance of the grantee in the previous year.  Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the 2020, 21st CCLC competition timeline has been pushed back by several months. The current cohort of grantees in their 5th year will not have the opportunity to compete again before the final year of their grant ends. Therefore, Cohort 12 will have the option to be renewed for one additional year until August 2021.

Program Guidance

Non-regulatory guidance from the Department of Education. 

Program Evaluations & Accountability

See guidelines and reports on state and local evaluations for programs and activities.


Find a list of 21st Century Learning Grantees.

Partners & Resources

Through a range of training and professional development services, we promote quality standards and offer opportunities for afterschool and youth development program providers to develop skills, receive support and network with peers.

2019-2020 Program Activity Calendar

Professional Development/Grantee Activity Calendar.