21st Century Community Learning Centers Grants
“21st CCLC’s goal is to assist youth in meeting state standards for core academic subjects by providing them with academic and enrichment opportunities.”- PA CCLC Goal
“The 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) Grant is a competitive grant providing federal funding for establishing community learning centers that provide academic, artistic and cultural enrichment opportunities for students and their families. These opportunities must occur during non-school hours or periods when school is not in session to help students attending high-poverty and low-performing schools to meet state and local standards in core academic subjects. Centers must also offer students a broad array of activities that can complement their regular academic programs, providing literacy and other educational services to their families.
Authorized under, Title IV, Part B of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (P.L. 107-110), as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 and reauthorized by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015, and administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) the 21st CCLC Grant provides funding for the establishment of community learning centers to provide students with academic enrichment opportunities. In addition to academics, 21st CCLC grantees may also offer participants a broad array of other services and programs, such as counseling, character education, drug and violence prevention programming, art, music, recreation activities, and technology education. Also, ancillary services for parents such as literacy instruction may be given.”
–PA Department of Education (2019)
Ivins Partnership History
In 2004 the Ivins Outreach Center in partnership with, The School District of Borough of Morrisville (SDBM), and 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC), began managing the SDBM academic and enrichment, after-school and summer programs. The 21st CCLC grant funding is distributed from the Federal Government, to the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and dispersed to the school district to administer the program. The Pennsylvania Department of Education nominated the Morrisville afterschool program as a best practice for family engagement in the Commonwealth. In January 2016, Bucks County Technical High School, and Bristol Borough School District, received 21st CCLC Grants. The fiscal agents are the individual School Districts and the Ivins Outreach Center continues as a community partner with these schools in administering these grants. For more information see the Courier Times’ January 14, 2016, news article on our News page.
Partnerships and Programs
21st CCLC Purpose
21st CCLC provide opportunities to establish or expand activities in community learning centers that:
- Provide academic enrichment, including tutorial services to help students, particularly students, who attend low-performing schools, to meet the challenging state academic standards.
- Offer students a broad array of additional services, programs, and activities.
- Offer families of students served by community learning centers opportunities for active and meaningful engagement in their children’s education, including opportunities for literacy, and related educational development.
-Pennsylvania Department of Education (2019)
21st CCLC-After School Programs
For more information regarding the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) grant or to find information about a particular partnership program, please visit their webpage or contact the coinciding school district Program Director at the Ivins Outreach Center 21st CCLC (215) 428-0500.
- Morrisville- More information about the Grandview Elementary School, Morrisville Intermediate/Middle/High School, and Holy Trinity Catholic School, academic and enrichment programs can be found at Morrisville Learning Centers or contact the Morrisville Program Directors at (215) 428-0500.
- Bristol- For more information on Snyder-Girotti Adventure Quest, Bristol Middle/High School, or St. Mark Adventure Quest, programs please contact the Bristol Program Directors at (215) 428-0500.
- BCTHS, CEC, CSL-For information about the Bucks County Technical High School (BCTHS), Center for Student Learning (CSL), or Conwell Egan Catholic High School, programs please contact the BCTHS Program Directors at (215) 428-0500.
21st CCLC-Summer Camp
Summer camp programs are designed to address individual community needs. While each community has varying needs, overarching goals of the summer programs are designed to create a positive learning environment to strengthen students’ academics, including programs in STEM/STEAM, academic credit recovery, and preparing students for the next school year. For high school ages, the summer programs include SAT prep. The handpicked summer staff are certified teachers, college students, and natives of the community. Summer programs are meaningful, engaging, and enriching activities.