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Title IV - Part B - 21st Century Community Learning Centers


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Peer Review Process

November 7, 2014 - Peer Reviewer Applications Due
December 2, 2014 - Peer Reviewer Notice of Acceptance
December 16, 2014 - Reviewer Online Training
December 19, 2014 - Reviewers Receive Applications to Read and Score
January 20, 2015 - Reviewers Conference

The following documents are for the Peer Review Process:

FY15 Grant Application Timeline: Technical Assistance Meetings

  • Meeting 1 – Sept. 12, 2014 – Davenport (9-11 a.m.) The River Center 136 E. 3rd St (registration open)
    Note: We are having a full day workshop here from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. and two site visits from 4-6 p.m. (registration required) for the afternoon sessions. Register Now!
  • Meeting 2 – Sept. 15, 2014 – Des Moines (10-12) West Des Moines Learning Center
  • Meeting 3 – Sept 22, 2014 – Ottumwa (10-12) Great Prairie AEA
  • Meeting 4 – Oct. 9, 2014 – Council Bluffs (10-12) Green Hills AEA -Halverson Center
  • Oct. 31, 2014 – Online Letter Due (submitted via an online application and survey of student needs)
  • Meeting 5 – Nov. 4, 2014 – Webinar – Statewide Grant Workshop and Q & A (9-11 a.m.)
  • Dec. 5, 2014 – Continuation Grant Applications Due (by 4:30 p.m.)
  • Dec 12, 2014 – New Grant Applications Due (by 4:30 p.m.)
  • Jan. 20, 2015 – Peer Review Conference
  • Mar. 2015 – Grant Awards Announced (Reviewer feedback will be emailed to all applicants)
  • April – May 2015 – Contracts Finalized
  • June 1, 2015 – New Grants Begin (Program implementation may begin with summer. Federal data reporting requirements start with summer programs.)

Need more information? Contact:
Indira Blazevic Karic
Iowa Afterschool Alliance/SPPG

FY 2015 Request for Applications (RFA)

The documents listed below are for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers RFA for September 2014-June 2015.

21st Century Community Learning Centers FY 2015 Request for Applications

Student Needs Assessment Template - Iowa 21st Century Community Learning Centers

What's New in This Application (Fall 2014)

Iowa 21st Century Funding Formula

How to Write Measurable Goals and Objectives

Appendix A: Required Forms - FY15

Appendix B: Practice Lists - FY15

Appendix C: Definitions

Appendix D: Contractual Terms

Appendix E: Continuation Grants

Appendix F: Adult Literacy Map - FY 15

Appendix G: Iowa Site Monitoring Tool - FY15

Application Examples from FY14


About 21st Century Community Learning Centers

The 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) grant serves as a supplementary program that can enhance State or local reform efforts to improve student academic achievement and to support their overall development. In particular, 21st CCLC funds will create and expand after-school programs that offer extended learning opportunities for children and their families. The 21st CCLC program is a federal title program (Title IV, part B).

The 21st Century Community Learning Centers program, first authorized as a national program in 1996, provides grants to schools, community-based, faith-based, and/or non-profit organizations as partners for the establishment of community learning centers to keep children safe while providing academic and enrichment activities during after school hours. With the enactment of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001 the administration of the distribution of funding for the 21st CCLC program has been delegated to the states. The overarching goal of the state administered program is to establish or expand community learning centers during non-school hours to provide students who attend schools eligible for Title I Schoolwide Program funds (i.e., 40% of students are eligible to receive free and reduced lunch) with academic and enrichment opportunities along with supportive services necessary to help them achieve academically and develop socially, emotionally, physically, and behaviorally.


Quality Before and Afterschool Programs

Before and afterschool programs have the potential to make a significant contribution to the following “Results for Iowa Youth” in the positive development of all the state’s children and youth:

  1. All Iowa children and youth are healthy and socially competent.
  2. All Iowa children and youth succeed in school
  3. All Iowa children and youth are prepared for productive adulthood.
  4. All youth have the benefit of safe and supportive families, schools, and communities.

Quality before and afterschool programs can provide safe, engaging environments that complement the school day by promoting learning to improve student outcomes. While there is no one single formula for success in afterschool programs, both practitioners and researchers have found that effective programs combine academic, enrichment, cultural, and recreational activities to guide learning and engage children and youth in wholesome activities. They also find that the best programs develop activities to meet the particular needs of the communities they serve.


Activities of Before and Afterschool Programs

Each eligible organization that receives an award may use the funds to carry out a broad array of before- and after-school activities (or activities during other times when school is not in session) that advance student achievement.

  • Remedial education activities and academic enrichment learning programs, including providing additional assistance to students to allow the students to improve their academic achievement
  • Literacy activities
  • Tutoring services (including those provided by senior citizen volunteers) and mentoring programs; to reduce achievement gaps for at-risk children
  • Programs that provide after-school activities for limited English proficient students that emphasize language skills and academic achievement
  • Mathematics and science education activities
  • Arts and music and cultural education activities
  • Entrepreneurial education programs, Employment preparation or training
  • Physical Fitness, Nutritional Education and Recreational Activities
  • Drug and violence prevention programs. Counseling, character and behavior education
  • Youth leadership and character building activities
  • Volunteer and community service opportunities
  • College awareness and preparation
  • Homework assistance centers
  • Mentoring and service-learning projects
  • Activities linked to law enforcement
  • Supervised field trips, recreation and enrichment programs and events


Common Elements of Quality Before and Afterschool Programs

In addition to the desired results that focus the work, the Common Elements listed below represent nationally recognized standards on which quality afterschool programs are based. While programs should be oriented toward achievement of the four (4) result areas, the principles of quality programs should undergird all program design.

  • The program is a combination of academic, enrichment, cultural, and recreational activities that guide learning and engage children and youth in wholesome activities.
  • Goal setting and strong management
  • Planning for long-term sustainability
  • Quality afterschool staffing
  • Attention to safety, health, and nutrition issues
  • Effective partnerships
  • Strong involvement of families
  • Extended learning opportunities
  • Linkages between school-day and afterschool personnel
  • Evaluation of program progress and effectiveness


Quality Standards for Before and Afterschool Programs

The Iowa Afterschool Alliance (IAA) sought to develop standards of quality for Iowa's aftershool programs because of up until September of 2008, no single approach to quality programming and administration existed that could be utilized by the whole range of programs that provide services to children and youth in Iowa.

The IAA Quality Work Group has developed a set of 10 standards and 88 corresponding indicators of quality afterschool programming and administration that can be immediately implemented by programs of all types, locations, and funding streams. More information can be found on the IAA Afterschool Quality webpage.


Iowa's Blueprint for Afterschool

The Iowa's Blueprint for Afterschool document outlines five strategies for ensuring access to affordable high-quality afterschool in Iowa for children and youth ages 5-17. It is designed to serve as a tool for policymakers to use in partnership with local stakeholders to identify the core elements of effective delivery of quality afterschool programs in Iowa so all youth and families have access to such opportunities in their community.


Grant Program and Awards

Cohorts VII & VIII: Iowa has changed the grant cycle to a period of three (3) years for all new awards, starting in 2012.

Cohorts I-VI: Entities eligible to receive Iowa’s grant funds for a period of five (5) years has been expanded to include local educational agencies (LEAs), cities, counties, community-based organizations (CBOs), faith-based organizations (FBOs), non-profit organizations (NPOs), or a consortium of two or more such agencies, organizations or entities. Applicants are required to plan their programs through a collaborative process that includes parents, youth, and representatives of participating schools or local educational agencies, governmental agencies (e.g, cities, counties, parks and recreation departments), community organizations, and the private sector.

Grant Awards - Cohort X 2015-2018

Grant Awards - Cohort IX 2014-2017

Grant Awards - Cohort VIII 2013-2016

Grant Awards - Cohort VII 2012-2015

Grant Awards - Cohort VI 2010-2015

Grant Awards - Cohort V 2009-2014

Grant Awards - Cohort IV 2008-2013

Grant Awards - Cohort III 2007-2012



Every year, each 21st CCLC grantee is required to submit basic information about the characteristics associated with their programs and the outcomes they were able to achieve as a result of providing services to the students and adult family members attending their programs. This data includes activities, attendance, partners/subcontractors, staffing, and regular attendees’ math and reading proficiency levels. This data is submitted to a federal data collection system called.

Iowa Afterschool Report 2012 - Evaluation data from grantees, site visits, surveys and PPICS.

Iowa Afterschool Report 2013 - Evaluation data from grantees, site visits, surveys and PPICS.

Iowa Afterschool Report 2014 - Evaluation data from grantees, site visits, surveys and PPICS.


Afterschool Resources

The Wallace Foundation

The Afterschool Alliance

The Iowa Afterschool Alliance

SEDL National Center for Quality Afterschool

American Institutes for Research - Afterschool Programming

US Dept. of Education- 21st Century Community Learning Centers:



Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on August 28, 2015 at 5:13pm.