21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC)

21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC)

FY21 Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers Restart Support Guide 

We are happy to release the FY21 21st CCLC Restart Support Guide. The purpose of this document is to support 21st CCLC program providers in planning the implementation of a restart plan for the 2020-2021 program year. Planning for the restart must align with the program’s district plan, 21st CCLC Non-Regulatory Guidance and the Ohio Department of Education Planning Guide for Ohio Schools and Districts.

All programs shall submit a Fall Restart Program Plan no later than November 16, 2020. Fall Restart Program Plans will provide basic information informing the Department of changes to programming for this year. Grantees will select one of the following program types at the start of the plan: 

  • Plan 1- Site-based or school-based:  The program assures that it operates as indicated in its initial application and continuation plan with face-to-face programming.
  • Plan 2 - Remote:  The program serves students and families virtually.
  • Plan 3 - Blended:  The program includes a combination of remote and face-to-face programming.

Link to Fall Restart Program Plan.

Contact Information

Shannon Teague, Assistant Director
(614) 466-2517

Ludia Dorelien, Grants Manager
(614) 387-2201  

Nina Pace, 21st CCLC Financial Program Manager
(614) 387-0344

Charlotte Jones-Ward, 21st CCLC Education Program Specialist
(614) 466-8920

Charmaine Davis-Bey, 21st CCLC Education Program Specialist
(614) 387-0460

Tabitha Palmer, 21st CCLC Data Coordinator
(614) 387-0545

The Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program provides opportunities for children who come from economically disadvantaged families and attend low-performing schools to receive academic supports. School districts, schools, community-based organizations, including faith-based organizations, institutions of higher education, city or county government agencies, for-profit corporations and other public or private entities are eligible for the 21st CCLC grant.

The Ohio Department of Education's Office for Improvement and Innovation administers the 21st CCLC grant. This federally funded grant program supports high-quality, out-of-school time learning opportunities and related activities for students who attend eligible schools. Recent flexibility from the U.S. Department of Education allows 21st CCLC funds to be used for expanded learning time programming during the school day, week or year in addition to out-of-school time. 


The Ohio Department of Education is applying for a flexibility waiver under the Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program. The waiver offers flexibility regarding the requirement in section 4201(b)(1)(A) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, which states that a 21st CCLC program operate “during non-school hours or periods when school is not in session (such as before and after school or during summer recess).” The flexibility allows 21st CCLC staff to provide the following types of support to students during school-day hours:

  • engaging in remote learning lessons;
  • completing independent work that is assigned; and
  • engaging in enrichment activities during the portion of the week they are not engaged in traditional (in-person) classroom instruction.

The Department has designed a Restart Support Guide for 21st CCLC programs in Ohio. Public comment is necessary to ensure community input guides the use of grant funding. Please consider the following questions related to the flexibility waiver and provide appropriate feedback to Shannon.Teague@education.ohio.gov by Friday, Oct. 30..
Flexibility Waiver Guiding Questions

  1. If granted the waiver, how do would programs use this flexibility? What would the anticipated benefits of flexibility be?
  2. What are some potential challenges the Department should consider?
  3. Under the waiver, states may permit 21st CCLC programs to provide supplemental activities when school is in session, but when students are not receiving in-person instruction. What are some safeguards or parameters the Department should include to ensure all other requirements for 21st CCLC programs are being met?
  4. What are some additional comments or concerns the Department should consider?

Please review the Flexibility Waiver Guidance and Request Form and email appropriate feedback to Shannon.Teague@education.ohio.gov by Friday, Oct. 30..

21st CCLC FY21 Bidders' Conference 

The Ohio Department of Education is offering potential applicants the opportunity to attend a Bidders’ Conference where the FY22 21st CCLC Request for Application (RFA) will be released. The FY21 Bidders Conference will be virtual and held on Thursday, February 11, 2021 and Wednesday, February 17, 2021. Registration is required and both sessions will cover the same information, so it is only necessary to register for and attend one of the sessions. Registration information is forthcoming. 

21st CCLC Request for Application Announcement (2021-2022 School Year)

The deadline for all Fiscal Year 2021 Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers applications is May 28, 2021, at 5 p.m.
The U.S. Department of Education annually provides 21
st CCLC funds to states to support activities pursuant to implementing expanded learning time and out-of-school time that clearly align academic services to the identified needs of students and state academic standards. Funding for this grant is contingent upon the Department’s receipt of federal funding.
Grant application period: Monday, March 2, 2021, at 8 a.m. through Friday, May 28, 2021, at 5 p.m.
Submission of grant application: TBA


Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grants (2020-2021 School Year)

Potential Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers Applicants

21st CCLC Getting Started

All organizations just beginning to participate in this program need to take a few initial steps

  1. Obtain an Employer Identification Number (EIN), which is assigned by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). For instructions on obtaining an EIN click here
  2. Set up an Internal Retrieval Number (IRN), which is a unique number assigned to each organization that is doing business with the Ohio Department of Education (ODE). To obtain and use an IRN, the following instructions and forms are provided:

Nita m. lowey 21st Century Community Learning Center Grants Resources

Past Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Center Grants Recipients

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