After-School and Summer Programs

Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers

The Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program has been funding high quality after-school and summer learning programs since 1998. Poverty, opportunity gaps, and unmet academic need drive the program’s purpose. Vermont's 21st CCLC program supports students' learning and interests through diverse and engaging programming using multiple approaches and curricula. Programs are delivered through schools and community partnerships for grades K-12. Annually, approximately 12,100 youth and 5,700 regular attendees are served in 101 high needs communities across the state. Programs are expected to complement, but not duplicate the school day. Annual or semi-annual grant competitions are held to support this vision.

21st CCLC Guidance and COVID-19

Please visit the COVID-19 Guidance for Vermont Schools webpage for a complete list of AOE guidance related to COVID-19.

FY21 Planning Guidance for the Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers Programs

The Vermont Agency of Education (AOE) submitted a waiver request from the USDOE with regard to flexible use of 21st CCLC funds. The waiver permits 21st Century Community Learning Center funded programs, consistent with existing state guidance to provide supplemental activities to students who are not receiving instruction when school is in session. All other requirements for a 21st CCLC program continues to apply.

21st CCLC Grant Competition

    The 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) Grant Application for the purpose of providing high-quality afterschool and summer learning opportunities is CURRENTLY CLOSED. Resources from the most recent competition are below.

    For reference only:

    General Grantee Information & Requirements

    Financial Information

    Additional Resources



    Email Emanuel Betz, 21st CCLC State Coordinator, or call (802) 828-6977.

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