21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) - Cohort 12

  • The Delaware Department of Education is selecting subgrantees to administer 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) programs under the Federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act. 21st CCLC programs are designed to provide students with academic enrichment activities in order to help them become more successful in school. Programs may be developed at all grade levels to support elementary, middle and high school students. This is a competitive grant. $2,123,159 in funding for the learning centers will be awarded through a competitive process. Applicants will propose a program and budget based on the activities that are needed for the students. The initial grants, beginning on May 1, 2014, will be at least $50,000 annually for three to five years.

    Threshold Eligibility Requirements –
    The Delaware Department of Education manages statewide competitions and awards subgrants to eligible entities. For this program, “eligible entity” means a local educational agency, community-based organization, another public or private entity, or, ideally, a consortium of two or more of such agencies, organizations, or entities. States must give priority to applications that are jointly submitted by a local educational agency and a community-based organization or other public or private entity. Consistent with this definition of eligible entities, faith-based organizations are eligible to participate in the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program. Subgrant awards are for 21st CCLC programs for a period of 3 to 5 years. Subgrantees must primarily serve students who attend schools that are eligible as Title I schoolwide programs (40% or higher poverty level, based on the Expanded Poverty definition). Subgrantees must offer opportunities for families to actively and meaningfully engage in their children’s education. (A component of this may include family member and caregiver literacy programs.) Subgrantees are required to submit a "Sustainability Plan" describing how the community learning center will continue after 21st Century funding ends.

    Criteria for Evaluation of Applications
    Each grant was evaluated against the following criteria: Application Information and Abstract, Needs Assessment, Program Design and Work Plan, Project Administration, Collaboration and Partnerships, Evaluation Plan, and Budget.

    21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) - Cohort 12 Subgrant Rubric

    Successful Applicants, Their Applications, and Award Amounts (Please note that budget pages for these grants may be slightly modified to assure that all budget items are allowable and classified correctly. When this is completed, the grants will be updated with up-to-date budget pages.)

    • Delaware Academy for School Leadership (DASL) with J. Ralph McIlvaine Early Childhood Center, Nellie H. Stokes Elementary School, W. Reily Brown Elementary School, Caesar Rodney School District: $228,439 for early literacy skills, appropriate social skills, and positive academic experiences for students and families. Working with talented educators, students will be given opportunities to gain literacy and social skills during summer programming that will propel higher achievement and better school connectedness.
    • Delaware Futures with Bayard Middle School, Christina School District, Junior Achievement of Delaware, Inc., Grand Hank Productions, Inc., Alpha Phi Alpha, Inc., Back to Basics: $200,000 to expand the current college and career readiness model to include middle school youth in danger of academic failure.
    • Delaware Technical Community College with A. I. duPont Middle School, Stanton Middle School, Dickinson High School, McKean High School, Red Clay School District, Fraim Boys and Girls Club, State Office of Volunteerism Volunteer Delaware: $300,000 for Choice, Not Chance, an afterschool and summer program designed to support the Red Clay Consolidated School District's goal of improving standards. Programming is designed to increase academic performance and school connectedness among students and their parents.
    • East Dover Elementary School, Capital School District, with Boys and Girls Club of Delaware, Kent County Community School: $200,000 to target students who have been identified as at-risk. Students from the Kent County Community School and the District Intensive Learning Classrooms will also participate in the program to assist them with goals of increasing social interactions with peers of like ages. The program will incorporate homework help, as well as reading and math instruction to help students reach the state standard in these academic subject areas. In addition, social, fitness, health, and life skills will be emphasized, providing an opportunity for students to engage positively with caring adults at the school site.
    • H. O. Brittingham Elementary School, Cape Henlopen School District, with Clear Space Theater Company: $250,000 to provide a 22-week afterschool arts program and 2-week summer program to give economically disadvantaged and low-achieving students in grades 2-5 opportunities to develop their creativity and improve their fluency and comprehension through comprehensive, strategic instruction in the performing arts and literacy. The program will have three distinct components: a three-week summer "acceleration academy," a school-year after-school program, and a parent support/education program.
    • Milton Elementary School, Cape Henlopen School District, with Children and Families First of Delaware: $290,320 for FAME (Friends After School at Milton Elementary), an innovative, unique, and holistic approach to addressing the needs of all MES children, with emphasis on at-risk children. By utilizing this community collaboration, there is a focus on addressing concerns of low test scores, poor academic achievement, and disparity in student achievement. A critical aspect of the FAME afterschool program is our work to address the child within the family and community context by incorporating a family literacy component, as well as an evidence-based family skills/education model.
    • Rehoboth Elementary School, Cape Henlopen School District, with Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce: $265,600 to create an innovative, unique, and holistic program, entitled Rehoboth Empowers Dreams (RED), with an emphasis on college and career readiness. The RED program will be offered to all of the students in grades 3-5 at RES, with an emphasis on the targeted population of low-income students. The RED program will allow students to gain an understanding of local, community-based businesses and the academic skills required for this type of career. The RED afterschool program will provide enrichment activities with project-based outcomes. While partnering with the diverse local business experts, students will have an opportunity to engage in authentic, real-world career experiences.
    • Sussex Tech Adult Division, Sussex Technical School District, with Phillis Wheatley Elementary School, Woodbridge School District, Delaware State Housing Authority at Laverty Lane, Arsht Cannon Foundation: $163,800 to provide Hispanic students at Phillis Wheatley Elementary School with the opportunity to increase their academic skills in reading, health/nutrition related activities, and technology skills, as well as increase school connectedness of parents and increase capacity of students to become productive adults.
    • University of Delaware, 4-H Youth Development, with Shue Medill Middle School, Christina School District: $225,000 to develop and operate the 4-1-1 Afterschool and Summer program will extend the school efforts to address these goals by supporting a year round program providing academic support with enrichment activities. The 4-1-1 Afterschool and Summer Program will support youth academic, social and career development while engaging in high-interest 21st Century technology skill building. Family night events will showcase the student projects in Media Arts, Science, Robotics, Photography, Drama, Healthy Living and Videography.

    Contact information  

    21st CCLC State Program Officer                                                       
    John Hulse

    Education Associate, School Improvement
    Delaware Department of Education, 35 Commerce Way, Suite 1, Dover, DE 19904
    Telephone: (302) 857-3320

    21st CCLC Technical Assistance Coordinator
    Teresita Cuevas

    Center for Disabilities Studies, University of Delaware, 461 Wyoming Rd, Newark, DE 19716
    Telephone: (302) 831-2053

    21st CCLC Secretary
    Jennifer Roussell 
    Secretary, Supports and Improvement Resources
    Delaware Department of Education, 35 Commerce Way, Suite 1, Dover, DE 19904
    Telephone: (302) 857-3320