• 21st CCLC Cohort 18 Request for Proposal Announcement

    Delaware Department of Education
    Bid # 2020-01

    The Delaware Department of Education is issuing a request for proposal (RFP) to select 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. Funding for the learning centers will be awarded through a competitive process. Applications for these funds will be made available November 18, 2019. Applicants will propose a program and budget based on the activities that are needed for the students. The initial grants will be at least $50,000 annually for three to five years. The deadline for the application is Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 2 PM.

    Two identical voluntary pre-bid meetings have been scheduled for

    • December 9, 2019, 1:30 PM at the University of Delaware Center for Disabilities Studies; 461 Wyoming Rd, Room 132; Newark, DE 19716; and
    • December 10, 2019, 9:00 AM at the Delaware Department of Education Collette Education Resource Center Conference Room B; 35 Commerce Way, Ste 1; Dover, DE 19904.

    It is highly recommended that applicants attend one of these two identical meetings.

    The proposed schedule of events subject to the RFP is outlined below:

    Public Notice                                          Date: November 18, 2019
    Deadline for Questions                            Date: March 30, 2020
    Response to Questions posted by:            Date: April 6, 2020
    Deadline for Receipt of Proposals             Date: May 27, 2020 at 2 PM (Local Time)
    Estimated Notification of Award               Date: August 2020

    All requests, questions, or other communications about this RFP shall be made in writing to:

    Meaghan Brennan
    Education Associate, Financial Reporting and Contracting
    401 Federal Street, Ste. 2
    Dover, DE 19901
    Email: Meaghan.Brennan@doe.k12.de.us

    Cohort 18 Bid Solicitation

    Cohort 18 Materials:

    The 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) competitive subgrants support local schools and community-based organization partners that provide afterschool and summer learning programs to students attending high-poverty, low-performing schools.

    Programs support academic enrichment activities that can help students meet state and local achievement standards in core academic subjects, such as reading and math; a broad array of additional enrichment services designed to reinforce and complement the regular academic program, such as: drug and violence prevention, career and technical education, counseling, art, music, STEM, physical activity, and nutrition programs; and literacy and related educational development services to the families of children who are served in the program.

    The Delaware Department of Education manages statewide competitions and awards subgrants to eligible entities. For this program, "eligible entity" means a local education agency (LEA), 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 an LEA 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 for 21st CCLC programs are for a period of up 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 CCLC funding ends.