Delaware Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers

  • Afterschool programs provide children and youth with safe, engaging places to try new activities, develop new skills, have fun, and learn.

    21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLCs) are federally funded, high quality afterschool and summer programs. They provide students with academic support, enrichment, and school engagement. They complement students' regular academic program.

    Federal funds support the development of high quality afterschool and summer programs through a competitive process that prioritizes high poverty areas. All 21st CCLCs must show a partnership between the target school(s) and at least one community- or faith-based organization.

    Delaware 21st CCLCs currently support afterschool and summer programs in over 30 elementary, middle, and high schools, serving approximately 3,000 students each year. The funded programs operate afterschool programs and summer programs.

  • Delaware 21st Century Community Learning Centers Goals

    • Increase school attendance and increase academic achievement of participating students in one or more academic areas
    • Increase school connectedness of participants, including families, caregivers, and school teachers and staff
    • Increase the capacity of participants to become productive adults

    Program Information

    21st CCLC programs provide a broad array of opportunities for students and their families including such things as:

    • Academic Supports: hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math, homework help, literacy activities, SAT preparation, tutoring, and more;
    • Career Exploration and College Access: college application support, college visits, internships, job shadowing, and more
    • Fine Arts: dance, music, theatre, visual arts, and more;
    • Health Promotion: counseling and mental health programs, healthy cooking, nutrition education, substance abuse prevention, and more;
    • Physical Activity: baseball, basketball, martial arts, soccer, swimming, yoga, and more;
    • Youth Development: community service, good decision-making, leadership development, mediation skills, social and emotional learning, violence prevention, and more; and
    • Family Engagement: adult education, family events, family literacy, and more.

    Schools with 21st CCLCs

    o   Cape Henlopen  o   Thomas Edison Charter School  o   Red Clay  
           o   Milton ES          o   A.I. du Pont HS 
      o   Freire Charter School Wilmington        o   A.I. du Pont MS 
    o   Capital           o   Highlands ES 
           o   Booker T Washington ES o   Great Oaks Charter School        o   Richey ES 
           o   Central MS           o   Shortlidge Academy
           o   East Dover ES  o   Kuumba Academy Charter School
           o   William Henry MS    o   Seaford 
      o   Laurel        o   Blades ES 
    o   Charter School of New Castle        o   North Laurel Learning         o   Frederick Douglass ES 
                  Academy        o   Seaford Central ES 
    o   Christina          o   Laurel ES         o   Seaford MS 
           o   Stubbs Early Education         o   Laurel MS         o   West Seaford ES 
                and Dual Generation Ctr  
           o   The Bancroft School  o   Milford  o   Woodbridge 
           o   Glasgow HS         o   Milford Central Academy        o   Phillis Wheatley ES 
             o   Milford HS         o   Woodbridge MS 
    o   Colonial    
           o   Castle Hills ES     
           o   Eisenberg ES     

    2021 - 2022 Delaware 21st CCLC Programs

    DE 21st CCLC 2021-2022 Calendar Cohorts 15 16 17

    DE 21st CCLC 2021-2022 Calendar Cohort 18

    Delaware 21st CCLC List of Prescreened External Organizations

    The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires state education agencies to provide a list of prescreened external organizationsthat have knowledge and expertise necessary to assist with implementing activities of 21st CCLC programs. An "external organization" is defined as “a nonprofit organization with a record of success in running or working with before or after school (or summer recess) programs and activities.” DDOE will maintain the Delaware 21st CCLC List of Prescreened External Organizations for those organizations that meet the criteria and have completed the Delaware 21st CCLC Nonprofit External Organization Profile Form. Please note: The “Delaware 21st CCLC List of Prescreened External Organizations” will be posted for informational purposes only for any 21st CCLC grant applicant to view and utilize at their own discretion. 21st CCLCs are not required to partner specifically with any external organizations that are on the “Delaware 21st CCLC List of Prescreened External Organizations.”

    Federal Statutes and Guidance

    The 21st Century Community Learning Center initiative was established by Title IV, Part B - Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended. See also the 21st CCLC Non-Regulatory Guidance. Additional federal guidance is available on various topics including:


    A commitment to evaluation at both the state and local levels is central to the Delaware's 21st Century Community Learning Center initiative. Please see the full evaluation report for more information.

    Request for Proposal - Cohort 20 Information


    Delaware Afterschool Network

    Delaware’s 21st CCLC program collaborates and partners with the Delaware Afterschool Network (DEAN), part of the 50 State Afterschool Network. For more information, contact Regina Sidney-Brown, DEAN Director; c/o United Way of Delaware; 625 N. Orange St, 3rd Floor, Wilmington, DE 19801; 302-573-3743;

    Resources for Current 21st CCLC Programs


    21st CCLC State Coordinator

    Education Associate, 21st CCLC and Title I Programs
    Delaware Department of Education
    35 Commerce Way, Suite 1
    Dover, DE  19904
    Telephone: (302) 735-4100

    21st CCLC Technical Assistance Coordinator

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

    21st CCLC Support

    Secretary, School Support Service
    Delaware Department of Education
    35 Commerce Way, Suite 1
    Dover, DE  19904
    Telephone: (302) 857-3374
Last Modified on February 21, 2022