21st Century Community Learning Center Grants

Information for Educators

What is a 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant?

A 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) Grant is a competitive federal grant administered by the Ohio Department of Education to provide before- and after-school programming.  These five-year grants award up to $850,000 per cycle for each grant.

The main goal of a 21st Century program is to serve students who attend high-poverty schools, their families and their communities.  These programs nurture student growth by providing a safe place before and after school where students may get academic assistance, build healthy relationships and obtain life skills. The program's staff members serve as family partners by helping students complete homework, providing academic enrichment, working with school staff and offering programs and activities that build the family unit.  These programs help students meet state and local standards in core academic subjects, particularly reading and math.

MVESC has been involved in 21st Century programming since 2003 and currently serves programs in the Logan-Hocking, New Lexington, Northern and Ridgewood school districts.

Once a district receives a grant, Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center (MVESC) provides the following quality services for schools:

Staffing Services

Muskingum Valley ESC will hire 21st CCLC employees using the ESC’s current pay scale.  This may be more cost effective for districts and employees and is not part of the district’s local education authority’s negotiated agreement.  Contracts, timesheets, payment and staff paperwork will be handled through MVESC.  These employees could include full- or part-time site coordinators, licensed teachers and licensed paraprofessionals.  The district’s personnel can be involved in any or all of the hiring process, including interviews and selection of staff.

Supervision Services

A program supervisor will work directly with the site coordinator to ensure the 21st Century Community Learning Center is implemented according to the contents of the grant. An extensive list of the program supervisor's duties is available upon request.

Professional Development Services

An entry-year site coordinator program is available for first-year coordinators. The year-long program focuses on topics specific to the duties of a 21st Century coordinator. The professional development program also gives coordinators from other 21st CCLC programs a time to collaborate with their peers.

Data Services

Muskingum Valley ESC is currently developing a data management system for 21st CCLC programs that will track attendance and other required data.

For more information regarding 21st CCLC grants and services, please contact Bobbi Holcombe, 21st Century Program Supervisor, at 740-342-3502.