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CATALOG OF FEDERAL DOMESTIC ASSISTANCE

84.287:  Twenty-First Century Community Learning Centers

Objectives:  To enable rural and inner city public elementary and secondary schools or consortia of such schools to plan, implement, or expand projects that benefit the educational, health, social service, cultural, and recreational needs of their community.

PROGRAM AND AWARD FINANCIAL AND INFORMATION CONTACTS
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FINANCIAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE INFO.
APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS INFORMATION CONTACTS
RELATED PROGRAMS ASSISTANCE CONSIDERATIONS
PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS


84.287 ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

Applicant Eligibility:  Rural and inner city public elementary and secondary schools or consortia of such schools.

Beneficiary Eligibility:  Residents of all ages within the communities served by the learning centers will benefit.

Credentials/Documentation:  None.

84.287 APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS:

Preapplication Coordination:  This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or the official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedure:  Procedures are described in an application notice published in the Federal Register if awards are to be made during that fiscal year. Contact the headquarters office listed below for application packages containing the announcement, application, and other forms.

Award Procedure:  Applications are reviewed and evaluated by outside experts and program staff annually, in accordance with the procedures set out in the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) 34 CFR 74, 75.

Deadlines:  Deadlines will be announced in application notices published in the Federal Register. Contact the headquarters office listed below for application deadlines.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time:  The approval time is about 2 to 4 months.

Appeals:  None.

Renewals:  None.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals:  The criteria for selecting proposals under this program include the extent of need for the project, quality of project design, management plan, project and evaluation plan, and adequacy of the resources. (See 34 CFR 75.210 for details.)

Examples of Funded Projects:  In Denver, CO an after-school, weekend and summer program for students, families and community members at three northwest Denver middle schools that serve largely Latino students and community members; Memphis City Schools in Tennessee established eight community learning centers servicing about 1,326 urban students to promote authentic problem solving, cooperative learning, and social development; Camp SUCCESS (Community Agencies, Mentors, Parents, and Students using Consortium Centers to Enjoy School Success) is an after-school and summer enrichment program in Huntsville, Alabama designed to provide services for families living in the Lakewood, Perry Heights, West Huntsville, Lincoln and Davis Hills school zones. Project Sano y Salvo (Safe and sound) in Tucson, Arizona serves about 1000 students in grades 6-8 who participate in 1) integrated drug and violence prevention activities; 2) academic tutoring; 3) enrichment programs in math, science, reading, writing and technology; 4) recreational activities; 5) summer school; 6) club activities; and 7) homework assistance. Watauga County Schools in Boone, NC's LEADERS program offers experiential entrepreneurial leadership development daily after school to meet the needs of 130 rural low-income Appalachian sixth-eighth graders who are at risk for academic failure. Community School District Five in Harlem, NY, has established Literacy Plus Centers at Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Academy and Henry Highland Garnet Intermediate School are developing a joint project to study Harlem neighborhood in the past, present, and future that will result in an artistic construction of Harlem and a film. The center provides much needed support services for about 500 African American and Latino students at-risk of educational failure. Students participate with their parents and teachers in: literacy and technology- based programs; integrated health, social services, and cultural programs; service learning and leadership development; parenting services and parent education. "Connections for Youth: A 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program" provides after-school and Saturday programs for 650 students in grades 4-8 who reside in the St. Louis Enterprise Community, the most impoverished region in the metropolitan area. The after-school programs offer academic acceleration, enrichment and recreation activities; and the Saturday academy focuses on science, math, and technology. La Familiar Community Learning Center is an after-school program designed to meet the academic, developmental, cultural and recreational needs of students of the Oakland Charter Academy in the heart of the San Antonio-Fruitvale neighborhoods of East Oakland, CA. The Center, which services 200 primarily Latino students, operates each weekday from 2:45 through 5:45 p.m. throughout the school year and offers two 6-week programs in the summer. The Lighthouse Project serves Bayfield, WI, a remote district with a geographic area of 250 square miles which encompass the Red Cliff Indian Reservation. A high percentage of the students have experienced low academic skills, absenteeism, conduct infractions, cultural and personal isolation, alcohol/drug use and are members of single parent families. One objective of the program is to connect skill competencies developed through education to vocations and the world of productive work.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:  Not applicable.

84.287 RELATED PROGRAMS:

None.

84.287 PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

In fiscal year 1999, 458 awards were made to districts; 1,601 centers were funded and about 400,000 students were served.

84.287 FINANCIAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE INFO:

Federal Agency:  OFFICE OF ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION, DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

Type of Assistance:  Project Grants.

Obligations:  (Grants) FY 99 $200,000,000; FY 00 est $453,377,000; and FY 00 est $1,000,000,000.

Budget Account Number:  91-1100-2-1-503.

Authorization:  Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, Title X, Part I, Section 10901, Public Law 103-382, 108 Stat. 3844, 20 U.S.C. 8241.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature:  The regulations applicable to this program are in the Education Department General Administrative Regulations, 34 CFR 74, 75, 77, 79, 80, 81, 82, 85, and 86.

84.287 INFO CONTACTS:

Regional or Local Office:  Not applicable.

Headquarters Office:  Department of Education, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, 400 Maryland Ave., SW., Washington, DC 20208-5524. Contact: Bob Stonehill. Phone: (202) 260-9737.

(See Appendix IV for more contact info.)

84.287 ASSISTANCE CONSIDERATIONS:

Formula and Matching Requirements:  None.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:  Awards are made annually. Following the initial, competitively selected award of up to 12 months, two additional 1-year, non-competing continuation awards may be made, for a total maximum term of 3 years.

Uses and Use Restrictions:  Projects funded under this program must be for the purpose of meeting the needs of the residents of rural and inner city communities, through the creation or expansion of community learning centers. Centers must include not less than four of the activities listed in Section 10905 of Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA). Priority will be given to those applications that provide expanded learning opportunities for children and youth in a safe and drug-free environmental and engage the support of citizens in those efforts.

84.287 POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:

Reports:  Annual progress and financial reports as required by EDGAR 34 CFR 75, unless otherwise required in the award document, are necessary.

Audits:  In accordance with the EDGAR, Appendix to 34 CFR 80, State and local governments that receive financial assistance of $100,000 or more within the State's fiscal year shall have an audit made for that year. State and local governments that receive between $25,000 and $100,000 within the State's fiscal year shall have an audit made in accordance with the Appendix to Part 80, or in accordance with Federal laws and regulations governing the programs in which they participate.

Records:  As required by the provisions in EDGAR for direct grant programs. Records related to grant funds, compliance, and performance must be maintained for a period of 5 years after completion, subject to the exceptions listed in EDGAR 34 CFR 74.

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