Hofmeister announces $3.1 million in new 21st Century Community Learning Center grants


OKLAHOMA CITY (Nov. 26, 2018) — The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) today announced more than $3.1 million in new 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) grants over a five-year period in Oklahoma. The 13 new recipients join four other cohorts of returning grantees for a total federally funded allocation of $11.8 million.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister praised grant recipients for their dedication to serving students beyond the school day.

“Congratulations to these schools and community partners working together to offer activities that keep students engaged beyond the school day,” Hofmeister said. “These programs build children’s academic confidence and help them develop skill sets that match their interests and could even lead to future careers.”

The 21st CCLC initiative provides learning opportunities and enrichment activities to complement school-day learning for students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. The grant funding helps students meet state and local academic performance standards, particularly in high-poverty areas and low-performing schools. Activities take place before and after school, on summer breaks and during school holidays.

Shawnee Public Schools, a new and returning grantee, is taking advantage of 21st CCLC grants to offer STEM and art programs after school to more than 500 students at its four elementary schools.

“We are incredibly grateful for the 21st Century Community Learning Center grants,” said Shawnee Superintendent April Grace. “Because of these grants, we and our community partners are able to provide extended learning opportunities and unique experiences that are not always possible during the school day. As a result of exposure to these opportunities, we have seen a tremendous impact on the social-emotional well-being of students. These programs are impacting students far beyond the academic benefits.”

In addition to reading, math and tutoring assistance, 21st CCLC programs offer enrichment activities including robotics, chess, debate, art, music, drama, science, college and career exploration, health and physical fitness. Literacy and other educational supports are also available to the families of students served.

Oklahoma received 35 grant applications for 21st CCLC this year. The 13 new grants give Oklahoma a total of 59 statewide grantees. The new grantees include:

  • Beggs Public Schools
  • Cleveland Public Schools
  • Fort Cobb - Broxton Public Schools
  • Idabel Public Schools
  • Lane Public Schools
  • Maryetta Public Schools
  • Newkirk Public Schools
  • Peavine Public Schools
  • Porter Consolidated Schools
  • Shawnee Public Schools
  • Tahlequah Public Schools
  • Tenkiller Public Schools
  • Tulsa Dream Center

Authorized under Title IV, Part B of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act, 21st CCLC provides annual awards through a competitive application process to both school districts and community-based organizations.

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PHOTOS: Elementary students create dancing popcorn experiments at a Shawnee Public Schools program made possible by 21st Century Community Learning Center grants.

21st Century Community Learning Center grants encourage the participation of families and community partners at Shawnee Public Schools.

Photos courtesy Shawnee Public Schools

Last updated on November 26, 2018