Title IV, Part B - 21st Century Community Learning Centers


The 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Program sets out to establish or expand community learning centers that provide students with academic enrichment opportunities along with activities designed to complement the students’ regular academic program. Community learning centers must also offer families of these students’ literacy and related educational development. Centers – which can be located in public elementary or secondary schools or other similarly accessible facilities – provide a range of high-quality services to support student learning and development, including tutoring and mentoring, homework help, academic enrichment (such as hands-on science or technology programs), and community service opportunities, as well as music, arts, sports and cultural activities. Centers must provide academic enrichment activities to students that attend high-poverty or Title I schoolwide schools to help them meet state and local standards in core subjects especially reading, and mathematics. At the same time, centers help working parents by providing a safe environment for students when school is not in session.

Eligible applicants are those who primarily serve students and the families of students of high poverty schools or schools that are eligible for schoolwide Title I programs. A 21st CCLC program must be implemented by a local education agency, community-based organization, another public or private entity, or a consortium of two or more agencies, organizations, or entities. The eligible entity will provide assurance that the proposed program was developed, and will be carried out, in active collaboration with the schools the students attend. The 21st CCLC program must be located in a public school facility or in a facility that is at least as available and accessible to students as if the program were located in a public elementary, middle, or secondary school.

Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the statutory program requirements of serving students from schools eligible for schoolwide Title I programs, or schools with 40% or greater poverty based on free and reduced lunch status, as determined by using verified information.


Program Overview

Program Overview

  1. Program curriculum must be comprised of at least 65% STEM/STEAM, academic, reading, literacy, etc.
  2. Programs must operate a minimum of seven hours per week, unless extenuating circumstances arise, such as inclement weather.
  3. Students must attend 30 days or more for funding purposes, excluding summer programming. A student must sign into the program to count as one day of attendance.
  4. Each program must have a monitoring report that is reviewed with staff. An outlined procedure must exist for each item in the report.


Each eligible entity that receives an award may use the award funds to carry out a broad array of activities that advance student academic achievement and support student success including:

  1. Academic enrichment learning programs, mentoring programs, remedial education activities, and tutoring services, that are aligned with the challenging State academic standards and any local academic standards; and local curricula that are designed to improve student academic achievement;
  2. Well-rounded education activities, including such activities that enable students to be eligible for credit recovery or attainment;
  3. Literacy education programs, including financial literacy programs and environmental literacy programs;
  4. Programs that support a healthy and active lifestyle, including nutritional education and regular, and physical activity programs;
  5. Services for individuals with disabilities;
  6. Programs that provide after-school activities for students who are English learners that emphasize language skills and academic achievement;
  7. Cultural programs;
  8. Telecommunications and technology education programs;
  9. Expanded library service hours;
  10. Parenting skills programs that promote parental involvement and family literacy;
  11. Programs that provide assistance to students who have been truant, suspended, or expelled to allow the students to improve their academic achievement;
  12. Drug and violence prevention programs and counseling programs;
  13.  Programs that build skills in science, technology, engineering,  and mathematics (referred to in this paragraph as ‘STEM’), including computer science, and that foster innovation in learning by supporting nontraditional STEM education teaching methods; programs are encouraged to include the arts to expand STEM as referred to as STEAM; and
  14. That partner with in-demand fields of the local workforce or build career competencies and career readiness and ensure that local workforce and career readiness skills are aligned with the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (20 U.S.C. 2301 et seq.) and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (29 U.S.C. 3101 et seq.).
  15. Applicants may also include a variety of other activities for children and community members, such as recreation; musical and artistic activities;
  16. Health and nutrition programs;
  17. Parent education classes;
  18. GED preparation;
  19. Adult literacy courses;
  20. Opportunities to use advanced technology, particularly for those who do not have access to computers or telecommunications at home.
  21. Programming must be a minimum of seven hours per week including those programs operating during the summer months; and at least 65 percent of all programming must be in the core academic areas of reading, mathematics, technology, and science. Credit recovery programs do not qualify for the use of these funds. 


Programs must ensure that all expenses are:

  • Necessary, reasonable, and allocable.
  • Adequately documented.
Waiver to Provide Flexible Service Hours

On October 29, 2020, the NDDPI received approval from USED to waive, for the 2020-2021 school year, the requirement in section 4201 (b)(1)(a) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 that restricts activities provided by 21st CCLC programs to occur only during non-school hours (such as before and after school or during summer recess). This provides local programs more flexibility to meet community needs related to COVID-19 by allowing for the use of 21st CCLC funds to support programming during normal school day hours.

North Dakota 21st CCLC Programs interested in applying for this waiver are required to complete an application and submit it to Becky Eberhardt, 21st CCLC Program Administrator. Programs my submit completed applications any time through December 31, 2020. Programs are encouraged to reach out to Becky Eberhardt at (701) 328-2295 to receive the official application form via email.

21st CCLC Programs

The North Dakota 21st CCLC program has 11 sub-grantees with over 100 sites.

Program Contact Person
Dickinson Public School District (701) 483-7700
Grand Forks Public School District (701) 215-8041
Great Northwest Education Cooperative (701) 651-7913
Minot Public School District (701) 857-8780
Central Regional Education Agency (701) 751-4041
North Central Education Cooperative (701) 228-2090
Northeast Education Service Cooperative (888) 701-6372
North Valley Career and Tech Center (701) 352-3705
Southeast Education Cooperative (701) 446-3173
West Fargo Public School District (701) 449-1609
Circle of Nations School (701) 672-7244

The NDDPI is responsible for the administration and supervision of programs funded under 21st CCLC. The purpose of the monitoring report is to provide summary information on the use of the funds granted to improve educational services. The state 21st CCLC director uses the 21st CCLC Monitoring Report to check program compliance.

21st CCLC Monitoring Schedule
City Sub-grantee Monitoring Year
Bismarck Central Regional Education Agency ESP 2021
Bottineau North Central Education Cooperative 2020
Devils Lake Northeast Education Service Cooperative 2020
Dickinson Regional After School Program 2020
Fargo Southeast Education Cooperative 2021
Grafton North Valley Career and Tech Center 2021
Grand Forks Grand Forks Public School District 2021
Minot Minot Public School District 2020
West Fargo West Fargo Public School District 2021
Williston Great Northwest Education Cooperative 2021
Approved 21st CCLC External Providers

The NDDPI is required, under ESSA, to provide a list of pre-screened external organizations. The term "external organization" is defined by ESSA as: 

  1. A nonprofit organization with a record of success in running or working with before and after school (or summer recess) programs and activities; OR
  2. In the case of a community where there is no such organization, a nonprofit organization in the community that enters into a written agreement or partnership with an organization described in the above subparagraph to receive mentoring and guidance in running or working with before and after school (or summer recess) programs and activities (ESSA, section 4201).


Organization City/Town
Anamoose Elementary Anamoose
Dakota Learning Systems Grafton
Dakota Science Center Grand Forks
Gateway to Science Center Bismarck
ND After School Network Fargo
Northeastern Education Services Cooperative Devils Lake