21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) program is authorized
by Title IV, Part B of the Elementary and
Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act
(ESSA) of 2015. The program provides opportunities
for communities to establish or expand activities that provide students
attending low performing schools with access to academic enrichment and other
activities that are specifically designed to reinforce and complement the
regular academic program to help students meet the challenging state academic
standards. The program provides families of participating students with active
and meaningful engagement in their children’s education as well as
opportunities for adult literacy.
Local Programs: In
Texas, the 21stCCLC program is called the Texas Afterschool Centers
on Education program, or Texas ACE.
Texas ACE programs aim to improve student attendance, behavior, and
academics, while providing safe supplemental learning space for students and families who
otherwise would not have such opportunities. These grant-funded programs
provide high quality supplemental enrichment activities that align with the
regular academic program; and programs are encouraged to deliver those
activities in creative, hands-on, and exploratory ways. TEA funds local Texas
ACE programs through a competitive peer-review process.
State Activities: TEA
monitors Texas ACE grantees for compliance with program and
statutory requirements, provides robust training and technical assistance, and develops
and manages program-related resources. TEA also conducts statewide evaluations
of the Texas ACE program, and all grantees are required to conduct
local program evaluations and make them available on local web sites. Results
from statewide program evaluations of Texas ACE have shown that
participants, when compared with non-participants had:
test scores in reading/English language arts and mathematics while in grades nine
disciplinary incidents while in grades six through twelve;
school day absences while in grades four through twelve; and
increased likelihood of grade promotion overall.
External Organizations: TEA is required under ESSA to prescreen
external organizations that could provide assistance with the implementation of
21st CCLC programs and make a list of prescreened external organizations
available to the entities participating in the 21st CCLC program. ESSA defines
an external organization as a nonprofit organization with a record of success
in running or working with before and afterschool (or summer recess) programs
and activities; or 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 with a record of success
to receive mentoring and guidance in running or working with before and
afterschool (or summer recess) programs and activities.
The prescreening process has no bearing on the awarding of any contracts with or funding from TEA or other state agencies. Subgrants awarded by TEA under 21st CCLC are not required to contract with organizations on the list. Listed organizations are not prohibited from entering contractual agreements with 21st CCLC or other federally-funded grantees or contractors. Completing an application or being listed as a prescreened organization will not result in funding from TEA. Inclusion of an organization on the list is not an endorsement of the organization, nor is it a certification or guarantee of the quality of service provided by the organization.
Grant Applications: To determine whether TEA is currently
accepting competitive grant applications, please visit the Applying for a Grant
webpage at https://tea.texas.gov/grants/
or the TEA Grant Opportunities Page at http://burleson.tea.state.tx.us/GrantOpportunities/forms/GrantProgramSearch.aspx
and use the drop down box to find current and past 21st CCLC competitions.
To sign up for agency list serves, including competitive
grant announcements, visit https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/TXTEA/subscriber/new.