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 21st CCLC 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 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.
whether TEA is currently accepting competitive grant applications, please visit
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.
Sign up for
agency list serves, including competitive grant announcements, visit https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/TXTEA/subscriber/new.