During Spring of 2017, the Department of Education was awarded 21st Century Community Learning Center (21CCLC) grants to support the Community Schools strategy. Core structures in all Community Schools include a defined community partnership with a community-based organization (CBO), a dedicated Community School Director, shared leadership and accountability and enhanced data tracking to preemptively address challenges like absenteeism. Community Schools provide students with expanded learning opportunities, family engagement supports, and targeted programming through partnerships with community based organizations (CBOs). The 21CCLC grant supports school-CBO partnerships and afterschool and youth development for a targeted number of students in each school. Find a list of Community Schools funded through 21CCLC grants here.
To start the school year as a Community School funded by the 21CCLC grant, we have the following resources:
FAQs related to budgeting and program start-up
All 21st Century-funded Community Schools will be using Youth Services to document enrollment and attendance and the Office of Community Schools (OCS) will access attendance records directly through that system. It is the lead CBO’s responsibility to keep Youth Services up-to-date and accurate and we expect back-up record to be kept on site.