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Title: 21st Century Community Learning Centers 101


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21st Century Community Learning Centers 101
  • Presented by
  • Dorothy Hershey, Pennsylvania Department of
    Education
  • Shileste Morris, Center for Schools and
    Communities
  • Faith Goldstein, Pennsylvania Service-Learning
    Alliance

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PDE MISSION STATEMENT
  • The mission of the Pennsylvania Department of
    Education is to lead and serve the educational
    community to enable each individual to grow into
    an inspired, productive, fulfilled lifelong
    learner.

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Commitment to Improving Education by Governor Ed
Rendell
  • Increase in Subsidy
  • 78,000,000 Proposed for Tutoring
  • Early Childhood and High School Reform
  • Proposed 250,000,000 for Accountability Block
    Grants
  • Quality Pre-Kindergarten Programs/Quality
    Full-day Kindergarten Programs
  • Social and Health Services
  • Tutoring Assistance
  • Academic Performance of Subgroups
  • Science and Applied Knowledge (e.g. Information
    Technology)
  • Professional Education
  • Literacy and Math Coaching
  • Incentives for Certified Teachers
  • Research-Based Improvement Strategies
    (District-Specific)

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BUREAU OF COMMUNITY AND STUDENT SERVICES
  • Migrant Education
  • Pregnant and Parenting Teens
  • Private Residential Rehabilitation
    Institutions
  • Refugee children
  • Safe Drug Free Schools
  • Safe Schools
  • Services to Non-Public Schools
  • State Board of Private Academic Programs
  • Successful Student Partnerships
  • Textbooks/Supplies for Non-Public Schools
  • Truancy
  • Tutoring
  • Unsafe School Choice Option
  • 21st Century Community Learning Centers
  • Alternative Education
  • Character Education
  • Charter Schools
  • Commonwealth Student Assistance Program
  • Community Collaboration Advisory Committee
  • Community Service Grant Program
  • Correctional Education
  • Crisis Response/Homeland Security
  • Dropout Prevention
  • ELECT Programs
  • Homeless Education
  • Learn Serve America

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  • Building Community-School Partnerships for
    Student Success
  • Pennsylvania Department of Education
  • Division of Student and Safe School Services

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Purpose
  • The primary purpose of the 21CCLC program is to
    assist schools and community partners to develop
    and implement comprehensive extended learning
    opportunities for children in grades pre K-12 as
    a means of increasing academic achievement and
    building resiliency.

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History
  • 1998-2001 U.S. Department of Education provided
    21CCLC funding to Local Education Agencies (LEAs)
    and community programs, on a competitive basis.
  • 2002 Reauthorization under the No Child Left
    Behind Act. Greater focus on working with low
    income populations. Transition to state
    administration of 21CCLC grants. Nonprofit and
    community organizations now eligible for awards
  • 2006 Pennsylvania currently has three 21CCLC
    cohorts, totaling 107 grantees

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Target Population
  • The intent of 21CCLC is to provide services to
  • 1. Students who primarily attend ---
  • a.  schools eligible for school wide programs
    under section 1114 of the law, or
  • b.  schools that serve a high percentage of
    students from low-income families and
  • 2.  The families of students described in item 1
    above.

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Eligible Participants
  • Public and private/non-public school students,
    both boys and girls, pre-kindergarten through
    twelfth grade.
  • Programs should target the ages/grades deemed to
    be at greatest risk. Adult family members of
    students participating in the community-learning
    center may also be served through activities that
    are appropriate for adults.

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Integration of Services
  • Programs are highly encouraged to integrate with
    existing federal and state education initiatives
    operating in local schools such as
  • Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities
  • Title I funded services
  • Homeless Childrens Initiative
  • Student Assistance Program

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Parental and Community Involvement
  • Programs are highly encouraged to develop
    collaboration between diverse school and
    community groups, organizations and agencies.
  • Parental involvement is an important focus of
    21CCLC. Communication with families should be
    frequent and accessible.
  • Volunteers, such as community members and college
    students, are of great asset to programs

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Center Operation
  • Centers should be located at the school or
    alternative site that is available and
    accessible.
  • The Center must have
  • Appropriate equipment
  • Adequate security
  • A clear strategy for the safe transport of
    students to and from the Center and home
  • Accommodations for participants with special
    needs
  • Site emergency readiness plans

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Effective Center Policies
  • Handbooks for staff and participating families
    that detail policies, procedures and goals of the
    after school program
  • Regular staff meetings and professional
    development opportunities for staff, specific to
    after school programming
  • Frequent communication between school-day
    teachers and after school teachers regarding
    academic goals and student performance
  • Regular communication with parents and families
  • Parental involvement activities such as open
    houses

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Important Components
  • 21CCLC programs are required to provide
  • Academic enrichment, using innovative teaching
    methods to connect school-day and after
    school-day activities (beyond homework help)
  • Resiliency building opportunities personal
    skills development

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Important Components
  • 21CCLC programs are strongly encouraged to
    provide
  • Relationship building activities
  • Creative and recreational activities
  • Parental involvement activities

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Other Suggested Activities
  • Entrepreneurial education
  • Service-learning as a teaching methodology
  • Integration of science and technology into
    academic programming
  • Cultural enrichment activities
  • Expanded library service hours
  • Family literacy instruction
  • Assistance to students who have been truant,
    suspended or expelled
  • Extra learning opportunities        

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Performance Measures
  • Programs must meet the following measures
  • Participants in 21st Century programs will
    demonstrate educational and social benefits and
    exhibit positive behavioral changes.
  • Increasing percentages of students regularly
    participating in the program will meet or exceed
    state and local academic achievement standards in
    reading and math.
  • Students participating in the program will show
    improvement in the performance measures of school
    attendance, classroom performance and reduced
    disciplinary referrals.

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Evaluation
  • A local level evaluation (internal or external,
    qualitative and quantitative) must be
    established. Information collected should be
    used for continuous program improvement
  • Staff and volunteers should be evaluated on a
    regular basis, and given clear feedback for
    continuous performance improvement

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PA Program Reporting Requirements
  • Program Profile and Program Information forms,
    due within one month of contract execution and at
    the beginning of each subsequent year
  • Monitoring Forms, as required by the US and the
    Pennsylvania Departments of Education
  • Other Reports as required.

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Federal Reporting Requirements
  • All grantees must complete an online Annual
    Progress Report (APR) using the PPICS system from
    Learning Point. Information to provide includes
  • Grantee profile and site information (for
    multiple sites)
  • Community partners
  • Student attendance
  • Student PSSA scores
  • Teacher Survey

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Release Forms
  • All non-school 21st CCLC grantees must develop
    and utilize a written release form to secure
    parental permission to gain performance reporting
    data from the school records of program
    participants.
  • The release form should include specific language
    indicating exactly to which records parents are
    granting access.

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Monitoring Visits
  • Monitoring visits are performed with each grantee
    one time during the three year funding period
  • Monitors meet with program staff, teachers,
    community partners, evaluators, families, and
    students
  • The goal is to support grantees in successfully
    following their contract and meeting 21CCLC
    requirements

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Required Grantee Meetings
  • One annual State-wide Pennsylvania Department of
    Education meeting for 21CCLC grantees
  • Two approved national conferences that focus on
    after school programming, attended by two staff
    members

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Community Advisory Board
  • A required component of 21CCLC programs in
    Pennsylvania
  • Members aid in the grantees sustainability,
    offer advice and deliver services
  • Board should be representative of the target
    population being served, including members from
    the local community and the for profit sector
  • Parent and student participation is required
  • At least two (2) meetings per year are required
    meeting at least quarterly is highly suggested

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Sustainability
  • 21CCLC funds are limited
  • Programs are highly encouraged to focus on
    sustainability activities (grant writing,
    community collaborations, etc.) throughout their
    grant in order to ensure program continuation
    beyond the three year funding cycle

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State-Wide Technical Assistance and Training
(STAT) Center
  • This collaborative effort, funded by the
    Pennsylvania Department of Education, is a joint
    venture between the Center for Schools and
    Communities and the Pennsylvania Service-Learning
    Alliance.
  • The mission is to provide expert training and
    technical assistance to Pennsylvanias 21st CCLC
    grantees by offering information and resources to
    ensure effective high quality programs.

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STAT Center Resources
  • Professional Development and Training
  • Policy and Advocacy Support
  • Monitoring and Site Visits
  • Professional Development Teleconferences
  • Comprehensive Website and Message Board
  • Newsletters
  • Network Meetings

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State-Wide Advisory Board
  • The PA 21CCLC Advisory Board is comprised of
    educators, program directors, community leaders,
    and after school advocates
  • The mission of the Advisory Board is to support,
    advance and advocate for the 21st Century
    Community Learning Centers, their participants,
    their families and their communities in promoting
    academic achievement, youth development and a
    strong sense of community.

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Web Resources
  • Pennsylvania Department of Education 21CCLC
    Program
  • www.pde.state.pa.us/21stcclc
  • Pennsylvania Service-Learning Alliance 21CCLC
    Support
  • http//21cclc.paservicelearning.org/
  • Center for Schools and Communities 21CCLC
    Support
  • http//www.center-school.org/
  • U.S. Department of Education
  • http//www.ed.gov/programs/21stcclc/
  • Charles Steward Mott Foundation After School
    Programs
  • http//www.mott.org/21/about.asp
  • Afterschool Alliance
  • http//www.afterschoolalliance.org/
  • Coalition of Community Schools
  • http//www.communityschools.org/
  • Information on the context of after school
    funding, and purpose

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21st Century Community Learning Centers
  • Building Community-School Partnerships for
    Student Success
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