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Clarification Regarding Use of Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers Funds During Extended Learning Time

OSSE has received a number of inquiries regarding the use of 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) funds to support Extended Learning Time (ELT) programs. Please note that 21st CCLC funding may be used to conduct authorized activities before and after school, during the summer, during non‐school hours (or periods when school is not in session) and during ELT, or to provide services during a single learning period, such as during ELT only, based on the needs of the students served through the ELT.

ELT does not include the minimum of 180 regular instructional days that are at least six hours in length for students, including time allotted for and services implemented to meet District requirements pursuant to 5‐A DCMR § 2100.3.

Where there is an existing ELT program, 21st CCLC funds may only be used to supplement, and in no case supplant, local resources. If an applicant proposes to use 21st CCLC funding to support an existing ELT program, the applicant must clearly describe how 21st CCLC funding will be used to increase the size and/or scope of the existing program. Increased size and scope of services may include, but are not limited to, the number of sites served, site location changes, grades served, number of students and adults served, hours and days of services, and program curriculum changes that differ from the existing program. For more information regarding the requirement related to supplementing, but not supplanting funds, please see https://www2.ed.gov/programs/21stcclc/21stcclc-elt-faq.pdf.

If an applicant proposes to use 21st CCLC funds to support ELT services previously supported with non‐federal funds that are no longer available, the applicant must attach evidence that the program would not be implemented in the absence of a 21st CCLC award. Acceptable evidence includes documentation to confirm that, in the absence of 21st CCLC funds, the applicant would have eliminated staff or other services in question. Applicants should be mindful that if the entity currently offers ELT services for the 2017-18 school year, then 21st CCLC funds can only be used to expand the existing program and not to fund elements of the program for which nonfederal funds have already been reserved.

For more information or questions, please contact Tanisha L. Brown, Ed.D., Supervisory Education Policy & Compliance Specialist, Office of Special Populations & Programs, at [email protected] or (202) 741-4699.