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Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant Program
Summer Symposium


The U.S. Department of Education (ED) is pleased to announce the Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) Grant Program 2020 Summer Symposium. The 21st CCLC Summer Symposium is a three-day event focused on providing State Education Agencies (SEAs) and their grantees with relevant plenary sessions and workshops that familiarize 21st CCLC grant recipients with successful strategies in implementing and managing all components of the program. Grantees who participate in the Summer Symposium will be provided with virtual networking opportunities to get to know other grantees and SEA representatives from their state and beyond. These interactions help grantees gain valuable perspectives on afterschool issues and on the growth and development of the 21st CCLC program. It also offers an opportunity for the Department to provide important updates regarding the 21st CCLC program. The Symposium’s sessions are a combination of large group presentations with nationally recognized speakers and smaller interactive workshops where attendees have the chance to work closely with education experts.

The ED and the 21st CCLC Grant Program Team are sensitive to the unique challenges and decisions 21st CCLC programs face in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. We understand that state and local education agencies are experiencing increased workloads as they address the situation and adapt to changing realities at home.

Given these circumstances, and to decrease risk to 21st CCLC stakeholders, ED is transitioning the 2020 Summer Symposium to a virtual event. We are revising the Symposium agenda and structure to ensure that the plenary and breakout sessions maintain the important and robust interactions with your peers that you’ve come to depend on.

The virtual Summer Symposium will take place on July 14-16. While we are not making the conference times any longer, an additional day, July 14, has been added to the original dates of July 15-16 to allow for flexibility in schedules and participation. The schedule will accommodate adult learning styles, include breaks, and will account for different time zones by starting later in the day in the Eastern time zone. An updated agenda, event registration, and other logistical information will be posted to the in the coming weeks. We encourage you to check this site regularly.

For resources and information on ED’s response to the pandemic, see COVID-19 (“ Coronavirus”) Information and Resources for Schools and School Personnel.

Presentations and Videos from Past Years

Copies of presentations and videos from past Summer Institutes/Symposia are available on the You for Youth portal. To access them, go to