The Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program ( supports the creation of community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools. The program helps students meet state and local student standards in core academic subjects, such as reading and math; offers students a broad array of enrichment activities that can complement their regular academic programs; and offers literacy and other educational services to the families of participating children.

Acronyms commonly used by the 21st CCLC Program and the U.S. Department of Education.

The You for Youth ( online professional learning community helps State and local 21st CCLC program staff and their stakeholders connect with one another and share best practices. The site provides instructional and professional development resources in (1) supporting positive relationships with children and youth, (2) providing professional development and technical assistance opportunities, (3) creating partnerships, (4) managing a 21st CCLC program, and (5) leading program staff. The site includes hundreds of searchable webinars, tools and resources, including the Afterschool Training Toolkit to create positive experiences for all children in 21st CCLC programs.

Legislation, Regulations, and Guidance


Program Authority: Title IV, Part B of the ESEA, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)(20 U.S.C. 7171-7176).

The authorizing legislation can be found at (see pages 233 through 244 of the legislation).

The ESSA was signed by President Obama on December 10, 2015, and represents good news for our nation’s schools. This bipartisan measure reauthorizes the 50-year-old Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the nation’s national education law and longstanding commitment to equal opportunity for all students. Please visit the ESSA website at for more information.


Final regulations to implement Executive branch policy that, within the framework of constitutional church-state guidelines, religiously affiliated (or "faith-based") organizations should be able to compete on an equal footing with other organizations for funding by the U.S. Department of Education are available.

Uniform Grant Guidance 

Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.

It was published in the Federal Register (79 Fed. Reg. 75871) on December 19, 2014, and became effective for new and continuation awards issued on or after December 26, 2014. Please note the new regulations do not affect grant funds awarded prior to December 26, 2014, unless funds made available under those grants are carried forward into a new Federal fiscal year or a continuation grant.

If you have questions about ED's implementation and training efforts related to the Uniform Guidance, please email them to

Please check periodically for updates.

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