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The Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant 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.

Legislation, Regulations, and Guidance


The Every Student Succeeds Act (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.

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 following portions of EDGAR apply to the 21st CCLC program:  34 C.F.R. Part 76-State-Administered programs; 34 C.F.R. Part 77-Definitions that Apply to Department Regulations; 34 C.F.R. Part 82-New Restrictions on Lobbying; 34 C.F.R. Part 85-Governmentwide Debarment and Suspension (Non-procurement) and Governmentwide Requirements for Drug-Free Workplace (Grants); and 34 C.F.R. Part 99-Family Educational Rights and Privacy.

The Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (commonly called “Uniform Guidance”) was adopted by the Department in December 2014, 2 CFR Part 3474, and provides a government-wide framework for grants management and sets an authoritative set of rules and requirements for Federal awards that synthesizes and supersedes guidance from earlier OMB circulars.   The Uniform Guidance addresses such issues as time and effort certifications, indirect cost reimbursement, timely obligation of funds and carryover, financial management rules, program income, record retention, property/equipment/supplies inventory controls, procurement, monitoring, conflicts, travel policies, and allowable costs.

Non-Regulatory Guidance

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