Extended Learning & Afterschool Programs
The department administers funding for two different extended learning programs: 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLCs) and Lottery for Education Afterschool Programs (LEAPS) both with the goal of enhancing academic opportunities for students. Organizations can apply for funds according to the details provided below.
In addition to school districts, community-based organizations, faith-based groups and other public or private organizations can apply for funding for afterschool programs through the 21st Century Community Learning Centers.
These organizations must collaborate with the school(s) of the students to be served.
- Grants will be awarded to programs that will primarily serve students who attend schools with a high concentration of low-income students.
- Competitive priority will be given to proposals to serve students attending schools that have been identified for improvement.
- Services may be provided for adult family members of participating students only.
Public and not-for-profit organizations that provide, or propose to provide, afterschool educational programs within Tennessee may apply for these funds.
Organizations that have not previously received grants from— or provided contractual services on behalf of— the State of Tennessee will be required to verify their ability to administer grant programs before being considered for funding.
Projects must provide academic enrichment activities designed to help students meet state and local standards and must be based on rigorous scientific research.
Programs must be established in elementary or secondary schools or in any other location that is at least as available and accessible as the school.
Programs must establish a plan for safely transporting students to and from the center and home.
- Remedial education
- Academic enrichment
- Math & Science activities
- Arts & Music activities
- Limited English Proficient classes
- Tutoring & Mentoring programs
- Assistance to students who have been truant, suspended or expelled
- Recreational activities
- Technology programs & telecommunications
- Expanded library hours
- Parent involvement & family literacy activities
- Drug & Violence Prevention
- Counseling programs
- Character Education
- Entrepreneurial education
All funded 21st CCLC sites will be expected to participate in a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of attendance, academic achievement and disciplinary information on students served. In addition, all sites will be expected to submit the Annual Performance Report for 21st Century Community Learning Centers developed by the U.S. Department of Education.
The overall goal of Lottery for Education: Afterschool Programs (LEAPs) is to provide Tennessee students with academic enrichment opportunities that reinforce and complement the regular academic program.
In November 2002, Tennesseans voted to create a state lottery. The General Assembly established that profits from the lottery go toward specific educational programs: college scholarships, early childhood programs and afterschool programs.
As provided under TCA 49-6-702, 100 percent of monies constituting an unclaimed prize shall be deposited into an afterschool account for the purpose of administering a system of competitive grants and technical assistance for eligible organizations providing afterschool educational programs within Tennessee.
Public and Not-for-Profit Organizations that provide, or propose to provide, afterschool educational programs within Tennessee may apply for these funds.
Organizations that have not previously received grants from – or provided contractual services on behalf of – the State of Tennessee will be required to verify their ability to administer grant programs before being considered for funding.
- Youth 5-18 years old and enrolled in elementary or secondary school;
- 50 percent of students enrolled must also meet one of the following criteria:
- qualify for free/reduced lunch;
- be at risk of educational disadvantage and failure due to circumstances of abuse, neglect or disability;
- be at risk of state custody due to family dysfunction;
- be enrolled in and attending a public school failing to make adequate yearly progress (AYP);
- be attending a public school, including a public charter school, instead of a public school failing to make AYP as a result of parent choice; or
- be at risk of failing one or more subjects or are behind grade level by at least one year
However, preference shall be given to programs that maintain an enrollment of children of which at least 80 percent of the students enrolled meet one of the criteria above.
Programs established must be designed to reinforce and complement the regular academic program of participating students. All activities must be educationally based. Such programs must include:
- Services to students on an average of 15 hrs. per week;
- Reading skills development and enhancement;
- Math or science skills development and enhancement;
- Computer literacy and skills development;
- Academic mentoring or tutorial assistance; and
- Sports or leisure opportunities.
2020 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant Competition
The fiscal year 2020 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) grant competition is now closed. The application package and the technical assistance workshop presentation are linked below. The application was completed online through the department’s ePlan grants management system by March 29, 2019, 11:59 pm central time; paper applications will no longer be accepted.
The Tennessee Department of Education, extended learning programs hosted a technical assistance webinar on how to apply for the FY 2020 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant, February 11, 2019 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. central time.
Questions about the application and webinar should be sent to Extended.Learning@tn.gov.