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Beth Thrift (SERVE Center) received new funding from the NC Department of Public Instruction for the project “21st Century Community Learning Centers 2021 Summer Mini Grant.”

The 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Program is authorized under Title IV, Part B, of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965 as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015. Beginning with grants initially funded in the 2017-2018 school year, 21st CCLC programs must comply with the provisions outlined in ESSA.

The U. S. Department of Education (USED) awards formula grants to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) which in turn makes competitive reimbursement grants available to eligible entities. Generally, a new competition is offered once every three years. Due to the emergency of the Coronavirus pandemic and extended public school closures, NCDPI will use older reverted grant funds to fund a 21st CCLC Competitive Summer Mini-Grant program to support students who have experienced significant disruptions to learning as identified by stagnant or declining academic progress during the 2020-2021 school year. The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) anticipates appropriating $4.8 million dollars ($4,800,000) from their USED Title IV, Part B allocation to fund the Competitive Summer Mini Grant Program for 2021.

The  SERVE Center at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (SERVE) will: 1) conduct the Level I application reviews of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) 2021 Summer Mini Grant, and 2) provide an end-of-grant 21st CCLC 2021 Summer Mini Grant Synthesis of grantee reports.

 
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