About Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21CCLC)
About the Program Model
The Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers is a U.S. Department of Education program, administered by the states, supporting out-of-school time learning opportunities for students in high-poverty, low-performing areas. The Iowa Department of Education administers 21CCLC funding in Iowa through grant competitions. 21CCLC programs focus on:
Helping students meet state and local standards in core academic subjects
Providing activities that complement learning from the school day
Offering literacy and educational services to the families of participating students
2020 by the
Paid & Unpaid Partnerships
Students Served School Year and Summer
Requested & Awarded
Average Request: $565,000 | Request Range: $337,500 – $896,000
with a disability
State = 13%
Of the 12,382 Students:
are categorized Limited English Proficient
State = 7%
average free or reduced price lunch rate
State = 42%
Iowa in 2020
Iowa in Past Years:
83% in 2018
68% in 2016
64% in 2014
Statewide Staff : Student Ratio**
All Other States
Average cost per student annually***
1:14 without volunteers
are certified teachers
Iowa received less federal funding for this program than the previous year. Several programs had substantial declines due to grants expiring and we do not track sustainability in this dataset.
Data is compiled using federal and state sources
* Based on attendance of 30 days or more over the school year.
** Indicates number from the previous year of reporting.
*** The Wallace Foundation recommends $1,200 per student. The Iowa 21CCLC average annual cost is only possible through community partnerships.