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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:

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Academic Support

Helping students meet state and local standards in core academic subjects

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Academic Enrichment

Providing activities that complement learning from the school day

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Parent Engagement 

Offering literacy and educational services to the families of participating students

2022 by the 


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42   Grants



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Paid & Unpaid Partnerships

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Students Served School Year and Summer

Of the 9,861 Students:

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Iowa in Past Years:

47% in 2020

83% in 2018

68% in 2016

64% in 2014

Statewide Staff : Student Ratio**

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21CCLC Map

Iowa received less federal funding for this program than the previous year. Several programs had substantial declines due to grants expiring and the pandemic 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 over the school year
APR does not track regular attendance. 

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About 21CCLC Infographic PDF

State Evaluations of Afterschool Programs

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The Iowa Afterschool Alliance supports the Iowa Network of Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21CCLC) programs through technical assistance and resource sharing.

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