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

2020 by the 

Numbers

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49
Grants

28
Entities

-to-

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702

Paid & Unpaid Partnerships

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118

Sites

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12,382

Students Served School Year and Summer

Funding

Requested & Awarded

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Applications

$7.5 Million
Requested

$6.78 Million
Awarded

Average Request: $565,000  |  Request Range: $337,500 – $896,000

are students
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% 

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63%
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13%
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13%

Regular Attendance*

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59%
Iowa in 2020

Iowa in Past Years:

83% in 2018

68% in 2016

64% in 2014

Statewide Staff : Student Ratio**

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54%
All Other States

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Average cost per student annually***

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1:14 without volunteers

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47%

are certified teachers

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42%

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.

Sources:

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.

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State Evaluations of Afterschool Programs