21st Century Community Learning Center Bidders' Conference To Be Held

October 31, 2006

CHARLESTON, W.Va. _ West Virginiaís 21st Century Community Learning Centers Bidders' Conference will be held Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2006, from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. at the Days Inn Conference Center in Flatwoods.  

Participants will learn how to apply for funding to operate afterschool, summer and weekend programs to assist student learning and development.  

The West Virginia Department of Education will award one to five grants to eligible public and private organizations that support the implementation of community learning centers. Eligible applicants include schools and school systems, non-profit agencies, city and county agencies, faith-based organizations, institutions of higher education, for-profit corporations, among others. Funding is set to begin July 1, 2007.  

The 21st Century Community Learning Center program supports local community learning centers that provide academic opportunities for children, particularly students who attend high poverty and low performing schools that have not met adequate yearly progress under the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.  

Registration is required for participation in the conference. A registration form and other information is available on the 21st CCLC Web site at http://21stcclc.k12.wv.us.  

For more information, contact Sallie Harrington, assistant director of the West Virginia Department of Educationís Division of Curriculum and Instructional Services at (304) 558-7881 or sharring@access.k12.wv.us.

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