21st Century Community Learning Center Bidders’ Conference to be Held

August 25, 2009

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers Bidders' Conference is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Stonewall Resort in Roanoke, W.Va.

Participants will learn how to apply for funding to operate afterschool, summer and weekend programs to assist student learning and development. Attendance is mandatory for organizations applying for 21st CCLC funding.

The West Virginia Department of Education will award up to 20 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, 2010.

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.
Such programs should meet state and local student standards in core academic subjects; offer students a broad array of enrichment activities that can complement their regular academic programs; and offer literacy and other educational services to families of participating children.
Registration for the event, which includes a continental breakfast and lunch, is required for participation in the conference. A registration form and other information are 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 Education’s Office of Title II – School and School System Improvement, at (304) 558-7881, or sharring@access.k12.wv.us. The mailing address is West Virginia Department of Education, Building 6, Room 230, 1900 Kanawha Blvd. E., Charleston, WV 25305.

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