21st Century Community Learning Centers

September 09, 2002

The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) is sponsoring technical assistance sessions (Bidder’s Conferences) for the 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant Application Package from 1:00-4:00 p.m. on October 15th at Pipestem’s Faulconer Room & October 16th at the Flatwoods Days Inn.  

The WV After School For All (WVASFA) organization is sponsoring an informational meeting regarding the formation of a state advocacy group from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on October 15th at Pipestem’s Faulconer Room & October 16th at Flatwoods Days Inn Conference Center.  

Similar sessions will be offered at each location.  

The afternoon WVDE 21st CCLC grant program technical assistance sessions will provide prospective applicants with: • copies of the Application Package; • an overview of the WV Application Package, review process and grantee requirements; • examples of effective partnerships and high quality after school programs; and • a question and answer session.  

21st Century Community Learning Centers grants to operate after school programs for children in high poverty areas will be administered on a statewide level by WVDE (rather than federally, as in 1998-2001) beginning in the summer of 2003. The grants (no less than $50,000 each) will be awarded on a competitive basis. Applicants may include schools or school systems, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, public, and/or private agencies. Deadline for the submission of the completed application package is December 16, 2002. No additional technical assistance sessions will be conducted on this grant program in 2002. The Grant Application Package and Informational Flyer will be available online at http://wvde.state.wv.us by early October, 2002. For WV 21st CCLC information, contact: pgivens@access.k12.wv.us or (304) 558-7881.  

The morning WVASFA meetings will be devoted to building community and statewide support for Afterschool For All, and developing a WV Action Plan focusing on advocacy/sustainability and state-wide communication. For more WVASFA information, contact: Jackie Fischer-Murray: jfischer@access.k12.wv.us or Jan Smith: ejs@1st.net  

Use the form on the attached page to register for either or both the morning and/or afternoon sessions. Registrants are encouraged to attend as a team of school and community-based organization representatives. The technical assistance sessions and WVASA meetings are free, but registration is requested for planning purposes (see next page).  

For information on the 21st CCLC grant program and current grantees, effective practices in after school programming, related resources, additional funding sources, and links throughout the after school network, go to the US Department of Education website at www.ed.gov/21stcclc.  

The Promising Practices in Afterschool (PPAS) listserv also brings together the worlds of youth development, school-age care, and education. Find it on the PPAS website,www.afterschool.org and search for promising practices and share your own good work with others to help improve the field of afterschool programs.  

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