21st Century Community Learning Centers

Michigan 21st Century Community Learning Centers logo Soaring Beyond Expectations

The Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) Grants are awarded through a competitive process to local and intermediate school districts, universities, and other public or private community-based agencies, organizations, and programs, including faith-based organizations. These grant programs provide comprehensive community learning center services. Currently, there are 68 grants with 259 sites in 20 counties.  Each site serves one or more schools. Grants are targeted at high-priority and low-income schools. Students must be offered after-school and summer programming for a minimum of four days a week, two and a half hours a day, for 32 weeks per school-year during out-of-school time, and six weeks in the summer. More than 320,000 students have been served since the inception of the program in 2001.


Nita M. Lowey 21st CCLC Competition - Next Funding Opportunity  
The next 21st CCLC grant cycle will begin in July of 2022. More information and a request for proposal will be available in the December of 2021.

Michigan Out-of-School Time (MOST) Standards of Quality Public Comment  
The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is requesting public comment on the proposed revisions of the Michigan Out-of-School Time (MOST) Standards of Quality. The standards were revised from the 2013 version that was approved by the State Board of Education. The standards were updated for content clarity and include additions in the areas of health, safety, and cultural competency to state current with the field and research. 

The proposed MOST Standards of Quality revisions can be viewed at: Michigan Out-of-School Time Standards of Quality. 

All feedback on the proposed standards must be submitted online by 5:00 p.m., July 9, 2021. Comments will be reviewed and considered in the final recommendation to the State Board of Education. For additional information, please contact Lorraine Thoreson at 21stcclc@michigan.gov.

21st CCLC Information  

 After-school Websites 

Name Email Address

Contact Information

General Inquiries 21stcclc@michigan.gov
Andrew Pastoor, Consultant pastoora@michigan.gov
Stacy Ann Sipes, Analyst sipess1@michigan.gov
Lorraine Thoreson, Manager thoresonl@michigan.gov
Tiffany Young, Consultant youngt8@michigan.gov


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