ADE Director's Communication Memo Form

Memo Number : LS-07-096

Date Created : 03/15/2007


Co-op Directors
Secondary Principals
Elementary Principals

Type of Memo: Informational
Response Required: Optional
Section:   Learning Services - Dr. Laura Bednar, Assistant Commissioner
2007-2008 21st CCLC Grant

Regulatory Authority:
NCLB (Pub. Law 107-110) - Title IV, Part B, Sec. 4201

Contact Person:
Dr. Reginald Wilson

Phone Number:


The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) will be receiving funding from the United States Department of Education to fund 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC). The funds will be awarded through a competitive grant process based on the implementation of research-based academic improvement practices, through collaborative efforts, and meeting the grant criteria.

Authorized under Title IV, Part B, Section 4201 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), and as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, the purpose of the 21st CCLC program is to establish or expand community learning centers that provide students with out-of-school academic enrichment activities designed to complement the students’ regular academic program, as well as Pre-kindergarten classrooms. Community learning centers must also offer the families of student participants literacy and related educational opportunities. Centers may be located in elementary schools, secondary schools, or other similarly accessible facilities. Priority will be given to programs targeting high school students.

The 21st Century Community Learning Centers Request For Proposal (RFP) Application and Guidelines are attached. Faxed copies of the application will not be accepted. The original and five (5) copies of the application must be received in the Arkansas Department of Education no later than 4:30 p.m. April 27, 2007. Send or deliver to: Dr. Reginald Wilson, State 21st CCLC Coordinator, Arkansas Department of Education, # 4 Capitol Mall, Room 305B, Little Rock, AR 72201.

A Videoconference will be held on Thursday, March 22, 2007, 10:00 – 11:30. Specific 21st CCLC Guidelines and RFP will be explained in detail. Please contact the educational cooperative teacher center coordinator regarding attendance.

For more information, contact Dr. Reginald Wilson at 501-682-1059 or


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