After-school Programs &
21st Century Community Learning Centers

Student playing chessAfter-school programs provide children and teens with safe places to try new activities, develop new skills, have fun, and learn. RIDE also oversees 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLCs). These are federally funded, high quality after-school and summer programs. They provide students with academic support, enrichment and school engagement. They complement students' regular academic program.

Find an After-school Program in Your Area.

The Rhode Island Afterschool Plus Alliance (RIASPA) maintains maps of after-school programs and summer programs across the state. They also have a checklist to bring with you when you visit the site, to help you decide if the program is of high quality.

The Providence After School Alliance (PASA) collaborates with the city and the community to operate citywide systems of programs for middle school youth (the AfterZone) and for high school youth (the Hub) in Providence.

RIDE provides funds to support the development of high quality after-school and summer programs through a competitive process that prioritizes high poverty areas. All 21st CCLCs must show a partnership between the target school(s) and a community- or faith-based organization.

RIDE currently supports after school and summer programs in over 50 elementary, middle and high schools, serving over 10,000 students each year. The funded programs operate after school programs, school vacation week programs, and summer programs.

Program Information

21st CCLC programs provide a broad array of opportunities for students and their families including such things as:

  • Academic Supports: homework help, tutoring, hands-on science, math clubs, literacy activities, SAT preparation, and more;
  • Arts: dance, theatre, music, visual arts, ceramics, etc.
  • Physical Activity: martial arts, swimming, soccer, baseball, sailing, skating, yoga, basketball, personal training, etc.
  • Youth Development: leadership development, social skills, violence prevention, mediation skills, community service, etc.
  • Health Promotion: nutrition education, healthy cooking, substance abuse prevention, good decision-making, physical activity, etc.
  • Family Engagement: family events, family field trips, adult education, etc.
  • Career Exploration and College Access: community service, internships, job shadowing, college visits, college application support, etc.

Schools with 21st CCLCs

Charter /
State-operated Schools
Central Falls Cranston
Highlander Charter
Paul Cuffee School
Learning Community
Met School
Calcutt MS
Central Falls HS
Ella Risk ES
Veterans ES
Bain MS
Gladstone ES
East Providence Newport North Kingstown
Hennessey ES Pell ES
Rogers HS
Thompson MS
Davisville MS
Quidnessett ES
Pawtucket Providence West Warwick
Baldwin ES
Cunningham ES
Curvin-McCabe ES
Fallon Memorial ES
Curtis ES
Goff Jr. HS
Greene ES
Jenks Jr. HS
Little ES
Potter-Burns ES
Shea HS
Slater Jr. HS
Tolman HS
Varieur ES
Winters ES
ACE Charter
Bailey ES
Bishop MS
Carnevale ES
Central HS
Classical HS
D'Abate ES
DelSesto MS
Hopkins MS
Hope HS
ML King ES
Pleasant View ES
Stuart MS
Williams MS
Deering MS

Citizens ES
Coleman ES
Hope St. Child Care Ctr.
Woonsocket HS
Woonsocket MS

Current Grantees

Current grantee list and contact information [PDF, 266KB].

Current Grantees

Current grantee list and contact information [PDF, 266KB].

Theory of Action

Rhode Island 21st Century Community Learning Centers are ultimately designed to impact students' academic success and college & career readiness. 21st CCLCs provide high quality out-of-school time programs. The more regularly students attend these programs, the more likely they are to gain academic skills, develop socially and emotionally, learn 21st century skills, and improve their behavior - all of which will lead to positive long-term outcomes. This theory of actions is shown below (click image for a larger view).

RI 21st CCLC Theory of Action


  • All program directors and select staff participate in professional development and training opportunities.
  • Programs staff participate in monthly network meetings (2015 schedule, PDF, 188KB).
  • You for Youth is a website developed by the US DOE to provide professional development for 21st CCLC program directors, partners and staff.
  • Lights on Afterschool! Breakfast of Champions
    RIASPA is pleased to present the 12th annual Lights On Afterschool! Breakfast of Champions on Friday, October 24, at the Providence Marriott Downtown on Orms Street. This year’s theme is Redefining Education, Redefining Success. This event will call attention to the critical need for and importance of afterschool and summer programs to children, youth, families, and communities; and increase awareness and support among policymakers, funders, and other decision makers. Learn more and register now!


  • All grantees are monitored by RIDE to ensure compliance with federal and state requirements, to ensure that programs are of high quality, and to identify technical assistance needs. This is done through various mechanisms, as outlined in the RI 21st CCLC Monitoring Protocol [PDF, 336KB]
  • All grantees receive on-site monitoring visits at least once every three years (see the visit schedule, PDF, 184KB).
  • All grantees use data collection systems to track such things as attendance, grades, homework completion, classroom behavior, state assessment scores, etc. and submit data on an annual basis to the federal reporting system (known as PPICS).
  • All grantees are required to participate in a state-directed monitoring process that assesses grantee and program compliance with state performance expectations and federal requirements, using the Quality Assurance Evidence Binder  [PDF, 176KB] guidance and checklists.
  • All grantees are required to submit an annual plan (instructions, cover/signatures, assurances, plan narrative, budget narrative - all DOC) and a budget (XLS) in the spring for the upcoming school year, as well as an annual progress report in the summer on the previous school year (progress report, DOC).

Quality Improvement

Rhode Island Intermediary Organizations

RI’s 21st CCLC initiative collaborates and partners with our state’s two out-of-school-time intermediary organizations:


A commitment to evaluation at both the state and local levels is central to the RI's 21st Century Community Learning Center initiative. The first phase of results from the statewide evaluation showed: 

  • a statistically significant reduction in unexcused absences for students who participate in RI 21st CCLCs for at least 30 days per year (the effect was even stronger for those who participate 60 days or more), 
  • a statistically significant reduction in disciplinary suspensions for students who participate in RI 21st CCLCs for at least 30 days per year (the effect was even stronger for those who participate 60 days or more)
  • a small improvement in NECAP scores for RI 21st CCLC participants, although that was statistically significant only for Reading at the 30 days or more participation level.

Please see the full evaluation report [PDF, 1.7MB] or the summary brief [PDF, 927KB] for more information.

The next phase of the statewide evaluation included implementation of the Survey of Academic and Youth Outcomes - Youth Survey (SAYO-Y) among 4th through 8th graders, to measure Program Experience and Sense of Competence, as well as asking Reflection Questions.Overall, results were positive, with participants responding, on average, at the more positive ends of each scale. In particular, respondents strongly agreed that their 21st CCLC program had helped them in academic and social/personal skill building.  

Please see the full evaluation descriptive report [PDF, 1.5MB].

Federal Statutes and Guidance

The 21st Century Community Learning Center initiative was established by Title IV, Part B of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. More information and guidance is available in the federal Non-Regulatory Guidance [PDF]. 

Additional federal guidance is available on various topics including:

RIDE Guidance and Resources

The following documents are intended to provide additional clarification on administrative issues for 21st CCLC programs: