After-school Programs & 21st Century Community Learning Centers

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After-school programs provide children and teens with safe places to try new activities, develop new skills, have fun, and learn.

RIDE oversees the Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLCs) program. 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.


21st Century Community Learning Center grant Request for Proposals 

RIDE recently released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the federal 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CLC) grant for high quality out-of-school time programs for students in eligible elementary or secondary schools.

Priority will be given to applications that address one or two of the state’s priorities for this grant:

  1. Strategies to Serve Multilingual Learners (MLLs),
  2. Strategies to Serve Differently-Abled Students (DAS),
  3. Strategies to Build Knowledge and Skills in Mathematics. 

Grant awards will be announced later this spring.

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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 Enrichment
  • Well-rounded Education Activities
  • Literacy Education, including financial literacy and environmental literacy
  • Healthy and Active Lifestyle
  • Services for Individuals with Disabilities
  • Activities for English Learners
  • Cultural Programs
  • Telecommunications and Technology Education
  • Expanded Library Service Hours
  • Parenting Skills and Family Literacy
  • Assistance to Students who have been Truant, Suspended, or Expelled
  • Drug and Violence Prevention and Counseling
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, including computer science
  • Career Competencies and Career Readiness

Are You Ready for a 21st CCLC Grant?

This self-assessment tool is designed to give you a sense of the scope and expectations of the 21st CCLC grant and help you determine whether your organization or school is ready to apply.


Schools with 21st CCLCs

Central Falls

  • Central Falls Senior HS


  • Bain MS
  • Gladstone ES

East Providence

  • Hennessey ES
  • Martin MS


  • Pell ES
  • Rogers HS
  • Thompson MS



  • Baldwin ES
  • Cunningham ES
  • Curvin-McCabe ES
  • Fallon Memorial ES
  • Curtis ES
  • Greene ES
  • Little ES
  • Potter-Burns ES
  • Varieur ES
  • Winters ES


  • 360 HS
  • Alvarez HS
  • Bailey ES
  • Bishop MS
  • Central HS
  • Classical HS
  • D'Abate ES
  • DelSesto MS
  • Fortes ES
  • Hopkins MS
  • Hope HS
  • JSEC
  • Lima ES
  • Providence Career & Technical Academy
  • Stuart MS
  • Williams MS

West Warwick

  • Greenbush ES


  • Citizens/Pothier ES
  • Coleman ES
  • Globe Park ES
  • Woonsocket HS
  • Woonsocket MS at Hamilton
  • Woonsocket MS at Villa Nova

Charter / State-operated Schools

  • Paul Cuffee Lower School
  • Learning Community
  • Nowell Leadership Academy
  • RI Training School
  • Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts
  • UCAP School

Current Grantees

Current grantee list and contact information

Current Grantees

Current grantee list and contact information

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 action is shown below (click image for a PDF).

RI21CCLC Theory Action


  • All program directors and select staff participate in professional development and training opportunities.
  • Programs staff participate in monthly network meetings.
  • You for Youth was a website developed by the US DOE to provide professional development for 21st CCLC program directors, partners and staff. It is currently archived. Content will be incorporated into the new 21st CCLC National Technical Assistance Center website.
  • RIDE maintains a Google Group for RI 21st CCLC grantees, as well as a Google Drive with a variety of documents to help support administration of the grant. Access to both is limited to grantees and their primary partners. 


  • At the national level, accountability for the 21st Century Community Learning Center nationally is based on the federal Grant Performance and Results Act (GPRA) Measures. These were revised and the new measures went into effect for the 2021-22 fiscal year. (Also see the Teacher Survey tool, used for collecting GPRA Measure #5). 
  • 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 and Risk Response Protocol.
  • All grantees receive periodic on-site monitoring visits.
  • 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 21APR reporting system.
  • 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 guidance and checklists.
  • All grantees are required to submit an annual plan and a budget in the spring for the upcoming school year, as well as an annual progress report in the summer on the previous school year. 
  • Program performance measures are available upon request.

Quality Improvement

  • All programs align their programs to meet the Rhode Island After-School Quality Standards and Indicators. (Also see the Rhode Island Guide to After-School Quality Standards).
  • All programs participate in the Rhode Island Program Quality Assessment (RIPQA) process, a continuous quality improvement process. RIPQA includes nationally validated assessment tools, observations, action planning, and technical assistance. Please see the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality website for Form A (see School-Age PQA and Youth PQA). Rhode Island uses its own organizational self-assessment tool, Form B (also available in Spanish). 

Rhode Island Intermediaries & ESSA "External Organizations"

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

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires state education agencies to pre-screen and publish a list of external organizations to partner with the state’s 21st CCLCs. An External Organization is defined as “a nonprofit organization with a record of success in running or working with before or after school (or summer recess) programs and activities.” Both the ALC and PASA are on RIDE's list of External Organizations that have experience providing technical assistance and quality improvement services to 21st CCLCs. Please note that there is no funding attached to becoming an External Organization on RIDE’s pre-screened list, nor are 21st CCLCs required to partner specifically with External Organizations that are on this list.


A commitment to evaluation at both the state and local levels is central to the 21st Century Community Learning Center grant. RIDE recently commissioned a rigorous, independent statewide evaluation of the grant. The key impact analysis finding was:

"Overall, our results supported the proposition that high-quality 21st CCLC programs can have a positive impact on mathematics and ELA assessment scores, as well as school-day absences. Our analyses for these three types of outcomes yielded multiple statistically significant and positive results (in terms of both all-group analysis and analysis by grade level). There also was evidence that 21st CCLC programs in our sample were having a positive impact on disciplinary incidents and suspensions (i.e., reductions), though those results were not quite as strong as the other results noted (i.e., we saw fewer statistically significant results when analyzed by grade level)." [p. viii, emphasis added] 

For elementary school students, the findings included that:

  • Total hours of participation in 21st CCLC was positively related to growth on the peer relationships scale.
  • Hours participating in physical fitness/sports activities was positively related to increased engagement in learning.

 For middle school students, findings included that:

  • Positive youth experiences in programming (e.g., positive affect, challenge, relevance, engagement) were found to be correlated with an increase in interest in arts and in sports as well as youth-reported improvements in self-esteem. 
  • Likewise, higher scores on the Youth Program Quality Assessment, one measure of program quality, were associated to those same outcomes for middle school youth, although statistically significant correlations with other outcomes were not found. 
  • "Certain scales from the youth experience survey taken by middle school participants were positively associated with youth development outcomes. Positive perceptions of activity leaders were associated with an increase in interest in STEM and greater improvement on the interpersonal skills scale of the YMEB, whereas higher scores on the skill-building scale were associated with greater improvement in self-esteem and improvement on both the positive mindsets and interpersonal skills scales." [p. vii]

Please see the full evaluation report for details and information about other findings or see the summary slides or just the key findings.

The results supported and shed further light on findings from the previous full evaluation report (and summary brief) which showed reductions in unexcused absences and reductions in disciplinary suspensions for students who participate in RI 21st CCLCs for at least 30 days per year.

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 (see sections 4201-4206).

Additional federal guidance is available on various topics including:

RIDE Resources

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