IMPORTANT NOTICE: FY20 21st CCLC Updates/Timeline


TO:  All Current 21st Century Community Learning Center’s Grantees

RE:  FY20 – 21st CCLC Updates

Congratulations to the FY20 New and Continuing Grantees – welcome back and we hope you had a fun and restful summer vacation!  Please review the following carefully:


  • All new FY 20 grantees and new program managers only, due to limited space, are required to attend the FY20 Fall Orientation on October 4, 2019, being held at the Vineyard Church, 6000 Cooper Rd., Westerville, OH.  Please register via STARS in the Department’s training and registration portal, using your OH¦ID account. Note: STARS Registration will open by August 27, 2019.


  • All Continuing grantees are required to review a pre-recorded webinar to include FY20 changes, which will be posted on the 21st CCLC website by October 4, 2019.


  • Please find the FY20 21st CCLC timeline HERE.  Please be sure to review all the required trainings and mark them on your calendar.  Please note: Due to recent internal changes 21st CCLC regional trainings – i.e., Compliance Trainings, Bidders Conferences, Continuation Plan and Navigation Trainings – have been scheduled at the Department of Administrative Services in Columbus. We apologize for any inconvenience and extra travel this may cause.


  • All Program Managers and all local Program Evaluators are required to attend the FY20 Evaluation Meeting and Training. This is a new session designed to provide guidance and support for grantees and their contracted evaluators.  This session is scheduled for Thursday, October 3, 2019 at the Vineyard Church, 6000 Cooper Rd., Westerville, Ohio 43081. Note: STARS registration will open for this event on September 5, 2019.


  • It is required that all 21st CCLC organizations have only one Program Manager role assigned in OEDS. The personnel role in OEDS you must assign is entitled Program Manager – 21st CCLCFirst Year Grantees/New Grantees: Please ensure that your organization has this role assigned via your OEDS-R Administrator. Continuation Grantees: Please take the time to review this role in OEDS and make updates as needed.


  • 21st CCLC Annual Statewide Summit will not be held this year. 21st CCLC will be sponsoring the OAN’s Best Foot Forward Conference in Dublin, Ohio on February 20- 21, 2020. All 21st CCLC grantees are expected to attend.  More information will be forthcoming.


  • Information about the Center for Out of School Advancement (COSA) regional trainings, that are required for all First Year or New Grantees, will be coming soon.


If for any reason the timeline changes, we will send out updated information on the blog.  If you have any questions, please contact your regional consultant, using information found on our Contact Us page.

ODE’s Charmaine Davis-Bey Selected to Join National Afterschool and Expanded Learning Initiative


The Riley Institute at Furman University has selected Charmaine Davis-Bey, M.Ed. to participate in the White-Riley-Peterson (WRP) Policy Fellowship.  A partnership with the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the WRP Fellowship is a ten-month, national program designed to equip graduates with a real-world understanding of policy-making for afterschool and expanded learning.

“From the moment I began my journey in afterschool 6 years ago, I knew I had found my purpose and my ‘why,’ as a proud public servant and educator,” says Davis-Bey.  “It is truly an honor to be in Cohort 8 of this fellowship, to connect with my fellow cohort members and Riley Institute leadership – as well, using the knowledge and experience I’ve acquired to create effective policy and change within the State of Ohio – to support the positive outcomes of our youth and their families.”

In October, Davis-Bey will travel to Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, to begin the program. As part of the fellowship, Davis-Bey will develop and implement a state-level policy project in cooperation with the Ohio Afterschool Network and the National Afterschool Alliance.

Charmaine currently serves as a 21st CCLC Education Program Specialist for the Ohio Department of Education (ODE), where she supports (via regular technical assistance and annual trainings), 212 active 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) grants, serving approximately 12,790 students across all grade levels, throughout the state of Ohio.  Prior to starting at ODE, Charmaine spent three years in the field of out-of-school time education, beginning in early 2013 – when she has worked for several organizations in the Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio-area.  In various roles (including program supervisor and site coordinator), she was responsible for supporting high school students through impactful mentoring, creating/implementing supportive curriculum towards academic, civic and social-emotional growth and tracking student and family outcome data.  She now proudly uses that experience to ensure students throughout the state of Ohio receive that same level of quality programming.  Charmaine holds a B.A. in Communications: PR from Xavier University (OH) in 2005, an M.B.A. from The University of Phoenix in 2009 and, most recently, her M. Ed. Educational Psychology: Student Learning and Well-Being, from The University of Missouri-Columbia in December 2019.

Including Davis-Bey, 16 individuals have been selected to become WRP Fellows this year. The number of WRP Fellows nationwide has grown to 122 in 49 states since the initiative launched in 2012.

“I am so proud to welcome 16 more leaders to this outstanding program,” said former U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley. “It is so important for young people to have access to high-quality academic enrichment opportunities during afterschool hours and in the summer – and we need policy leaders who can make that happen.”

Over the course of a year, WRP Fellows study an intensive policy curriculum, learn from policy experts and benefit from national networking opportunities. This will include working with the Afterschool Alliance, a national advocacy organization, as well as the Mott Foundation’s 50-state afterschool network.

WRP Fellows are expected to complete the program with newfound expertise to help inform and advocate policies that support afterschool and summer learning opportunities for children across the country. They put these new skills to use by developing and implementing afterschool-related policy projects in their home states.

“Students who attend afterschool and summer programs are better prepared for work and life. They attend school more, make gains in reading and math, improve their grades and have higher graduation rates,” said Cathy Stevens, director of the White-Riley-Peterson Policy Fellowship.

According to the national Afterschool Alliance, over 10 million children in America participate in afterschool programs, but more than 19 million additional children would participate if programs were available.

The 2019-2020 WRP Policy Fellows are:

  • Anna Almerico, Network Lead, Idaho Out-of-School Network (Boise, Idaho)
  • Benjamin Baird, Spokane County Program Quality Manager, School’s Out Washington (Spokane, Washington)
  • Brent Balog, Community Liaison & Outreach Coordinator, Clackamas Workforce Partnership (Portland, Oregon)
  • Tiyana Brown, Charlotte NEXT Director, MeckEd (Charlotte, North Carolina)
  • Charmaine Davis-Bey, 21st CCLC Education Program Specialist, Ohio Department of Education (Columbus, Ohio)
  • Robert Dorigo Jones, Policy and Outreach Associate, Michigan’s Children (Lansing, Michigan)
  • Kate Foster, Program Coordinator, Wyoming Afterschool Alliance (Laramie, Wyoming)
  • Tyneisha Gibbs, Director of Expanded Learning Opportunities, NJSACC (Westfield, New Jersey)
  • Brandon Hutton, Research Project Coordinator, Kansas Enrichment Network (Lawrence, Kansas)
  • Jeff McConaughy, Director of Policy and Communications, New Mexico Out-of-School Time Network (Albuquerque, New Mexico)
  • Heather May, AmeriCorps VISTA, Maryland Out of School Time Network (Baltimore, Maryland)
  • Kate-Marie Roycroft, Director of Public Policy, The Alliance of Massachusetts YMCAs (Boston, Massachusetts)
  • Rev. John Unger II, West Virginia State Senator and President of GRaCE Company (Charleston, West Virginia)
  • Zong Vang, Strategy Manager Policy and Network Evaluation, Ignite Afterschool with Sprockets (St. Paul, Minnesota)
  • Shawna Viola, Research and Evaluation Specialist, Connecticut After School Network (Branford, Connecticut)
  • Heather Williams, Program Director, Policy and Outreach, California AfterSchool Network (Sacramento, California)

The WRP Policy Fellowship is named for Riley and for William S. White, chairman of the board of trustees of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, and for Terry Peterson, national board chair of the Afterschool Alliance and senior fellow at the Riley Institute and the College of Charleston.

For more information, contact Cathy Stevens at 864-294-3265 or


About the Riley Institute at Furman University

Furman University’s Richard W. Riley Institute broadens student and community perspectives about issues critical to South Carolina’s progress. It builds and engages present and future leaders, creates and shares data-supported information about the state’s core challenges, and links the leadership body to sustainable solutions. It is committed to nonpartisanship in all it does and to a rhetoric-free, facts-based approach to change. Learn more at

About the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

Established in 1926 in Flint, Michigan, by an automotive pioneer, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation is a private philanthropy committed to supporting projects that promote a just, equitable and sustainable society. It supports nonprofit programs throughout the United States and abroad. Grantmaking is focused in four categories: Civil Society, Education, Environment and Flint Area. In addition to Flint, offices are located in metropolitan Detroit, Johannesburg and London. With year-end assets of approximately $3 billion in 2018, the Foundation made 358 grants totaling more than $132 million. For more information, visit

To see the official Furman University press release online, please click HERE.

Upcoming Young Entrepreneur Pitch (YEP)! Curriculum Training Available

Add Some Sizzle to Your Program with Young Entrepreneur Pitch (YEP)!

Programs that piloted the free K-12 Young Entrepreneur Pitch curriculum this summer said it “provided amazing learning opportunities,” was a “thorough curriculum,” that “pushed creativity,” and was “a really good program.”

Teaching kids about entrepreneurship helps them learn and practice 21st and 22nd century skills including communication and problem solving, provides a new lens through which to view the future, and is something they enjoy. Some experts believe entrepreneurship is an essential skill that needs to be added to current educational initiatives.


Heart Reach Neighborhood Ministries student interviewed by Youngstown reporter about his entrepreneurial pitch

Students who participated in YEP programs this summer said they liked the program because: “it gave me confidence,” “help prepare for the future,” “I get to make my own idea,” “it was interesting,“ and “I liked talking with the judges.”

Program partners, funders, schools and their business advisory councils, and others can serve as student mentors, host field trips, guest speakers, pitch contest judges or donate pitch contest prizes.

The Young Entrepreneur Institute, in partnership with the Ohio Afterschool Network, is hosting a free 75-minute training on Tuesday, September 10th, 10:15a – 11:30a at the SE Ohio Hub meeting at the Athens Public Library. Register on the Ohio Afterschool Network website. The Hub meeting with continue after the training with information sharing and training until 2:00 pm.

Several 30-minute webinars are scheduled for August and September to introduce educators and others who work with youth to the YEP curriculum.  Registration is online.

For more information, contact Liz Nusken at










21st CCLC’s ESLAsC Program Earns National Recognition

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Congratulations are in order, as Columbus State’s ESLAsC (English as a Second Language After School Community, a 21st CCLC program) was recognized this month for high quality, equitable summer programming! The honor was announced by the National Summer Learning Association. ESLAsC’s Reads Across National Parks was one of only four programs in the nation to earn the New York Life Foundation Excellence in Summer Learning Award.

Out of nearly 250 applicants, the four winning programs meet the rigorous criteria for this national recognition. That criteria includes helping students cement skills learned during the school year and demonstrating effective family engagement strategies. The criteria also examines programs that provide inclusive and innovative programming to serve the diverse needs of children and their families. Each program receives $10,000 from the New York Life Foundation and Lands’ End. They’ll be recognized in a ceremony in Atlanta.

Columbus State’s Reads Across National Parks helps children see their future potential and is a testament to the possibility of effective summer programming when a community and its schools band together. You can read more about it, and the other three programs recognized nationally, at this link. 


Photo: Students in the ESLAsC program at Prairie Norton Elementary School in June 2018

Please view the official press release HERE!



ServeOhio Update: Make a Difference Day of Service

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Make a Difference Day of Service 

October 26, 2019

On October 26th, volunteers from across the country will unite for Make A Difference Day, one of the largest annual single-days of service nationwide. Since 1992, volunteers and communities have come together on Make A Difference Day with a single purpose: to improve the lives of others
Project grants available!
ServeOhio, along with its partners AEP Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service, announce the availability of grants to support community service projects organized for Make A Difference Day on Saturday, October 26, 2019. Grant awards will range between $500 to $2,000.
How can the funding be used?
The grants support projects that create or improve community assets or infrastructure such as parks, schools, senior centers, community gardens or low-income homes through community volunteer engagement. Funds may be used for supplies/materials and volunteer support.
Who is eligible to apply?
Non-profit and public organizations in Ohio including, but not limited to, volunteer centers, school districts, community colleges, universities, and local governments are eligible to apply.
Ready to apply?
For the application and instructions, visit the ServeOhio Website. The application deadline is Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at 5:00 PM.  We look forward to receiving your application!
Find helpful resources for planning your project, recruit volunteers, and browse other projects using the All For Good website and search engine.        

Governor DeWine Announces Two-Year Budget Commitment of $550 Million for Wraparound Services

On Tuesday, July 30th, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus (a current 21st CCLC grantee) had the privilege of hosting Governor Mike Dewine at the J. Ashburn Jr. Club for a press event, as he shared his commitment to focus on student wellness and success in our community’s highest need schools.

As many in the field of after/out-of-school time know, many youth in our community are faced with challenges at home that affect their ability to learn in school including food insecurity, homelessness, addiction, financial instability, emotional trauma, and much more.  The recently signed 2020-2021 state operating budget will provide:

  • $500 million in funding for “wraparound” services throughout the city, with over $10 million invested in Columbus City Schools
  • $140,000 in TANF funding (doubling from $70,000 in 2019)

These services will target the social and emotional needs of our students, eliminating barriers to learning so that every child has the opportunity to achieve academic success.

Governor Dewine recognized Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus for the key partnerships it has developed with Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Columbus City Schools, stating that much of the growth in the area of wraparound services would not have been possible without the Clubs.  One of the best examples of this partnership is exemplified through the Highland Bridge Program, where 70+ Highland Elementary students who were not meeting grade level standards in literacy received behavioral support services from Nationwide Children’s Hospital and academic support through Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus.  After just 90 days in this program, 58% of participants achieved proficient reading levels!

Please see the included photos from Governor Dewine’s visit.

Click on the following links for articles from The Columbus Dispatch and Governor DeWine’s Office.

Cleveland Browns Foundation, Ohio Department of Education and Proving Ground Collaborate to Launch Statewide School Attendance Network

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For Immediate Release
Aug. 2, 2019

Cleveland Browns Foundation, Ohio Department of Education and Proving Ground Collaborate to Launch Statewide
School Attendance Network

Initially reaching more than 80,000 Ohio students, the network will help schools, districts and partners improve attendance and tackle chronic absenteeism

The Cleveland Browns Foundation, Ohio Department of Education and Proving Ground at Harvard University today launched the Get 2 School, Stay in the Game! Network (Get 2 School Network), a statewide initiative designed to promote the importance of school attendance and put an end to chronic absenteeism.

“The equation is quite simple,” said Cleveland Browns Owner Dee Haslam. “The more a student attends school, the more prepared they are for future success beyond the classroom.”

The network’s goal is to increase student attendance, particularly among specific groups of students, such as African American, Hispanic, English learners, economically disadvantaged and students with disabilities. The network believes that student success begins with engaged learners who attend school each day.

This network is designed to connect its users to each other, state and national experts, and high-quality, attendance-focused campaign materials, strategies and evaluation tools. The network’s core is its website,, which is available to all Ohio schools and districts at no cost.

“To have a great educational experience, students need to be where the learning is happening,” said Ohio’s Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria. “Through this unique partnership, we are collaborating to ensure that children are learning every day and are excited about their futures. Thanks to the Cleveland Browns and Proving Ground at Harvard University for working with our Department on this impactful initiative.”

In addition, the network will support the unique attendance needs of rural and remote school districts by helping them deploy, test and evaluate the effectiveness of specific, attendance-related strategies. Findings will be shared with the broader network.

“Growing the team of adults who are positive forces in the lives of our students will give them a boost both personally and academically,” says Superintendent Brian Petrie of Cardington-Lincoln Local Schools. “Whether it’s a local adult who volunteers to help with homework or the chance to earn attendance support through the Cleveland Browns Foundation and the National Center for Rural Education Research Networks, all of our students could use a few more heroes in their lives.”

An identified set of school districts, known as action districts, will receive additional supports and resources, affecting approximately 66,000 students. Through these resources, districts will be able to launch comprehensive community campaigns to raise awareness regarding the importance of school attendance, use data to target specific, attendance-related intervention efforts for maximum impact, analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of specific interventions, and refine attendance-related solutions across these school districts. Over time, all learnings from these improvement efforts will be shared broadly across the network, benefiting all participating schools and districts.

“Proving Ground is committed to supporting and bringing districts together to collaborate on their shared challenges, including chronic absenteeism,” says Bi Vuong, director of Proving Ground, an initiative of the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University. “We are excited that our current district partners in Ohio can join the Browns Foundation network to share what they’ve learned and broaden the impact of their collective insights.”

In celebration of the network’s launch, approximately 500 students, families, community members and dignitaries from across the state are set to gather for an official kick-off pep rally at FirstEnergy Stadium, prior to the 2019 Cleveland Browns Orange & Brown Scrimmage. The event will feature a series of speakers, live entertainment and activities, followed by a tailgate leading up to the game. In addition, all admission proceeds from the scrimmage will benefit the Get 2 School Network.

Cleveland Browns Owner Dee Haslam, State Superintendent Paolo DeMaria, Proving Ground Director Bi Vuong and Michael Lehan, former cornerback for the Cleveland Browns and principal at Osseo Senior High School in Osseo, Minnesota, will be available for media questions and interviews following the launch event at approximately 2:40 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 3.

About the Get 2 School, Stay in the Game! Network’s Founding Partners:

Cleveland Browns Foundation

The power of community engagement and role models — The Cleveland Browns Foundation prioritized student attendance in 2015 when it developed a partnership with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, which at the time, faced a chronic absence rate of 35 percent. In an effort to remove attendance-related barriers, the foundation also supported a local clothing program, providing students facing economic hardship greater access to uniforms and basic clothing packages. The campaign helped Cleveland Metropolitan Schools cut chronic absenteeism to 30 percent in the 2017-2018 school year.

Ohio Department of Education

The power of connectivity and coherence — The Ohio Department of Education is on a mission to prepare each child by ensuring equity and supporting quality schools through partnerships that maximize strengths to achieve collective impact. Taken together, equity, partnerships and quality schools form the three core principles identified in Each Child, Our Future—Ohio’s five-year strategic plan for education.

Proving Ground

The power of evidence and continuous improvement — Proving Ground, an initiative of the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University, works with states and school districts to help identify and test solutions to specific challenges, including chronic absenteeism. The initiative supports continuous improvement through data analysis, strategic advice, hands-on assistance and peer networking opportunities. Proving Ground’s iterative improvement cycle includes deeply understanding the challenge, identifying potential solutions, testing those solutions, examining findings and determining next steps. Proving Ground currently works with more than 20 school districts in Ohio.

For more information, please visit


About the Ohio Department of Education
The Ohio Department of Education oversees the state’s public education system, which includes public school districts, joint vocational school districts and charter schools. The Department also monitors educational service centers, other regional education providers, early learning and child care programs, and private schools. The Department’s tasks include administering the school funding system, collecting school fiscal and performance data, developing academic standards and model curricula, administering the state achievement tests, issuing district and school report cards, administering Ohio’s voucher programs, providing professional development, and licensing teachers, administrators, treasurers, superintendents and other education personnel. The Department is governed by the State Board of Education with administration of the Department the responsibility of the superintendent of public instruction.

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