21st Century Community Learning Centers

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Small Rural School Achievement Grant (SRSA) Application OPENING SOON!

The Ohio Department of Education, Office of Federal Program, has announced that the application for the Small Rural School Achievement (SRSA) grant is opening soon!  The process for districts (LEAs) to apply for the SRSA grant has changed for Fiscal Year (FY) 20-21 as well.

For the past few years, applicants have applied through the http://www.grants.gov site. To streamline the application process and reduce the burden on applicants, US DoE will no longer use the http://www.grants.gov site, and instead use a simpler application process. Please click HERE for important information about the new process.

The SRSA application will open February 3, 2020 for FY 20-21 funding. The new application will be an OMB Max Survey and should take about 30 minutes to complete. Eligible districts will receive an email directly from the U.S. Department of Education (US DoE) inviting the district to apply for the SRSA grant. In the survey, the district will need to provide the district name and contact information, contact information for an Authorized Representative and a secondary contact, the district DUN and Bradstreet (DUNS) number, the General Education Provisions Act (GEPA) statement information, and assurances.

A webinar will be provided for SRSA district staff on February 4, March 19, and April 2, 2020 to review the new application and submission process. The period to apply for the SRSA grant is February 3, 2020 – April 17, 2020.

Dual Eligible Districts
Districts that are eligible for both the Small Rural School Achievement Grant (SRSA) and Rural Low-Income School Grant (RLIS) grant will receive an estimate for the amount each grant would allocate for FY 20-21. This is provided to assist districts with determining which grant they will apply for in FY 20-21. This information will be included in the email confirmation that districts will receive from US DoE when they are determined eligible for the SRSA grant. The application process for dual eligible districts will be the same. If the district applies for the SRSA grant, then they would not be eligible for the RLIS grant.  They would apply through the survey on Max.Gov. If the district does not apply for the SRSA grant, then they would be eligible for the RLIS grant through their Consolidated Application in the CCIP.

If you have any further questions, please contact your Consolidated Application district consultant or one of our REAP Consultants in the Office of Federal Programs at ODE.

REAP Consultants:
Randall Richardson, Coordinator: randall.richardson@education.ohio.gov or 614-466-2953
Scott May, Rural Consultant: scott.may@education.ohio.gov or 614-752-1410
Diane Neal, SEA Contact for Rural: diane.neal@education.ohio.gov or 614-728-3483

21st CCLC Updates – Bidders Conference Recording and Presentation Slides NOW AVAILABLE!

Greetings 21st CCLC Grantees and Blog Followers:  

For those interested applicants: the FY21 Bidders Conference Webinar Recording is NOW AVAILABLE on the ODE website.

*Please click on the picture below to access the page directly.*

Bidders Conference Webinar Recording

As well, please find the PowerPoint slides from that recording below:

FY21 Bidder’s Conference Webinar PPT Slides – FINAL

For future reference, to find the most recent timeline and the FY21 Bidders Conference webinar recording, please go to the 21st CCLC Timeline page HERE.

Save the Date: 2020 Hope 4 The Wounded Conference

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SAVE THE DATE for the 2nd Annual Hope 4 the Wounded Conference, Connecting the Dots 4 Social Emotional Learning, to be held at The Renaissance Columbus Westerville-Polaris in Westerville, Ohio – Thursday – Friday, June 18-19, with a pre-Conference session, Wednesday, June 17.

Featuring prominent keynote speakers including:

  • Joe Hendershott, Ed.D, Founder, Hope for the Wounded, LLC
  • Miranda Beard, Past President, NSBA (National School Boards Association)
  • Todd Waites, Professional Musician and Founder, True Rockstars Don’t Hate

Featuring breakout sessions on the 4 “R’s”:

  • Relationship: Creating programs and implementing strategies to encourage community, collaboration, and connection to the world around us deters isolation and promotes emotionally and physically safe environments. Fostering relationships impacts overall morale and builds inclusive communities that thrive
  • Relevance: Connecting real life and learning not only enhances adult/child interactions, but it leads to engaged, motivated, and self-regulated learners. This enhances the development of students’ unique identities and sense of contribution to their schools and communities.
  • Restoration:  Kids make mistakes, but punitive consequences rarely change behavior. Developing growth mindsets and alternative discipline strategies allows for teachable moments and changed behavior. Increase attendance; decrease suspensions, expulsions, and dropout rates.
  • Revitalize: Adults and children alike need emotional and physical supports in various aspects of life. We need to build and encourage emotionally and physically safe communities by attuning to the mental health and well-being of wounded children as well as the professionals coming alongside them.

Call for WORKSHOP PROPOSALS to open January 27, 2020!

For more information about Hope 4 the Wounded, LLC, please go to https://www.hope4thewounded.org/.


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Don’t Forget to Register Today for OAN’s Statewide Conference for Afterschool & Summer Learning Professionals

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Sign up today for the Ohio Afterschool Network’s annual Best Foot Forward Conference! Join your Afterschool and Summer Learning colleagues from all over Ohio at the OCLC Conference Center in Dublin, Ohio on Thursday – Friday, February 20-21, 2020.

Thursday, we’ll offer 4-hour long deep dive sessions, followed by a screening of “The History of Afterschool in America” documentary and an evening Networking Reception.

Friday will be a traditional conference schedule with a keynote and three 90-minute workshops (almost 30 to choose from!) Attend one day or both, but sign up soon to get your first choice of workshop sessions!

Register at www.OANOhio.org

Our featured speaker is Viviana Hernandez from KIT (Kids Included Together). KIT is a nationwide leader in inclusion for youth, and is also a partner of the National Afterschool Association. Viviana will be providing four different conference sessions this year. Here are details:

  • THURSDAY (4 hours) – Foundations of Inclusion and Behavior Support Techniques
  • FRIDAY Keynote (0.5 hours) – The Journey to Inclusion Begins with You
  • FRIDAY Workshop (1.5 hours) – Partnering with Families
  • FRIDAY Workshop (1.5 hours) Pathway to Positive Behavior

A few weeks ago our weekly OAN Podcast featured a conversation with KIT. Check it out on Spreaker. 

We are also excited to announce that Maurice Clarett will be delivering remarks at our conference this year during lunch on Friday! Maurice has an amazing message of resiliency and a heart for giving back that will really resonate with Afterschool providers. Maurice will also be available for a book signing during the conference!


Hear all the latest conference updates by following the Ohio Afterschool Network on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

UPDATE: 21st CCLC Continuation Plan & CCIP Navigation Trainings Registration is NOW AVAILABLE!

Greetings 21st CCLC Grantees!

Registration for all 21st CCLC Continuation Plan & CCIP Navigation Trainings are now available in STARS. When searching for these trainings in STARS, please use the keyword “CCLC” and all upcoming 21st CCLC trainings will appear. Please see below for all training dates:

Continuation Plan and CCIP Training

These trainings will be held at the following location:

Department of Administrative Services (DAS) –

4200 Surface Road

Columbus, Ohio  43228

614-752-8381 (DAS Phone Number)

The training will be in the Walnut/Willow Conference Room


DAS TRAININGS – Please be advised that all guests must park in the ‘DAS / GSD Employee & Visitor Parking’ lot. The ‘DAS / GSD Employee & Visitor Parking’ lot is located on the left, immediately after passing the cross walk and speed bumps. Guest should not park in the general parking lot as this is for Surface Rd employees and our Fleet Pool vehicles.


Attendance at one of the Continuation Plan Trainings is mandatory for all Program Managers; the CCIP Navigation Training is optional.  Please let us know if you have any questions.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you then!

Ohio AmeriCorps Funding Available


Current Funding Available

ServeOhio provides grants to organizations that demonstrate they will engage AmeriCorps members to provide a service intervention that addresses a critical need in Ohio. We offer two funding competitions each year – a formula funding competition in the spring and a competitive funding competition in the fall.


FY2020 Ohio AmeriCorps Notice of Formula Funding Opportunity
Application Deadline: April 8, 2020 by 5:00 p.m. EST

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21st CCLC Updates – FY20 Timeline and Bidders Conference Recording NOW AVAILABLE!

Greetings 21st CCLC Grantees and Blog Followers:

Please find the most recent FY20 Timeline HERE – for your reference.  

As well, for those interested applicants: the FY21 Bidders Conference Webinar Recording is NOW AVAILABLE on the ODE website.

*Please click on the picture below to access the page directly.*

Bidders Conference Webinar Recording

For future reference, to find pertinent 21st CCLC contact information and the most recent FY20 timeline, please go to our Contact Us page HERE.

Attention 21st CCLC Grantees:  Important Notice About Upcoming Trainings

Greetings 21st CCLC Grantees,

We know you have been patiently waiting to confirm the dates and locations for our upcoming trainings.  Unfortunately, we were unable to get the locations of our Continuation Plan & CCIP Navigation Trainings changed to regional locations.

Therefore, please plan to attend one of the following dates, to receive updates on the Continuation Plan/grant renewal process, which is MANDATORY. If you need a refresher course navigating the CCIP, please plan to attend the OPTIONAL CCIP Navigation Training being offered in the afternoon session.

Continuation Plan and CCIP Training

*** DAS TRAININGS – Please be advised that all guests must park in the ‘DAS / GSD Employee & Visitor Parking’ lot. The ‘DAS / GSD Employee & Visitor Parking’ lot is located on the left, immediately after passing the cross walk and speed bumps. Guests should not park in the general parking lot, as this is for Surface Road employees and our Fleet Pool vehicles.

If you have any questions, please contact your regional consultant.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.  We look forward to seeing everyone!


Your 21st CCLC Team at ODE

Don’t Miss the OAN Pitch Challenge!

OAN Pitch Challenge!

OAN Pitch Challenge: Fun, Exciting and Easy to Implement

Research shows that cultivating an entrepreneurial mindset in students – skills such as initiative, self-reliance, adaptability, creativity, critical thinking, problem solving and communication – help pave the way for success in school and life.

The Ohio Afterschool Network is making it easy and fun to teach entrepreneurship: free K-12 Young Entrepreneur Pitch toolkit, webinars and technical assistance. Afterschool programs that serve high school students can participate in the OAN Pitch Challenge and give their students the opportunity to pitch their ideas, compete for prizes, and meet successful entrepreneurs.

Program can get involved in three easy steps:

  1. Register your high school program before March 2
  2.  Use the free Young Entrepreneur Pitch curriculum and get free resources to teach entrepreneurship
  3. Hold a pitch challenge in your program

The top two pitches advance to regional contests and the top regional pitches advance to the May 6th OAN State Pitch Challenge.

The May 6th OAN State Pitch Challenge, held in conjunction with COSI Science Festival, gives high school students an opportunity to explore COSI, cheer on competitors at the live pitch MC’d by Jeni Britton Bauer of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, and participate in clinics with successful entrepreneurs at Rev1 Ventures!  Tickets to COSI, lunch, and stipends to offset transportation costs are provided.

An informational webinar will be conducted on Thursday, January 16th at noon. Register here. A full day intensive training on teaching entrepreneurship to high school students will be held at the Ohio Afterschool Network Best Foot Forward Conference on Thursday, February 20th and a 90-minute for adults who work with elementary and middle school students will be held on Friday, February 21st.  More information is available here.

For more information Visit OAN’s website or contact Liz Nusken, liz@oanohio.org, for more information.

Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation Youth Grants NOW AVAILABLE!

Grants of up to $1,200 are available for youth leaders ages 5-25 across the U.S. to turn their ideas into action and make an impact on the issue of childhood hunger on Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) – April 17-19, 2020 – and during summer 2020. We are especially interested in projects that both help relieve hunger today and start to prevent hunger tomorrow. Learn more and apply by February 16 at www.YSA.org/SodexoYouth

Here are 8 ideas to get you started:

  1. Organize a food drive or fundraiser.
  2. Garden and grow healthy food.
  3. Fight food waste.
  4. Start a backpack feeding program.
  5. Volunteer at a food bank, pantry, or kitchen.
  6. Help people eat healthy while on a budget.
  7. Help families access SNAP, FRL, or summer meals.
  8. Advocate for policies that will end hunger.

Find tools and resources to help you lead projects for each of these ideas at www.YSA.org/SodexoYouth

Looking for additional inspiration? Check out these profiles of last year’s grantees:

If you have any questions about this program, please reach out to my colleague, Katie Reusch, at kreusch@ysa.org.