21st Century Community Learning Centers

Beyond the school day support to help Ohio students succeed

21st CCLC Programming – UPDATED Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance [as of 3-25-20]

Greetings 21st CCLC Grantees,

The updated information – to help inform the actions of 21st Century Community Learning Centers program providers during this period – is now available for your review on the ODE website HEREIt will also be on the Program Monitoring Resources page moving forward.

Please refer to this information as you continue practicing social distancing to flatten the curve and slow the spread of COVID-19. The guide will assist you and your staff as you continue to support your students and families. You should refer to the document for the list of the appropriate 21st CCLC program staff to contact, if you have inquiries.

Thank you again for your patience, and please disseminate this information to all 21st Century Community Learning Centers program staff.

Regularly updated Ohio Department of Education news regarding COVID-19 available

The Ohio Department of Education’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) web page provides information and resources regarding the ordered school-building closure including an FAQ document that is updated regularly.

During the ordered school-building closure period, schools may continue to receive reimbursement for meals served by participating in the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) or the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). Schools may operate as open, restricted open or targeted outreach sites. Refer to the map and map site key for available meal service in your area.

Please check the aforementioned site for updates as they become available.

Free Zoom training opportunities for all Ohio school districts!

Zoom video collaboration software enables teachers and students take part in high-quality, live, online learning opportunities. Zoom requires no special technology, and participants can use it on any platform including Windows, Mac, iOS, Android and Chromebooks. Students situated remotely and lacking computers or smart devices still can receive audio instruction using a telephone.

Educators who missed the last Zoom training can attend the next Zoom as a Teacher-Host webinar series or watch any of the previously recorded webinars online. There is no fee or registration for the webinars.

21st CCLC Programming – Coronavirus (COVID-19) UPDATE

Greetings 21st CCLC Grantees,

During the ordered school-building closure period, school buildings are closed to students. The goal of this action is to slow the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) to ensure the health and safety of our state and local communities. The governor, however, has directed that schools should work to provide education through alternative means to the extent practicable and based on each district and school’s capacity.

21st Century Community Learning Centers program providers can be an important component to continuing to support students. However, it is likely that delivery of program activities will be different during this closure period. When making decisions about program activities involving students, providers should consider the following three questions. These considerations are designed to drive practical approaches that are sensitive to ensuring the health and safety of students, educators and the community:

1. Is the activity essential?

2. Can the activity be done virtually?

3. If there is no other choice, can the activity be done safely? This means individuals are separated by distance, not congregating in close proximity and the health of participants (students, educators and others) is protected.

Consulting the local health department is advisable and encouraged.

Please find the 21st CCLC/COVID-19 Guidance Document – for your reference.  It will also be on the Program Monitoring Resources page moving forward.

The information in this document is intended to help inform the actions of 21st Century Community Learning Centers program providers during this period. Please refer to Ohio Department of Education’s website for up-to-date information.

As we are practicing social distancing to flatten the curve and slow the spread of COVID-19, there are ways to be flexible and creative in how we continue to support our students most in need. The guidance document provides you with a list of the appropriate program staff to contact, if you have inquiries.

Thank you for your patience, and please disseminate this information to all 21st Century Community Learning Centers program staff.

IMPORTANT NOTICE – To Current 21st CCLC Grantees

Greetings 21st Century Program Managers and Staff:

We would like to thank you all for your dedication to serving Ohio students in our after-school programs. The Department is in receipt of all your inquiries during Ohio’s ordered school building closures. During this period of school building closures, all 21st CCLC programs are required to shut down to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

We are anticipating detailed guidance internally (ODE) and externally (USDOE) to assist in responding to your inquiries. At this juncture, our office cannot provide guidance regarding the use of funds for payment of staffWe also cannot advise on if remote program activities are allowable in terms of sustaining program activity during this time.

All planning and programming should be placed on hold until further guidance has been provided. We will keep you all informed as we learn more.  Please continue to reach out and let us know how we can assist you.



21st CCLC Program Shares – March 2020

Kudos to Omega Community Development Corporation, Western Buckeye ESC and Richmond Heights Local SD for the work they are doing for their youth and families via the 21st CCLC grant program, and the impact it is leaving on the communities served!

Please read below for more information for each grantee’s current work/accomplishments through March 2020:

Omega Community Development Corporation (Southwest Region) – Monthly Newsletter – March 2020

*Click on the image for the full newsletter*

Omega - March 2020 Newsletter Clip

Western Buckeye ESC (Northwest Region) – Programming Highlights

The 21st CCLC site at Grover Hill Elementary hosted Buckeyeman, who talked about the benefits and joys of testing.  This was an assembly for the school to hear that everything you want to do in life revolves around taking some kind of test.  Drivers license, schooling, etc.


Richmond Heights Local School District (Northeast Region) – Programming Highlights

In their 21st CCLC program at Richmond Heights Local Schools, the students of the RiseUp Afterschool Program are leading a broadcasting club called Spartan Nation News (after their mascot).

The students have been creating news segments – creating a special edition called Becoming Black History.  They have featured late comedian John Witherspoon, award-winning gymnast Simone Biles, and now, late basketball superstar Kobe Bryant.

Check out the Kobe Bryant edition below, as well as the link for a commercial students created, to spread the word about their program!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IylV2XHn7BE  (Kobe)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=352rDZUbHjg (program commercial)


If you have program highlights that you would like to share, please email Charmaine Davis-Bey with a brief description and any attachments/links at charmaine.davis@education.ohio.gov by the 9th of every month:




Registration is NOW OPEN: 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.

Registration has officially opened, with the early discount available until March 13.  Please click on the link below for more information on this year’s conference and registration:


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.

Please click HERE for the official conference flyer – for your reference and to share within your networks!


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