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Afterschool Showcase: A Bevy of Afterschool Winners

This year, many afterschool legislator winners were named by the Afterschool Alliance. Afterschool Champions included Senators. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), and Representatives Bobby Scott (D-Va.) and Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.). Each spoke eloquently and compassionately about the need for quality afterschool programs. Other notable supporters included Randi Weingarten, president, American Federation of Teachers; Dale Austermuhl, afterschool parent, Fairbanks, Alaska; and Wanda Hill, afterschool (grand)parent, Denton, Md.

The Dollar General Afterschool Literacy Award was awarded to Columbus State Community College’s ESL Afterschool Communities. Entertainment included a dance performance by the ACE Academy from Takoma Park, Md. The Afterschool Alliance stated that, “The Afterschool Showcase highlighted the breadth of innovative programming offered across the country from performing arts, literacy and STEM to civic engagement and youth leadership.”



2017-20 Cohort 9 RFA

Important Dates
• Letter of intent due: May 4, 2017
• Applications due: May 26, 2017
• Grant period: October 1, 2017 – September 30, 2020

The 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) grant is a competitive grant that provides federal funding to establish community learning centers that provide academic, artistic and cultural enrichment opportunities for students and their families. These opportunities must occur during non-school hours or periods when school is not in session to help students attending high-poverty and low-performing schools to meet state and local standards in core academic subjects. Centers must also offer students a broad array of activities that can complement their regular academic programs, to offer literacy and other educational services to their families.