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21st Century Community Learning Center Request for Application for 2007-2010; Announcement

[37 Pa.B. 2520]
[Saturday, June 2, 2007]

   The Department of Education (Department), Bureau of Community and Student Services, announces the availability of Federal grant funding for Fiscal Years (FY) 2007-2010 for 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) and the release of Cohort 4, Request for Applications (RFA).

   The 21st CCLC Program provides Federal funding for the establishment of community learning centers that provide academic, artistic and cultural enrichment opportunities for children, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools, to meet State and local standards in core academic subjects; to offer students a broad array of activities that can complement their regular academic programs and to offer literacy and other educational services to the families of participating children. Grantees must provide academic enrichment activities to students when school is not in session (before school, after school and/or during holidays or summer recess) and help them meet state and local standards in core content areas such as reading, math and science.

   Centers may also offer participants a broad array of other services and programs, including art, music, character education, service learning, recreation activities and technology education. Ancillary services for adult family members, such as literacy instruction, may also be given.

   Contracts with successful applicants will be issued for a 3-year period beginning October 1, 2007, with the possibility of continuation for an additional 2-year period. The minimum grant award is $50,000 per year.

   Eligible Applicants:  Federal law mandates per section 4203(a)(3) that any public or private organization may apply for CCLC funding if it proposes to serve: (1) students who primarily attend; (a) schools eligible for school wide programs under Title I, section 1114 of the No Child Left Behind Act; or (b) schools that serve a high percentage of students (at least 40%) from low-income families; and (2) the families of students described in item (1).

   Application Information:  Detailed information outlining grant terms and conditions, pertinent regulations and the application process is contained in the 21st CCLC RFA FY 2007-2010 document, which may be secured by these methods:

   *  Online at the Department's website at www.pde. state.pa.us/21stcclc.

   *  Email request: Susan D'Annunzio at sdannunzio@ state.pa.us, Deb Klabe at dklabe@state.pa.us or Jackie LaPlaca at jlaplaca@state.pa.us.

   *  Telephone questions will be accepted at (717) 783-6466 or TTY (717) 783-8445.

   Applications must be received by 4 p.m. on Friday, June 29, 2007, at the Bureau of Community and Student Services, 333 Market Street, 5th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333. Applications submitted after that time will be ineligible for consideration, as will be faxed or emailed applications. Mail original and five copies of application to Deana Zerby, 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program, Department of Education, 333 Market Street, 5th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333.

   Grant Award Selection and Notification:  The Department has developed a competitive application and peer review process that ensures that awards are made through an open and fair grant award process. Notice of funding availability will be disseminated through publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin; the Department website; direct notification of all local educational agencies through Penn LINK and email to interested parties who have contacted Department in the past 2 years.

   Preproposal Conferences:  The Department will conduct one preproposal workshop in Camp Hill on Wednesday, May 30, 2007, and one Elluminate® Webinar on Tuesday, June 5, 2007, where attendees will be provided information about the goals and priorities of the 21st CCLC Program, application procedures, evaluation criteria and technical assistance and resource information about high-quality programming and related State and Federal requirements.

   The Camp Hill workshop will be held on Wednesday, May 30, 2007, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Radisson Penn Harris Hotel, 1150 Camp Hill Bypass, Camp Hill, PA 17011 with registration from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. The workshop will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. Responses to questions asked at the preproposal workshops will be posted on the Department's website www.pde.state.pa.us/21stcclc. The Elluminate® session will be held on Tuesday, June 5, 2007, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Registration will be limited to the first 100 who register.

   Registration for both workshops will open on Monday, May 21, 2007. Please register for either the Radisson Penn Harris workshop or the Elluminate® workshop at www.21stcclc.org/cohort4_information_sessions.php.

GERALD L. ZAHORCHAK, D. Ed.,   
Secretary

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 07-973. Filed for public inspection June 1, 2007, 9:00 a.m.]



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