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Susanne Smith, (503) 947-5637

February 24, 2009

Superintendent Castillo Announces New Round of 21st Century Community Learning Center Grants

SALEM - State Schools Superintendent Susan Castillo announced today that the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) has opened the next competition for $4.5 million in funds for 21st Century Community Learning Center grants. This program supports the creation of community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools. The program helps students meet state and local standards in core academic subjects, such as reading and math; offers students a broad array of enrichment activities that can complement their regular academic programs; and offers literacy and other educational services to the families of participating children.

Eligible entities include, but are not limited to, school districts, education service districts, community and faith-based organizations. Schools and community organizations are encouraged to apply as partners.

o The 21st CCLC 2009 request for proposals and application are posted on the ODE website at http://www.ode.state.or.us/go/21cclc.

The 21st CCLC application has been revised since previous competitions, so applicants should make sure they download the 2009 grant application. Completed grant applications must be received at ODE by 5 p.m. April 17. Successful proposals will be funded as of July 1, 2009.

To help partnerships develop high quality applications, ODE will offer one technical assistance session on March 2 at the Labor & Industries Building in Salem. Pre-registration for this technical assistance session is required. Pre-registration may be accessed through ODE’s 21st CCLC website: http://www.ode.state.or.us/go/21cclc.

o A resource packet has also been posted for all applicants at ODE’s 21st CCLC website: http://www.ode.state.or.us/go/21cclc.

o Additional assistance may be obtained by contacting Sue Parton at sue.parton@state.or.us eMail , (503) 947-5783 or Pete Ready at pete.ready@state.or.us eMail , (503) 947-5785.

For more information about 21st CCLC, see U.S. Department of Education’s 21st CCLC website at http://www.ed.gov/21stcclc. The site includes links to a variety of useful resources for program implementation and planning.

Susan Castillo, State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Gene Evans, Communications Director, Telephone (503) 947-5737

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