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New Mexico Public Education Department: 21st Century Community Learning Centers

Deadline: March 15, 2016

21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) programs will serve students who attend high poverty and low performing schools throughout New Mexico. High Quality 21st Century CCLC programs will:

1. Work to meet the New Mexico 21st CCLC selected statewide student outcomes and performance measures at each community learning center, including to:

  • Maintain and improve student academic achievement in language arts and math
  • Design and deliver a 21st CCLC program which meets the needs of all constituent groups
  • Implement a program that engages students

2. Provide 21st CCLC services for students as follows:

  • Provide services for students who attend NMPED identified and approved high-poverty and low-performing schools
  • Provide programming outside of the traditional learning day or periods when school is not in session, such as before and after school, holidays, weekends, or summer recess
  • Meet and document, at a minimum, the program delivery requirement at each learning center: eight hours per week for a minimum of 30 weeks
  • Provide PED-approved balanced program offerings that reinforce content introduced during the traditional learning day and provide real world applications of content by providing all of the following services: 1) academic enrichment opportunities such as homework assistance or small group tutoring; 2) an array of programming that connects academic learning to the real world through hands-on, project-based applications such as STEM, artist enrichment, community service projects or nutrition and physical activity; 3) connections to colleges and careers; and 4) programming that fosters positive youth development through activities such as cultural appreciation, drug and violence prevention, character education, and counseling
  • Provide U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved snacks and/or meals for participating students using resources other than 21st CCLC funds
  • Demonstrate and document partnership(s) with participating community resources
  • Demonstrate and document partnership(s) with participating local education agencies (LEAs) and principals from targeted schools
  • Ensure a 75% attendance rate in the 21st CCLC program for students for 30 or more days during the year
  • Provide access to learning and developmental opportunities for children with disabilities

3. Provide services to families of participating students, including to:

  • Recruit families of participating students to engage in educational services provided for them by 21st CCLC
  • Recruit families of participating students to attend events that showcase student work and learning

4. Partner with the community to provide services that include:

  • Recruit background check approved volunteers to work with students and/or families
  • Secure partnerships with outside organizations in the community to provide services for students and/or families

5. Provide data to the NMPED and U.S. Department of Education (USDE) regarding program implementation.

6. Provide district/organization level leadership, including a program director who will be responsible for providing leadership to the program and will ensure quality control.

7. Ensure fiscal accountability throughout the funding cycle.

8. Provide all required supporting documentation when subcontracting with an outside business entity. Funds may be used to enter into subcontracting agreements for the provision of 21st CCLC program activities that are beyond the capacity of the grantee. If all program activities can be provided by the grantee, it is still an expectation that one subcontractor provide services for students at each community learning center at least once each semester to promote and enhance community involvement in the 21st CCLC program.

Eligibility: Any public or private entity proposing to serve students who attend a qualifying school.

Amount: Contract awards will be made. Awards will be $50,000 or higher (no maximum amount is specified). Funding is provided in a four year cycle.

Link: http://ped.state.nm.us/ped/rfps.html

Notes: A recommended pre-proposal conference will be held on February 26, 2016.

Applicants must notify their community of their intent to apply prior to submission of the proposal, and to disseminate information, if awarded funding, about the 21st CCLC program to the community.

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