Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers

**All 21st Century sites will be doing a virtual program for 2020. Please contact the site coordinator if you have any questions.**

Capital School District Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers Goals:

  • Increase school attendance and increase academic achievement of participating students in one or more academic areas
  • Increase school connectedness of participants, including families, caregivers, and school teachers and staff
  • Increase the capacity of participants to become productive adults

The Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers 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 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. 

The Nita M. Lowey 21st CCLC grant is authorized under, Title IV, Part B of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (P.L. 107-110), as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 and reauthorized by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015. The Nita M. Lowey 21st CCLC grant is administered by the Delaware Department of Education (DDOE) and provides funding for the establishment of community learning centers to provide students with academic enrichment opportunities. Ancillary services for parents such as literacy instruction may also be given.  Each Nina M. Lowey 21st CCLC Sub-Grantee may use the funds to carry out a broad array of before- and after-school activities (including those held during summer recess periods) to advance student achievement.
These activities include:

  • Remedial education activities and academic enrichment learning programs, including those which provide additional assistance to students to allow the students to improve their academic achievement;
  • Mathematics and science education activities;
  • Arts and music education activities;
  • Entrepreneurial education programs;
  • Homework assistance;
  • Enrichment (Science Technology Engineering, Art, Math - STEAM);
  • Community Service Projects;
  • Tutoring services, including those provided by senior citizen volunteers, and mentoring programs;
  • Programs that provide after-school activities for limited English proficient (LEP) students and that emphasize language skills and academic achievement;
  • Recreational activities;
  • Telecommunications and technology education programs;
  • Expanded library service hours;
  • Field trip experiences;
  • Programs that promote parental involvement and family literacy;
  • Programs that provide assistance to students who have been truant, suspended, or expelled to allow them to improve their academic achievement;
  • Drug and violence prevention programs;
  • Counseling programs; and
  • Character education programs.

Quality afterschool programs provide safe, engaging environments that motivate and inspire learning outside the regular school day.  While there is no one single formula for success in afterschool programs, both practitioners and researchers have found that effective programs combine academic, enrichment, cultural, and recreational activities to guide learning and engage children and youth in wholesome activities.  They also find that the best programs develop activities to meet the particular needs of the communities they serve.

Cohort 12-05 Capital School District and Junior Achievement of Delaware
East Dover Elementary School - After-school Program

Initial Grant Year: 2014

The program provides an array of clubs, such as healthy eating and lifestyles, swimming, skating, martial arts, Zumba fitness, cooking, technology,  homework help, and finance

Site Coordinator Contact Information:
Dwayne Henry       302.672.6670

Julie Giangiulio 


Cohort 15-01 Capital School District and Junior Achievement of Delaware
Central Middle School - After-school program
Initial Grant Year 2017
This program provides engaging academic and enrichment programming with prevention and social/emotional wellness activities

Site Coordinator Contact Information:
Natalie Way

Shan Green

Cohort 14-01 Capital School District and Junior Achievement of Delaware
Dover High School - After-School Program

Initial Grant Year: 2016

The program is a multifaceted resource and intervention for students. The daily program structure begins with academic support followed by an enrichment and recreation.
Site Coordinator Contact Information:
Alade Eason      302.241.2427

Courtney Voshell

Cohort 16 - Capital School District  and Junior Achievement of Delaware
William Henry Middle School - Summer and After-School Program
Initial Grant Year: 2018

The program will offer students enrichment, STEAM, homework help, recreation, leadership, and nutrition resources.  

Site Coordinator Contact Information:
Keanna Faison      302.672.1633

Charles Sheppard


Capital School District Contact Person: 
Jocelyn Brown    302.857.4224

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