CCSA Answers: CCLC and Independent Study Schools

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February 22, 2012

Question: Can an independent study (IS) charter school apply for 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Program funding to help fund their after school program?

Answers: At the federal level, nothing prohibits Independent Study charter schools from applying for CCLC funds. At the state level, the highest priority goes to schools that both meet Title I requirements, and serve 40% Free and Reduced Lunch students.

If an IS charter school doesn't meet these thresholds, but is partnered with another organization or school that does, a partner organization or school can fill out the CCLC application and be the lead applicant, so that the IS school students can participate in the after school program. Or, if a charter school has on-site students that meet the priority threshold, then the IS students would be able to participate in the site-based charter school's after school program. The 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program was developed to encourage partnerships between schools, and between schools and community-based organizations.

Learn more on the CDE website

We've answered this member-submitted question, and provided additional context, in "How to Fund an After School Program."

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