After-school Programs &
21st Century Community Learning Centers

Student playing chessAfter-school programs provide children and teens with safe places to try new activities, develop new skills, have fun, and learn. RIDE also oversees 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLCs). These are federally funded, high quality after-school and summer programs. They provide students with academic support, enrichment and school engagement. They complement students' regular academic program.

Find an After-school Program in Your Area.

The Rhode Island Afterschool Plus Alliance (RIASPA) maintains maps of after-school programs and summer programs across the state. They also have a checklist to bring with you when you visit the site, to help you decide if the program is of high quality.

The Providence After School Alliance (PASA) collaborates with the city and the community to operate citywide systems of programs for middle school youth (the AfterZone) and for high school youth (the Hub) in Providence.

RIDE provides funds to support the development of high quality after-school and summer programs through a competitive process that prioritizes high poverty areas. All 21st CCLCs must show a partnership between the target school(s) and a community- or faith-based organization.

RIDE currently supports after school and summer programs in over 50 elementary, middle and high schools, serving over 10,000 students each year. The funded programs operate after school programs, school vacation week programs, and summer programs.

Program Information

21st CCLC programs provide a broad array of opportunities for students and their families including such things as:

  • Academic Supports: homework help, tutoring, hands-on science, math clubs, literacy activities, SAT preparation, and more;
  • Arts: dance, theatre, music, visual arts, ceramics, etc.
  • Physical Activity: martial arts, swimming, soccer, baseball, sailing, skating, yoga, basketball, personal training, etc.
  • Youth Development: leadership development, social skills, violence prevention, mediation skills, community service, etc.
  • Health Promotion: nutrition education, healthy cooking, substance abuse prevention, good decision-making, physical activity, etc.
  • Family Engagement: family events, family field trips, adult education, etc.
  • Career Exploration and College Access: community service, internships, job shadowing, college visits, college application support, etc.

Schools with 21st CCLCs

Charter /
State-operated Schools
Central Falls Cranston
Highlander Charter
Paul Cuffee School
Learning Community
Met School
Calcutt MS
Central Falls HS
Ella Risk ES
Veterans ES
Bain MS
Gladstone ES
East Providence Newport North Kingstown
Hennessey ES Pell ES
Rogers HS
Thompson MS
Davisville MS
Quidnessett ES
Pawtucket Providence West Warwick
Baldwin ES
Cunningham ES
Curvin-McCabe ES
Fallon Memorial ES
Curtis ES
Goff Jr. HS
Greene ES
Jenks Jr. HS
Little ES
Potter-Burns ES
Shea HS
Slater Jr. HS
Tolman HS
Varieur ES
Winters ES
Academy for Career Exploration
Carnevale ES
Central HS
Classical HS
D'Abate ES
DelSesto MS
Esek Hopkins MS
Gilbert Stuart MS
Hope HS
Juanita Sanchez Ed. Complex
Martin Luther King ES
Nathan Bishop MS
Pleasant View ES
Robert Bailey ES
Roger Williams MS
Deering MS

Citizens ES
Coleman ES
Hope St. Child Care Ctr.
Woonsocket HS
Woonsocket MS

Current Grantees

Current grantee list and contact information [PDF, 265KB].

Current Grantees

Current grantee list and contact information [PDF, 265KB].

Support, Accountability and Quality Improvement

To ensure that  21st Century CCLCs in Rhode Island are as effective as possible, a comprehensive system of support, accountability, and quality improvement  has been developed.


  • All program directors and select staff participate in professional development and training opportunities.
  • Programs staff participate in monthly network meetings (2015 schedule, DOC, 14KB).
  • You for Youth is a website developed by the USDOE to provide professional development for 21st CCLC program directors, partners and staff.
  • Lights on Afterschool! Breakfast of Champions
    RIASPA is pleased to present the 12th annual Lights On Afterschool! Breakfast of Champions on Friday, October 24, at the Providence Marriott Downtown on Orms Street. This year’s theme is Redefining Education, Redefining Success. This event will call attention to the critical need for and importance of afterschool and summer programs to children, youth, families, and communities; and increase awareness and support among policymakers, funders, and other decision makers. Learn more and register now!


  • All grantees use data collection systems to track such things as attendance, grades, homework completion, classroom behavior, state assessment scores, etc. and submit data on an annual basis to the federal reporting system (known as PPICS).
  • All grantees are required to participate in a state-directed monitoring process that assesses grantee and program compliance with state performance expectations and federal requirements, using the Quality Assurance Evidence [DOC, 43KB] guidance and checklists.
  • All grantees are required to submit an annual plan (instructions, cover/signatures, assurances, plan narrative, budget narrative, budget) in the spring for the upcoming school year, as well as an annual progress report in the summer on the previous school year (progress report).

Quality Improvement

Rhode Island Intermediary Organizations

RI’s 21st CCLC initiative collaborates and partners with our state’s two out-of-school-time intermediary organizations:


A commitment to evaluation at both the state and local levels is central to the RI's 21st Century Community Learning Center initiative. The latest results from the statewide evaluation show: 

  • a statistically significant reduction in unexcused absences for students who participate in RI 21st CCLCs for at least 30 days per year (the effect was even stronger for those who participate 60 days or more), 
  • a statistically significant reduction in disciplinary suspensions for students who participate in RI 21st CCLCs for at least 30 days per year (the effect was even stronger for those who participate 60 days or more)
  • a small improvement in NECAP scores for RI 21st CCLC participants, although that was statistically significant only for Reading at the 30 days or more participation level.

Please see the full evaluation report [PDF, 1.7MB] or the summary brief [PDF, 927KB] for more information. The next phase of the statewide evaluation will focus on indicators of quality, as well as intermediate academic indicators, which may be more likely to show the impact of 21st CCLCs more clearly.

Federal Statutes and Guidance

The 21st Century Community Learning Center initiative was established by Title IV, Part B of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. More information and guidance is available in the federal Non-Regulatory Guidance [PDF]. 

Additional federal guidance is available on various topics including:

RIDE Guidance and Resources

The following documents are intended to provide additional clarification on administrative issues for 21st CCLC programs: