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.


NEW! - Request for Proposals for 21st Century Community Learning Center grants

We are pleased to announce that we have a Request For Proposals (RFP) for the federal 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant (Title IV, Part B of ESEA). The purpose of grant is to establish high-quality, out-of-school-time programs that focus on academic improvement and enrichment. 

Eligible Applicants

Grants are available to programs proposing to serve students who primarily attend schools eligible to operate a Title I Schoolwide Program, as well as those students’ families. Proposals must provide evidence of a clear, articulated partnership between, and must be submitted jointly by:

  1. A Local Education Agency (required), 
  2. A Community-Based Organization (required) and 
  3. Another public or private entity (optional, if appropriate). 
Any of the partners may be the lead applicant and fiscal agent.

State Priority Areas

Priority will be given to applications proposing to address either of the following two State Priority Areas:

  • Early Foundations
  • Advanced Learning

Additional opportunities for funding and partnership will be made available to programs that submit proposals that align to the goals of Rhode Island's PrepareRI action plan, developed through the New Skills for Youth initiative.

Key Dates

Bidders Conference webinar: Friday, March 10, 2017; 9:00-11:00 a.m. EST 
Intent to Apply Form Due Date:      Friday, March 24, 2017; 3:30 p.m. EDT
Application Due Date: Friday, April 21, 2017; 3:30 p.m. EDT
Programs Begin: Saturday, July 1, 2017

RFP and Forms

Applications must adhere to the criteria identified in the RFP and must include all required forms and appendices.


The following are questions from potential applicants about the RFP and responses from RIDE. Given the proximity to the deadline, questions are no longer being accepted.

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