(105 ILCS 5/2-3.61a)
21st Century Community Learning Center Grant Program.
(a) The State Board of Education shall be the designated agency responsible
administration of programs under Part I of Subchapter X of Chapter 70 of the
and Secondary Education Act of 1965.
(b) The State Board of Education shall establish and implement a 21st
Community Learning Center Grant Program, in accordance with federal guidelines,
grants to support whole child-focused after-school programs that are aligned with the regular academic programs of a school and the academic needs of students. These grants shall be used to help those students who attend high-poverty, low-performing schools meet State and local performance standards in core academic subjects and, if applicable, increase school day attendance and improve social-emotional skills and to offer opportunities for families of participating students to have meaningful engagement in their children's education that are linked to learning and healthy development outcomes. If appropriate, external stakeholder feedback shall be gathered and used to inform the grant application.
The State Board of Education shall award grants to eligible applicants
that are of sufficient size and scope to implement effective
after-school programs, to ensure reasonable success of achieving the goals
identified in the grant
application, and to offer those activities that are necessary to achieve these
goals and performance indicators and measures with a direct link to student achievement.
(c) Using State funds, subject to appropriation, and any federal funds
the State Board of Education may establish any other grant programs that are
establish high-quality, academically based, after-school programs that include
(d) The State Board of Education may adopt any rules necessary to implement
(Source: P.A. 100-1046, eff. 8-23-18.)