National Policy

21st Century Community Learning Centers Initiative

The 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21CCLC) program is part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), is the only dedicated stream of federal funding for before- and afterschool and summer learning. The program was originally a federal to local program administered by the US Department of Education (USDE), but now funds are transferred from the USDE to the state education agency for administration. In Missouri's case, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) administers the program and awards grants to school districts or local community-based organizations.

For more information about the 21CCLC process in Missouri, visit DESE's Afterschool Division page.

To read more about the 21CCLC Initiative, check out the resources below:

21st Century Community Learning Centers Fact Sheet

21CCLC Frequently Asked Questions

Child Care Development Block Grant Program

The federal Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) is a grant program that is part of the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF), and is geared toward providing child care assistance for low-income families. The Missouri Department of Social Services (DSS), Children’s Division is the lead agency for the funds. CCDF is used to subsidize child care costs for low income families; full, half and part-time child care and before- and afterschool care for school-age children up to age 13.

In addition to the child care subsidies provided by the CCDBG funds, Missouri DSS also utilizes a portion of the funds to establish the Out-of-School Time (OST) community partnerships program, which provides afterschool programming through partnerships with community-based organizations in St. Louis and Kansas City.

For more information about the CCDBG program:

Child Care and Development Block Grant Program

Other Child Care and Development Funds

In addition to the CCDF funds distributed to the state through CCDBG, a portion of the CCDF funds awarded to DSS are sub-granted to DESE to administer the School Age Community (SAC) Grant Program.

For more information about the SAC Grant Program:

School Age Community Grant Program Application

SAC Program Frequently Asked Questions



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