Lunch and Learn on February 23rd

Join us for a 30-minute lunch and learn, where we will share what our Collaborative Learning Environment is all about. Daryle Rodgers will speak on his first-hand experience. We’ll cover how the virtual learning system:

 •Provides training that is proven effective by studies in influencing knowledge and quality outcomes in afterschool

•Saves time (preparation, administration, reporting)

•Gives staff the tools they need and a way to easily ensure compliance

•Provides a consistency purposeful professional development process

•Reduces turnover & increase quality

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, February 23rd at noon!

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, February 23rd at noon!

Request for Proposals now open for 21st CCLC Grants

The Virginia Department of Education is pleased to announce the availability of 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) grant funds to be awarded to school divisions and eligible organizations to support the implementation of community learning centers that will assist student learning and development.

The Department will fund projects that provide significantly expanded learning opportunities for children and youth and that will assist students in meeting or exceeding state and local standards in core academic subjects. Applicants eligible to submit a proposal for this competition are school divisions, nonprofit agencies, city or county government agencies, faith-based organizations, institutions of higher education, and for-profit corporations.

Read the full superintendent’s memo here.

Technical assistance webinars are scheduled as outlined below.

·      21st CCLC RFP Webinar #1

o   Link: 21st CCLC RFP Webinar 1

o   Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2021

o   Time: 9:00 a.m.

o   Meeting ID: 897 8368 4120

o   Passcode: 352555

·      21st CCLC RFP Webinar #2 (This is a repeat)

o   Link: 21st CCLC RFP Webinar 2

o   Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2021

o   Time: 2:00 p.m.

o   Meeting ID: 898 3446 7929

o   Passcode: 975786

Applications for 21st CCLC competitive grant funds must be received by 4 p.m. on Friday, April 9, 2021The application and Guidelines, Instructions, and Assurances documents are available upon request from

The completed application and attachments must be emailed to

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Marsha Granderson at or (804) 786-1993.

Request for Qualifications now open from VDOE, 21st CCLC

Are you a vendor interested in working with 21st CCLC programs? The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is seeking unsealed qualifications from vendors that wish to be added to Virginia’s External Organizations ListIn accordance with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Title IV, Part B, Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC), the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is required to provide a list of prescreened external organizations such as nonprofit organization with a record of success in running or working with out-of-school time (OST) or those supporting OST programs. If interested, please see the Request for Qualifications. Please note, completed forms will be accepted until 2:00PM, Monday, February 1, 2021. Forms received after that date will not be considered. 

October 22, 2020 is Lights on Afterschool

Lights on Afterschool might look a little different this year, but shining a light on afterschool and summer learning programs, and their unique role in the community is more important than ever.

Virginia Out-of-School Time Town Hall

On Tuesday, July 21, 2020, close to 250 out-of-school time professionals and advocates joined Dr. James Lane, Superintendent of Public Instruction at the Virginia Department of Education to discuss out-of-school programs partnering with schools during reopening. Facilitated by Shanelle Ebanks of the Richmond Out-of-School Time Alliance and Blaire Denson of VPOST, hot topics included different reopening scenarios, funding and the role of the out-of-school time community.

Pandemic Response Resources for VA Programs

In response to the new reality of our world, a plethora of online resources have become available. At times it can be overwhealming. We’ve curated information and resources, available on on our Resource Exchange, that are specifically relevant to Virginia’s out-of-school time community. We are continuously updating this page as situations shift and new information becomes available. If you have resources or information you think would be helpful to the greater community, e-mail our Professional Development and Quality Coordinator, Christine, at

How has your afterschool program adapted to the pandemic?

Help us showcase the ways that your program is responding to the pandemic. We want to celebrate your work, as well as help programs across Virginia feel connected and learn from one another! Complete our questionaire and we may feature your program on our website, social media accounts, and in our newsletter.