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Ohio's 21st Century Community Learning Centers' Advisory Team


21st Century Community Learning Centers have served Ohio children since 1998, first as grants from the Federal Government directly to local school districts. After the 2001 renewal of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (known as No Child Left Behind), administration of these grants shifted from the Federal to State Government. The first full year the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) administered 21st Century Community Learning Centers was 2002. In 2003 ODE funded 2 conferences for 21st Century Community Learning Centers, a one day conference in February and a 2-day, 6 track conference in October. In 2004 ODE contracted with Ohio State University to gather and disseminate research based best practice information on academic support, youth development, family engagement, community partnerships, health and social services, sustainability, and evaluation. Collaboratively, the Ohio State University and the Ohio Department of Education have developed what is now termed the Legacy Team for Ohio's 21st Century Community Learning Centers. This team is compiled of key leaders from 21st CCLC sites and will be charged with enhancing centers across the state. These team members are helping to develop an evaluation rubric as well as hold brown bag networking meetings for sites across the state. -