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Wolf Administration Announces $22 Million in Community Learning Centers Grants

June 5, 2019
Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) today announced $22 million in 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) grants have been awarded to a variety of educational institutions, faith-based partners and community partners. The grants are used to provide opportunities to low-income areas struggling to aid students in their academic achievements.

“Twenty-first Century Learning Center grants provide critical investments for communities to expand educational opportunities for students and families,” Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera said. “This year’s recipients were selected with an emphasis on improving educational equity and expanding the geographic reach of Pennsylvania’s programs. As a result, more students across the state will have access to wellness, literacy, and career and technical education programs, among others.”

PDE established the following state priorities for 21st CCLC funding for 2019-2024:

  • STEM/STEAM education;
  • Workforce, career readiness, and college readiness;
  • Planning for transitional vocational/technical services;
  • High school credit recovery;
  • Underserved geographic locations; and
  • Schools designated for CSI and/or ATSI designated schools

In response to the 2019-24 request for applications, PDE received 99 grant applications requesting more than $30 million dollars. There were eight review teams organized by the 21st CCLC geographic regions which took into consideration the state priorities when evaluating the applications.

The 21st CCLC program is authorized under Title IV, Part B of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act. The federal funds are intended to provide students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools with additional services to meet state and local standards. Grants may be used to establish and expand community learning centers, provide academic enrichment, youth development services, and literacy programs.

As part of Governor Wolf’s initiative, the 21st CCLC improves access to high-quality education and is a hallmark of the Schools That Teach initiative.

The grantees that will receive funding as part of the 2019-2024 cohort are listed below.


County  Grantee Amount School Districts
Adams Center for Youth and Development $600,000 Bermudian Springs SD, Conewago Valley SD, Upper Adams SD, Fairfield ASD
Allegheny Boys & Girls Club of Western PA $60,160 McKeesport ASD
Allegheny Center That Cares $180,000 Pittsburgh SD
Allegheny Higher Achievement Inc. $220,500 Pittsburgh SD
Allegheny McKeesport Area School District $105,000 McKeesport ASD
Allegheny Propel Charter School $400,000 Propel CS
Allegheny Provident Charter School $400,000 Provident CS
Bedford Everett Area School District $506,000 Everett ASD
Berks Pottstown School District $400,000 Pottstown SD
Bradford Northeast Bradford School District $331,038 Northeast Bradford SD
Bradford Sayre Area School District $600,000 Sayre ASD
Bradford YMCA Twin Tiers $138,000 Bradford ASD
Bucks Bensalem Township School District $400,000 Bensalem Township SD
Bucks Bensalem Township School District $400,000 Bensalem Township SD
Bucks Bristol Borough School District $165,000 Bristol Borough SD
Bucks YMCA Bucks County $91,200 Bristol Township ASD
Cambria Greater Johnstown School District $400,000 Greater Johnstown SD
Cambria Respective Solutions $600,000 Central Cambria SD, Cambria Heights SD, Glendale SD, Portage ASD
Carbon/Schuylkill Lehigh Carbon Community College $210,000 Panther Valley ASD, Shenandoah Valley SD, Palmerton SD
Chester Chester Community Charter School $300,000 Chester Community CS
Chester Chester County Intermediate Unit $150,000 Kennett Consolidated SD
Chester Chester County Intermediate Unit $400,000 Kennett Consolidated SD
Chester Chester County Intermediate Unit $400,000 Coatesville ASD
Crawford Meadville MLK Jr. Scholarship Fund $98,780 Crawford Central SD
Crawford Titusville YMCA $161,000 Titusville Area SD
Dauphin Salvation Army Harrisburg Capitol City Region $399,000 Steelton-Highspire SD
Delaware Chester Upland School District $400,000 Chester Upland SD
Delaware Southeast Delco School District $399,180 Southeast Delco SD
Erie Mercyhurst University $400,000 Erie City SD
Erie Mercyhurst University $600,000 Northwestern SD
Erie Union City Area School District $268,314 Union City ASD
Fayette/Westmoreland Private Industry Council $367,500 Connellsville ASD, Southmoreland SD
Lackawanna Northeastern Intermediate Unit $399,099 Scranton SD
Lancaster La Academia Partnership Charter School $78,000 La Academia Partnership CS
Lebanon Lebanon School District $400,000 Lebanon SD
Lehigh Allentown City School District $400,000 Allentown City SD
Lehigh Allentown City School District $400,000 Allentown City SD
Lehigh Allentown City School District $400,000 Allentown City SD
Lehigh Casa Guadalupe $149,997 Allentown City SD
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