Charleston, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) is pleased to announce the 2024 Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) grant award recipients. Local educational and youth service organizations will receive grants to support high-quality, academic-focused afterschool programs across the state. Funds are renewable for up to five years, contingent upon continued U.S. Department of Education (USDE) support, and grantees implementing and sustaining programs that meet federal and state requirements.

The 21st CCLC grant recipients are:

  • World Vision, Inc., Barbour County
  • The Boys and Girls Club of the Eastern Panhandle, Berkeley County
  • Southern Educational Services Cooperative, Fayette, Summers, and Webster Counties
  • Step By Step, Inc., Kanawha County
  • Marion County Schools
  • Playmates Preschool and Childcare Centers, Inc., Wayne County

These afterschool programs offer students access to learning and development support, homework assistance, tutoring, assistance in obtaining state educational standards and enrichment activities that complement their regular academic programs during out-of-school times. Grantees are also required to engage parents and caregivers in their children’s learning.

Additionally, the 2022 Bipartisan Safer Communities Act provided a small amount of funding to offer an afterschool program for middle and or high school students. This funding is specifically for organizations that are not currently 21st CCLC grantees. The two organizations that are awarded these grants are:

  • The Boys and Girls Club of the Eastern Panhandle
  • Tygart Valley United Way

For media inquiries, contact Christy Day, West Virginia Department of Education Office of Communications, at 304-558-2699 or

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