In February of 2023, the Ohio Department of Education awarded Open Doors Academy with a grant to continue serve as the lead trainer for the state's 21st Century Community Learning Center Program (21st CCLC). ODA was first selected to perform this role in 2018. The current contract is for three years with the possibility of a two-year extension.
The 21st CCLC program focuses on funding expanded learning time (ELT) and out-of-school time (OST) education, both of which align academic services to the needs of students and state academic standards. According to the Ohio Department of Education, the CCLC program “provides opportunities for children who come from economically disadvantaged families and attend low-performing schools to receive academic supports.”
In this role, ODA provides professional development, coaching, and program evaluation services to 236 agencies across Ohio that receive support from the 21st CCLC program to serve students from kindergarten through high school. In addition, ODA will host an annual two-day conference for Ohio’s 21st CCLC grant recipients.
In coming years, ODA will train and empower over 500 education professionals annually to provide equitable and high-quality out-of-school time (OST) programs. By supporting other grantees in their efforts to increase the quality and improve the execution of their programs, we will indirectly reach over 40,000 students across the state each year.