Per the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Title IV, Part B, 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC), the
Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is required to provide a list of prescreened external
organizations. The term “external organization” is defined, by ESSA, as: “(A) a nonprofit organization with a record of
success in running or working with before and after school (or summer recess) programs and activities; or (B) in the case
of a community where there is no such organization, a nonprofit organization in the community that enters into a
written agreement or partnership with an organization described in subparagraph (A) to receive mentoring and
guidance in running or working with before and afterschool (or summer recess) programs and activities” (ESSA, section
For a list of external organizations or how to apply, please go to: https://dese.mo.gov/quality-schools/grants-resources/extended-learning/news-and-updates.