Federal & State Regulations and Guidance
The 21st Century Community Learning Centers team focuses on assisting our Arizona grantees in building and sustaining comprehensive afterschool programs. In order to continuously provide better assistance, fiscal and programmatic grant tools have been complied and made available on-line.
*A physical copy of the handbook will be provided during Grantee Leadership Orientation (GLO). This can also be provided upon request from your assigned program specialist.
*The Arizona Department of Education is not responsible for controlling or guaranteeing the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of this outside information. Further, the inclusion of information or a hyperlink or URL does not reflect the importance of the organization, nor is it intended to endorse any views expressed, or products or services offered.
21st CCLC Logo & Language Requirements
Mandatory language and logo is required, acknowledging that programming is being funded and supported through Arizona Department of Education’s 21st CCLC grants.
All publications such as:
- Registration forms
- Other printed materials used for your 21st CCLC program must include the Arizona 21st CCLC logo and language.
To save the 21st CCLC Logo, click on the link to enlarge, then right click on the image and select ‘Save picture as…’ Proceed to save image for site use. Or click on the link below and follow the same directions. If you are having difficulty
Written Language In addition to the AZ 21st CCLC logo, all publications for your 21st CCLC program should include one of the following options:
Option #1: The 21st Century Community Learning Centers afterschool program is funded by a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Education and administered by the Arizona Department of Education. For more information visit: http://www.azed.gov/21stcclc/
Option #2: The [insert your program name] afterschool program is funded by a 21st Century Community Learning Centers federal grant from the U.S. Department of Education and administered by the Arizona Department of Education. For more information visit: http://www.azed.gov.
Coding/Classifying Budget Expenditures Correctly
Grant applicants and grantees should always consult with their own finance office and the continuously updated Chart of Accounts at the Arizona Auditor General site for Arizona School Districts or for Arizona Charter Schools for coding and classifying budget expenditures.
The Fiscal & Program Accountability Guidance Handbook (21st CCLC Handbook) provides monitoring resources and guidance for the grantees to implement the required expectations of their grant. Throughout the duration of a grant cycle an official Compliance Monitoring visit will be scheduled with your assigned Education Program Specialist. Criteria for compliance expectations can be found in the 21st CCLC Handbook.
Below is the outline for the “21st CCLC Grant Program Expectations”.
- Direct Student Services
- Direct Family Services
- Safety and Transportation
- Fiscal Record Keeping
- Required Training and Professional Development
- Classroom Observations
- Continuing (Renewal) Application and Required Reporting
Fixed Assets (Capital Items) Log
Fixed assets refer to tangible, non-expendable property having a useful life of more than one year and an acquisition as defined by your District/Charter’s fixed asset policy. To avoid supplanting, fixed assets purchased with 21st CCLC funds may only be used outside of the instructional day, unless the assets are purchased on a cost shared basis proportional to the amount of use during the school day. Each program site should tag items purchased from 21st CCLC funding as “21st CCLC program property”, and should keep a Fixed Asset Log meeting the following guidelines:
- Each 21st CCLC site should prepare a detailed listing of these fixed assets that includes all equipment purchased for 21st CCLC use such as computers, printers, and similar items with useful lives of one year or more.
- The Fixed Asset Log should include property identification tag, asset description, serial #, funding source, purchase date, cost, and location. See USFR or USFRCS VI-E-2. Please reference the 21st CCLC Handbook.
- Logs are kept for 21st CCLC fixed assets until the end of the grant, at which time the items may be used to continue to support activities at the school site for which the funding was awarded.
The following is an example of a Fixed Asset Log which may be used in 21st CCLC programs:
21st CCLC Fixed Assets Log – For items lasting more than 1 year (or at the expenditure level which your district considers items to be fixed assets and including such items as computers and printers)
|Date Logged||Date of Purchase||Item Name/Description*||Cost||Property ID Tag #||Storage/Use Location*|
|11/11/16||10/8/16||Item Name (Brand and model||$731.00||Item #0001 (2016)||English/Yearbook room locked supply storage|
*Note: Each item must be logged separately.
Property Tag Example:
Monthly Expenditures Spreadsheet
Each site is expected to provide a monthly spreadsheet that identifies expenditures by budget line with current balance. Information on spreadsheet must show vendor name and/or employee name with dollar amount. Monthly Expenditure Spreadsheet should be available from the District Business Office. All expenditures must be approved in awarded grant budget prior to incurring expense. 21st CCLC Site Coordinator should keep track of all expenditures charged to the grant by budget line and be aware of current balances. Reimbursement Requests should be made monthly and should not be more than 10% of the budget.
- Expense Tracking Form BLANK Template
Payroll/Attendance/Time & Effort Logs
Payroll, attendance, and Time and Effort recording are part of grant compliance for each awarded site. During an announced or unannounced visit, sites should have the following items available for review:
- Provide copies of timesheets for each employee paid out of the grant by pay period.
- Employee timesheets should be completely filled out including dates (month/day/year) with proper signatures.
- Employees paid by stipend must attach back-up documentation which shows dates, actual hours worked and services performed during time period.
- Employee timesheets should match agency hiring forms.
- Attach copies of student attendance rosters, by class, to each corresponding timesheet.
- Student attendance rosters must include: Class Name, Teacher Name, Student Name and Dates of Class (month/day/year).
- Student attendance rosters must be kept current by class.
- If a substitute teacher is needed, their name should be recorded on the attendance roster.
- For annual reporting purposes, student level data (SAIS) will be required for each attendee.
- Attach copies of Time and Effort logs for each employee paid out of the grant to the corresponding timesheet and attendance sheets. For more information regarding Time and Effort reporting guidelines, please see the Time and Effort reporting section below.
- Refer to your district auditor for additional guidance on Time and Effort reporting.
Program Transition (Leadership Transition/Closure)
Transitions in district and site leadership happens. The Arizona 21st CCLC team has created documentation to assist with this leadership changeover. The following documents are intended to assist with the actions and communication needed to ensure a seamless change in leadership.
21st CCLC expenditures are expected to follow fiscal and site business office practices. During an announced or unannounced site visit the follow items should be available for review:
- Provide a copy of any contracts for purchased professional services.
- Provide copies of all purchase orders with dates, proper signatures and copies of itemized receipts attached.
- Provide copies of purchase orders for purchased services with a copy of the paid invoice attached that shows actual services rendered and payment.
- 21st CCLC Site Coordinator should review and approve all expenditures prior to processing.
Record Keeping Requirements
Upon an announced or unannounced site visit, ADE will request to see the following required records from the site. Records need to be kept site specific. New Fiscal Record binders are to be created and updated each fiscal year of the program.
Grantees are required to have the following documents organized in a binder for each year of the program and available for site visits. Below is the outline of 21st CCLC grant program expectations found in the handbook.
- Program at a Glance
- Summary of Classes
- Site Evaluation Report
- Program Schedule
- Current Attendance Records
- Lesson Plan, Curriculum Overview
- Monthly Expenditures
- Purchase Orders/Receipts
- Time sheets, Time and Effort logs, Daily Attendance rosters for each Class
- Fixed Assets (Capital Item log)
Safety and Transportation
Arizona’s 21st CCLC Department of Education requires sites to ensure a safe and easily accessible learning environment and transportation for students.
Safety & Transportation Guidance
Learning Environment. All the State’s awarded programs must provide for a safe and healthy learning environment by ensuring that the following components are incorporated in their applications and program implementation:
- Healthy food. Provide child nutrition programs including after school snack and summer meals. Most of Arizona 21st CCLC programs also offer free breakfast as part of their program and evening meals are increasingly being offered as well. (See Snack and Summer Food Requirements)
- Safe transportation from school or an alternative program site if that is part of the program.
- Students are served in an easily accessible environment.
- Site administrator and site coordinator must jointly develop a plan of action for safety and communication relevant to their student needs and community.
- Programs must establish a plan for the transportation of grant participants that clearly demonstrates procedures as described in the LEA Site original approved grant application.
Example: student walker, parent pick-up, and bus transportation.
- It is the fiduciary responsibility of the LEA to avoid supplanting with student transportation costs.
- Transportation cost billed to the 21st CCLC grant should not exceed 4% of the annual budget when deemed necessary.
- For additional questions related to transportation, please communicate with your assigned program specialist.
Safe and Easily Accessible Facility
Sites must provide assurance that the program is taking place in a safe and easily accessible facility.
Examples of Evidence may include: Safety logs/plans, reports, original awarded 21st CCLC application, attendance records and emails.
- Procedures are in place during the 21st CCLC program to include:
- Fire Drills
- Evacuation Drills
- Lockdown Drills
- Sign-in and Sign-out Sheets
- Services are provided in a secure and safe location
- Secured campus to ensure safety – such as monitored or secured entrance and exit
- Established Accessibility
- Established procedures for tracking students during the program hours
- Available during Program Hours:
- Attendance Sheets
- Sign-in & Sign-out Sheets
- Available for Program Year:
- Communication Log
- Attendance Sheets
- Established method for parent/guardian to reach 21st CCLC staff during program hours
- Available during Program Hours:
- Transportation and Transitions
- Procedures have been established for safe transportation of students between school, 21st CCLC site and home
- Procedures have been established for transition of students from the regular school day the program to the 21st CCLC program
Tools and Templates
Snack and Summer Food Requirements
Arizona’s 21st CCLC Department of Education supports the efforts of federal school nutrition programs that can assist centers with providing snacks or meals for out-of-school time. Centers must provide snacks that meet the federal nutrition guidelines for after school care snack programs. All 21st CCLC sites are responsible for offering snacks and applying for reimbursement programs that provide students afterschool snacks and summer meals during the 21st CCLC summer program that meet USDA nutrition guidelines. Offering breakfast and evening meals through these programs is highly encouraged.
Reimbursement for snacks are available to eligible programs that apply and follow federal guidelines. Arizona’s Health and Nutrition services can support 21st CCLC grant sites with this process. Food Banks across Arizona can also partner with a site to aid in offering federal child nutrition meal programs.
Why are afterschool snacks and summer food programs important?
- “Though many of us may not realize the grave disparities that exist in our own communities, people struggle with hunger in every county and congressional district in Arizona. They could be our neighbors, kids in our children’s classes – the possibilities go on.”- Feeding America
- “Afterschool programs can—and do—play an important role in providing children access to nutritious meals.” – Afterschool Alliance
- “Research shows how food insecurity and hunger can harm the health and educational outcomes of children.”- American Psychological Association
Resources and Guidance
The National Lunch Program (NSLP) offers reimbursement to help Local Education Agencies (LEAs) serve snacks to children in Afterschool Care, or extended school day activities aimed at promoting the health and wellbeing of children and youth. To participate in the ASCSP, schools must complete Section 10, Afterschool Care Snack Programs, on the site application in CNPWeb. You can also visit the USDA’s Afterschool Snack page or contact Arizona’s Health and Nutrition services for additional information.
It is a federally funded meal program that is organized in safe and structured after school environments. This program provides opportunities to educational entities and community centers/organizations for offering healthy meals and snacks to children and young adults in low-income areas. Learn more about the At-Risk Afterschool Meals Program
Community Food Banks are a sponsor for the USDA’s Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), which provides federal funding to supply meals and snacks for at-risk youth in high-need areas.
Afterschool program in Southern Arizona service area interested in receiving free meals or snacks. To become a site for the CACFP At-Risk Afterschool Meals and Snacks Program, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- A public or nonprofit organization operating an afterschool program that primarily provides care for children during the school year
- Must be located within the sending district of a school where 50% or more of the students are eligible for free and reduced lunches (see below).
- Must provide education or enrichment activities in an organized, structured, and well-supervised environment (includes homework assistance/tutoring, arts and crafts, computer training, life skills, etc.)
- Must fulfill requirements of Child Care Standards Agreement and pass fire and safety inspections and health and sanitation inspections.
- Attend mandatory CACFP training
- St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance – Children’s Feeding Programs
The Child Nutrition Program partners host a Kids Cafe® or Backpack Program at qualifying locations to help feed hungry kids. To partner and provide free, healthy meals to kids at risk of hunger, complete contact [email protected] or call (602) 343-3124.
- United Food Bank – Kids Café
United Food Bank currently collaborates with more than 30 after school program throughout the East Valley and Eastern Arizona to provide at-risk children with free nutritious meals and snacks. Program sites are Title 1 School, community based social organizations or other nonprofit programs that work with at-risk children and youth, offering a variety of afterschool educational enrichment programs in a safe environment.
Time and Effort Reporting
The Federal Government (U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-87, Cost Principles for State, Local, and Indian Tribal Governments) requires all employees, including teachers, paraprofessionals, and other staff that are paid with federal funds to document the time and effort they spend within the program. The portion of the federally paid salary should be reflective of the actual activity, not budgeted, the individual has put forth for that federal program. Time and Effort reporting is required when any part of an individual’s salary is charged to a federal program or used as match for a federal program. (See Circular No. A-87.8. Compensation for personal services) Federal regulation requires that any salaries and benefits charged to a federal award(s) must be based on documentation that meets the following criteria in order to be allowable charges to the awards(s):
- The employee’s time must be documented in writing.
- The documentation should reflect the actual time spent by the employee on activities of the federal program(s) being charged.
- The period covered by the documentation may not exceed one month unless an approved substitute system is in place.
- The documentation should account for each employee’s time for the period covered (including state/local activities).
- The documentation must be signed by the employee and the employee’s supervisor. This requirement applies to all federal awards and sub-awards, including those received directly from the federal government, unless specifically exempted by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
Time and Effort Weekly Log (Template #1)
Time and Effort Weekly Log (Template #2)
Time and Effort Monthly Log (Template #3) *Refer to LEA auditor for additional guidance on Time and Effort reporting.