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​Approved External Organization Profile Applications

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015 reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) and provides for the creation of a list of external organizations that may provide technical assistance to 21st CCLC grantees.  As per ESSA, the term external organization means:

  1. a nonprofit organization with a record of success in running or working with before and after school (or summer recess) programs and activities; or
  2. 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 after school (or summer recess) programs and activities."

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) has implemented a statewide opportunity for nonprofit organizations in Pennsylvania to submit an external organization profile application to be vetted and included on a list of prescreened eligible providers with specific expertise in one or more of the following resource areas pertaining to afterschool programming: quality programming and allowable activities; youth development and empowerment; human relationships and development; health, wellness, safety, and nutrition; literacy education; cultural competency and inclusion; parent and community engagement; program management and administration; sustainability planning; workforce development/career college readiness; and implementing quality programming.

Approved External Organization Profile Applications

Following solicitations requesting external organization/provider applications on the commonwealth's General Services eMarketplace, the PDE 21st CCLC program office is pleased to announce the approval of the following external organizations/providers.

Approved External OrganizationContact NameAddress of ContactEmail AddressApproved Areas of Expertise

The Educational Advocates Reaching Today's Hardworking Students, Inc.

Ms. Quibilia A. Divine

3414 North 19th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19140-4815

quibila@earthsinc.comAcademic Enrichment, Adolescent and Youth Culture, Developing Reading Vocabulary, Spelling, and Comprehension Skills, Parent and Community Engagement, Advocacy and Policy, and City and Statewide Systems.
Afterschool Activities partnership (ASAP)Ms. Sara Morningstar

1520 Locust Street, Suite 1104
Philadelphia, PA 19102

smorningstar@phillyasap.orgAcademic Enrichment, Art, Music, Media and Drama, Civic Engagement and Service Learning, Summer Programming, Communicating Effectively with Staff, Students, and Family, Social Emotional Learning, Youth Development and Empowerment, Indoor and Outdoor Environments, Critical Thinking, Cultural Competency and Inclusion, Parent and Community Engagement, Program Management and Administration, Sustainability Planning, Coaching and Mentoring, and Action Planning
Art Expressions, Inc. Ms. Angela Lowden31 Spalding Circle, Pittsburgh, PA 15228amlowden@artexpressioninc.org

Art, Music, Media, and Drama; Human Relationships and Development; Youth Development and Empowerment; Critical Thinking; Students with Disabilities; Connecting to Schools; Engaging Parents and Families; Advocacy and Policy; Budgeting and Fiscal Management; and Implementing Quality Programming

Additional applications that are received and approved will be posted on the 21st CCLC website.