What is a 21st Century Community Learning Center?

A 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC)  is a place that offers programs and services that benefit the educational and related health, social services, cultural and recreational needs of a community. Research shows that comprehensive out-of-school-time programs that build and expand on the regular academic school day can yield positive outcomes for children.

These centers serve as safe and nurturing environments for children to participate in enriching activities outside of school as well as provide opportunities for literacy and resources to the families of children participating in the program. Strong connections between schools and out-of-school-time programs, along with strong community collaboration, are crucial to the success of this initiative.

Each approved program is responsible for implementing performance objectives in the following areas:

  • Student reading and mathematics achievement
  • Positive youth development
  • Parent and family engagement

Here is a list of commonly used Terms and Acronyms: 21 CCLC Terms_and_Acronyms_List 15

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