21st Century Community Learning Centers (CLC)

21st century community learning centers

21st Century Community Learning Centers

Title IV Part B of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB)


Background & History

The passage of the NCLB significantly amended the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) to expand state and local accountability and flexibility and to stress the adoption of research-based practice. It also substantially changed the 21st Century Communities Learning Center (CLC) program.

What is the purpose of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers?

The purpose of the program is to create community learning centers that provide students with academic enrichment opportunities, as well as additional activities designed to complement their regular academic program. Community learning centers must also offer families of these students literacy and related educational development. Centers - which can be located in elementary or secondary schools or other similarly accessible facilities - provide a range of high-quality services to support student learning and development, including tutoring and mentoring, homework help, academic enrichment (such as hands-on science or technology programs), community service opportunities, as well as music, arts, sports, and cultural activities. At the same time, centers help working parents by providing a safe environment for students when school is not in session.

Which student populations are the priorities for CLCs?

CLC funds will support centers that primarily serve students from schools that have at least 40% of their students from low income families (defined as qualifying for free and reduced lunch, although other sources of objective data in addition to free and reduced lunch count may be used to establish eligibility). In addition, eligible applicants proposing to primarily serve students from schools with significant acedemic deficiencies will receive priority for grant awards.


CLC Grants Awarded for 2013-14 School Year

The federal 21st Century Community Learning Center (CLC) grant program will be supporting after-school activities for students at 107 new sites throughout Wisconsin (totaling 220 sites) for the 2013-14 school year.

Additional information is available on the Department of Public Instruction newsroom website http://news.dpi.wi.gov/files/eis/pdf/dpinr2013_88.pdf.

Please direct comments or questions about this news item to Patrick Gasper, DPI Communications Officer, (608) 266-3559. (DPI staff members monitor calls and messages on this line every business day.)


CLC Resources and Forms


CLC 2013 Evaluation Resources


Training & Technical Assistance




For questions about this information, contact Alison Wineberg (608) 267-3751
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