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 and 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 percent 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 academic deficiencies will receive priority for grant awards.

Evaluation of Community Learning Centers: Summary Brief

DPI recently completed an evaluation that examined outcomes on students that participated in WI 21st CCLC programs. The data examined a three year period and reflects information gathered from the Annual Performance Reports (APR) submitted by grantees and student information available via the WI Student Number Locator System (WSLS). Click here to view the brief.

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