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21st Century Community Learning Centers Federal Afterschool Initiative

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The 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) initiative is the only federal funding source dedicated exclusively to afterschool programs. The No Child Left Behind Act reauthorized 21st CCLC in 2002, transferring the administration of the grants from the U.S. Department of Education to the State Education Agencies. Each state receives funds based on its share of Title I funding for low-income students. Grants support afterschool programs that provide the following services to students attending high-poverty, low-performing schools:

Funding History, 21st CCLC

Fiscal Year

Amount Appropriated

Amount Authorized in No Child Left Behind Act

1998

$40 million

n/a

1999

$200 million

n/a

2000

$453 million

n/a

2001

$846 million

$1 billion

2002

$1 billion

$1.25 billion

2003

$993.5 million

$1.5 billion

2004

$991 million

$1.75 billion

2005

$991 million

$2 billion

2006

$981 million

$2.25 billion

2007

$981 million

$2.5 billion

2008

$1.08 billion

n/a

2009

$1.13 billion

n/a

2010

$1.16 billion

n/a

2011

$1.154 billion

n/a

2012

$1.152 billion

n/a

2013

$1.092 billion

n/a

2014

$1.149 billion

n/a

  • Academic enrichment activities that can help students meet state and local achievement standards.
  • A broad array of additional services designed to reinforce and complement the regular academic program, such as: drug and violence prevention programs, counseling programs, art, music, and recreation programs, technology education programs, and character education programs.
  • Literacy and related educational development services to the families of children who are served in the program.
    (U.S. Department of Education, 2003)

Conversations about the next reauthorization of 21st CCLC are underway. The Afterschool Alliance has developed a set of recommendations to help ensure continued effectiveness of the program and provide adequate support systems for local afterschool programs.  (See Elementary and Secondary Education Act)

For the most recent 21st CCLC funding allocations by state, see  Budget Chart – FY14 Impact By State 

For up to date statistics on the impact of 21st CCLC: Download 21st CCLC Fact Sheet