The 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) initiative is the only federal funding source dedicated exclusively to supporting local afterschool, before-school and summer learning programs. The program was reauthorized in 2015 as part of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Each state receives funds based on its share of Title I funding for low-income students. Grants support local schools and community based organizations that provide afterschool and summer learning programs to students attending high-poverty, low-performing schools. Programs support:
- Academic enrichment activities that can help students meet state and local achievement standards.
- A broad array of additional enrichment services designed to reinforce and complement the regular academic program, such as: drug and violence prevention programs, career and technical programs, counseling programs, art, music programs, STEM programs, and physical activity and nutrition education programs.
- Literacy and related educational development services to the families of children who are served in the program.
Funding and Advocacy. Conversations about appropriations to 21st CCLC for fiscal year 2020 will start soon. As of October 1, 2018, 21st CCLC is funded at $1.222 billion and serves almost 2 million children and families. This table shows how much funding each state receives, how many students are served, and the impact of eliminating the program. Proposals to eliminate or cut support for 21st CCLC and local afterschool programs will have a devastating effect on more than 11,000 rural, urban and suburban communities nationwide. Learn more about how you can reach out to Congress in support of 21st CCLC. See the Policy Blog for updates.
21st CCLC 101 - Facts and Figures and Who is Served. For about 20 years 21st Century Community Learning Centers have been providing high quality programming to a wide range of children grades pre-K to 12th grade in communities nationwide. This downloadable fact sheet is a great primer on who is served and key outcomes of local programs.
Data and Evaluation. Are 21st CCLC programs effective in helping students improve academic outcomes, increasing school day attendance, and moving the needle on a range of other important indicators? The answer is yes. This page links to a variety of state and national evaluations and reports that demonstrate conclusively the effectiveness of 21st CCLC and afterschool programs.
ESSA Background and Toolkit. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) includes 21st CCLC as well as a host of other important funding streams and policies that support quality afterschool programs. An ESSA Toolkit helps advocates understand the law and the opportunities within to support afterschool. View 21st CCLC legislative language here. (see pages 233 through 244 of the legislation)