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About the Program        

The 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) program is authorized under Title IV, Part B of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. The 21st CCLC program provides federal funding for the establishment of community learning centers that provide academic, artistic and cultural enrichment opportunities for children, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools, in order to meet state and local standards in core academic subjects such as reading, math and science. This program is also intended to offer students a broad array of activities and to include families and the community in the educational process.

The 21 CCLC program is committed to ensuring that students have access to high quality and engaging enrichment activities that truly support their learning and development. The 21 CCLC initiative further stresses the importance of diverse groups and organizations working together to strengthen school and community networks to help students and families succeed. Extended learning opportunities are a critical part of the continuum of learning that promote student achievement and school improvement.

National Lights-On

  • Lights On Afterschool is celebrated nationwide to call attention
    to the importance of afterschool programs for America’s children,
    families and communities.

  • In America today 15.1 million children are alone and
    unsupervised after school. Afterschool programs keep kids
    safe, help working families and inspire learning. They provide
    opportunities to help young people develop into successful adults

  • Lights On Afterschool was launched in October 2000 with
    celebrations in more than 1,200 communities nationwide. The
    event grew in 2001 to more than 3,600 events, and more than 9,000
    in 2012. This October, more than 1 million Americans will celebrate
    Lights On Afterschool!