21st CENTURY COMMUNITY LEARNING CENTERS
WHAT IS THE 21st CENTURY
COMMUNITY LEARNING CENTERS PROGRAM?
The 21st Century Community Learning Centers 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 purpose of this important program is to create community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities for children, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools, to meet State and local student standards in core academic subjects, to offer students a broad array of enrichment activities that can complement their regular academic programs, and to offer literacy and other educational services to the families of participating children.
The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 recognizes that improved student achievement occurs when communities implement programs and strategies scientifically proven to be effective. The 21st Century Community Learning Centers program is committed to ensuring that our students have access to high-quality and engaging enrichment activities that can truly support their learning and development.
(Reprinted from the letter of Eugene W. Hickock, Under Secretary, United States Department of Education)
2005-06 21st Century program in Review