Alaska 21st Century Community Learning Centers
The 21st Century Community Learning Centers of Alaska are an integral component of the before school, after school, and summer learning programs in our state.
There is a growing body of evidence that shows that 21st Century Community Learning Program Centers (CCLC) support the academic growth of struggling students.
The 21st CCLC is a U.S. Department of Education program, administered through the states, providing grants to schools, community and faith-based organizations, and youth development agencies to provide high quality, expanded learning opportunities outside of regular school hours for children in a safe and secure educational environment.
The federal statute governing 21st CCLC programs is part of the 2015 reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (formerly the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001). The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) maintained and strengthened the language and requirements of the Title IV, Part B legislation. Thus, preserving support for much needed out-of-school time programing.
The purpose of the Alaska 21st CCLC program is to provide competitive grants to organizations that are working in partnership within their community and schools to provide expanded learning and enrichment opportunities for children and their families outside of regular school hours. The program is designed to target funds to communities that have low achieving students and high rates of poverty but lack the resources to establish after school centers.
During the 2014-2015 school year, 10 Alaska grantees operated 37 sites throughout the state. For a list of current state grantees, click here. Alaska 21st CCLC primarily serves students attending high-poverty schools and especially targets their most at-risk students.
To learn more about this tremendous initiative, you may visit the United States Department of Education website, the Alaska Department of Education & Early Childhood Department website, or view the additional resources below.
21st CCLC Resources