Kentucky's 21st Century Community Learning Centers

Published: 1/27/2017 2:23 PM

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 (CCLC) program is an essential part of this initiative.


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 (CCLC) program is an essential part of this initiative.  Many communities across the Commonwealth are working together with new energy and inspiration to create a more positive future for their children and youth.  Their focus is on constructive learning activities during non-school hours.  With caring adult guidance, school and community-based academic and youth development programs result in greater achievement and social outcomes for children and youth.

The intent of the funds is to enable communities to design and implement effective out-of-school programs that will result in improved student achievement, and be sustained through community partnerships at the conclusion of the grant funds.

Specifically, the purposes of The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 as authorized under Title IV, Part B (21st CCLC) are to:  1) provide opportunities for academic enrichment, including providing tutorial services to help students meet State and local student performance standards in core academic subjects such as reading and mathematics; 2) offer students a broad array of additional services, programs, and activities, such as youth development activities, drug and violence prevention programs, counseling programs, art, music, fitness, and recreation programs, technology education programs, and character education programs, that are designed to reinforce and complement the regular academic program of participating students; and 3) offer families of students served by community learning centers opportunities for literacy and related educational development. 
This memorandum contains an overview of the regulatory requirement that religiously affiliated (or "faith-based") organizations be able to compete on an equal footing with other organizations for funding by the U.S. Department of Education (the "Department") in programs in which they are eligible, including state-administered programs such as 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program.
Afterschool Alliance - The Afterschool Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of afterschool programs and advocating for quality, affordable programs for all children. It is supported by a group of public, private and nonprofit organizations that share the Alliance's vision of ensuring that all children have access to afterschool programs by 2010.

General Services Administration -  This website connects you to federal resources that support children and youth during out-of-school hours.
Benton Foundation Kids Campaign - It is the future goal of Connect for Kids that health, safety, education, and financial security of children be a priority. This website provides best use of communications technologies, specially the Internet, to give adults - parents, grandparents, guardians, educators, advocates, policymakers, elected officials and others - the tools and information they need to work on behalf of children, youth and families.
C.S. Mott Foundation - The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation is a partner with the U.S. Dept. of Education which provides tools and funds toward the 21st CCLC Program.
ERIC Clearinghouse on Information & Technology - This resource will provide your 21st CCLC program with lesson plans, curriculum and other educational resources.
ERIC Clearinghouse on Elementary and Early Childhood Education - Subscribe to a joint ERIC Clearinghouse on Elementary and Early Childhood Education listserv where practitioners, policymakers, and parents share ideas, resources, problems, and solutions. Send a message (without your e-mail signature if you have one) to: Leave the subject line blank and just type subscribe SAC-L <Your Full Name Here>
The Finance Project - Under "Information Resource Center" you fill find in this website, "Out-of-School-Time Clearinghouse Topics" that provide after school programs information on finding funding resources to sustain their programs.
Federal Resources for Educational Excellence (FREE) - This website provides teaching resources from other federal organizations in varied subjects.
Harvard Family Research Project - This project will provide your program with insights on past and new research to evaluate, improve and sustain your program.
National Institute for Out-of-School Time - Providing information by part of the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College regarding high end programs and activities for children in after school programs.
National Governors Association - The Center for Best Practices on this website provides information for after school program.
National Network for Child Care - This website provides an extensive list of resources available on child care.
Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory - This organization provides research and development assistance for adults, youth and children. They have an online catalog, newsletters, special resources and training/workshop opportunities.

U.S. Dept. of Agriculture - This website provides information on The Child Nutrition Program.

U.S. Dept. of Education - At this location, you will get the current information on purpose, eligibility, applicant info, awards, performance, funding status, laws/regulations/guidance, resources, FAQs and who to contact regarding the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC).

U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services - Find the latest information on Health and Human Services. ‚Äč