A 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) is an program that assists students in meeting challenging academic standards, provides students with academic enrichment activities, and offers a broad array of other activities that enrich students’ lives and skills during non-school hours or periods when school is not in session (such as before and after school, weekends, or during school breaks) that:
- reinforce and complement the regular academic programs of the schools attended by participating students; and
- are targeted to students’ academic needs and align with the instruction students receive during the school day.
A 21st Century Community Learning Center program strives to meet the needs of the students served, by addressing their academic, social, creative, emotional, and curiosity needs. 21st CCLC programs offer students a chance to explore new topics and deepen their understanding and knowledge of others. They invite community partners to engage with students through real world learning opportunities, collaborative partnerships, mentoring, apprenticeships, workforce development, and more. 21st CCLC programs encourage students to become active participants in their communities through service learning projects, project-based learning experiences, environmental literacy and citizen science projects.