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21st Century Community Learning Centers
The 21st Century Community Leaning Centers (21st CCLC) program is authorized under the Title IV, Part B of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015. Its purpose is to provide opportunities for communities to establish or expand activities through “community learning centers” that:
- Provide opportunities for academic enrichment, including providing tutorial services to help students, particularly students who attend low-performing schools, to meet challenging State academic standards;
- Offer students a broad array of additional services, programs, and activities, such as youth development activities, service learning, nutrition and health education, drug and violence prevention programs, counseling programs, arts, music, physical fitness and wellness programs, technology education programs, financial literacy programs, environmental literacy programs, mathematics, science, career and technical programs, internship or apprenticeship programs, and other ties to an in-demand industry sector or occupation for high school students that are designed to reinforce and complement the regular academic program of participating students; and
- Offer families of students served by community learning centers opportunities for active and meaningful engagement in their children’s education, including opportunities for literacy and related educational development.
The Maine DOE provides these federal funds to support the development of high-quality expanded-learning-time programs, through a competitive process, and with an emphasis on supporting students in the state’s most struggling schools. 21st CCLC program services are provided before-school, after-school, during summer as well as other times when school is not in session. Poverty, opportunity gaps, and unmet academic needs drive the program’s purpose. Programs are delivered through school and community partnerships for students in grades Pre-K through 12 and are designed to help students meet state and local academic standards in subjects like math and literacy.
The Maine DOE hosts an annual or semi-annual grant competitions for 21st CCLC grant awards, as federal funding allows.