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About 21st CCLC

The 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) 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 21st CCLC program
provides federal funding for the establishment of community learning centers
that provide academic, artistic and cultural enrichment opportunities for children,
particularly students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools, in order
to meet state and local standards in core academic subjects such as reading,
math and science. This program is also intended to offer students a broad array of
activities and to include families and the community in the educational process.

The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 recognizes that improved student
achievement occurs when communities implement programs that are scientifically
proven to be effective. The 21 CCLC program is committed to ensuring that
students have access to high quality and engaging enrichment activities that truly
support their learning and development. The 21 CCLC initiative further stresses the
importance of diverse groups and organizations working together to strengthen
school and community networks to help students and families succeed. Extended
learning opportunities are a critical part of the continuum of learning that promote
student achievement and school improvement.

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