The 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program is authorized under Title IV, Part B, of the No Child Left Behind Act. The program is designed to provide academic enrichment opportunities, art, music, recreation, sports, drug and violence prevention and youth development activities to students during non-school hours. The program also offers families of students served by community learning centers opportunities for educational development. Federal money to States for this program is determined by population.
"The 21st Century Community Learning Centers programs have demonstrated powerful outcomes in deterring delinquency and improving academic performance," said Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna. "This is a great opportunity for Idaho communities to provide quality, structured programming for youth during the time of day when they need it most."
The State Department of Education conducts grant competition as funding allows. Successful applicants receive funding for up to five years. Eligible applicants include school districts, municipalities, community based organizations, faith based organizations and private corporations. For more information on this process please select the competitive grant link (to the left).