The 21st Century Community Learning Centers 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 purpose of this competitive grant Program is to create community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities to students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools so that they can meet State and local standards in core academic areas. In addition, these centers will offer a broad array of enrichment activities that can complement the regular academic program, and promote social and emotional development, as well as provide literacy and other educational services to families of students who participate in this Program. Services must be offered during non-school hours or periods when school is not in session, including before school, after school, evenings, weekends and during the summer, and during regular school hours.
Federal Statute: No Child Left Behind Act PL 107-110, Title IV, Part B