21st Century Community Learning Centers

The Minnesota Department of Education has administered the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21CCLC) program since 2002. The purpose of the program is to establish or expand community learning centers that provide students with enrichment opportunities during non-school hours or periods when school is not in session (such as before and after school or during summer recess). These federal funds, authorized under Title IV, Part B, of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015, are awarded through a competitive peer review process that priorities programs serving students in high-poverty, low-performing schools.

An effective community learning center engages schools and communities to address a common goal. These partnerships provide students with a broad array of academic supports, enrichment programs and school engagement opportunities designed to complement their regular academic program and help students achieve, connect and thrive.

We anticipate the next grant competition will be held in early 2019 for grants that begin in the 2019-20 school year. You may sign up for email alerts to receive an announcement when the new grant request is released. See link under the image at right.