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  21st Century Community Learning Center

Program Guidance

The 21st Century Learning Centers Program is authorized under Title IV Part B of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The law’s specific purposes are to:

  • Provide opportunities for academic enrichment, including providing tutorial services to help students (particularly students in high-poverty areas and those who attend low-performing schools) meet state and local student performance standards in core academic subjects such as reading and mathematics.
  • Offer students a broad array of additional services, programs, and activities, such as, youth development activities, drug and violence prevention programs, counseling programs, art, music, and recreation programs, technology education programs, and character education programs that are designed to reinforce and complement the regular academic program of participating students.
  • Offer families of students served by community learning centers opportunities for literacy and related educational development.

Legislation, Regulations, and Guidance

Federal Statute

Non-Regulatory Guidance (PDF)
Provided by the U.S. Department of Education, this document is designed to help state educational agencies (SEAs) and eligible public and private schools and organizations throughout the country understand how they can successfully participate in community learning centers.

Participation in Education Department Programs by Religious Organizations (PDF)
Faith-based groups are eligible for 21st Century funding. This document from the U.S. Department of Education outlines the rules for participation in education department programs by religious organizations.

Private School Participation



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