supports the creation of community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools. OSPI oversees the administration of the federal grant, Title IV Part B, which funds 21st Century programs for our students.
Non-regulatory guidance from the Department of Education
Trainings and materials around Washington state
Cost principles, Compliance, Performance Assessment Report, iGrants
Program Evaluations and Accountability
Grantee link to evaluation resources for 21st Century programs, including accountability reports and program evaluations
You for Youth (Y4Y) - Visit the U.S. Dept. of Education's online community for 21st CCLC practitioners.
Resources listed here are considered promising or best practices.
A community learning center offers academic, artistic, and cultural enrichment opportunities to students and their families during non-school hours (before or after school) or periods when school is not in session (including holidays, weekends or summer recess).
According to section 4201(b)(1) of the program statute, a community learning center assists students in meeting state and local academic achievement standards in core academic subjects, such as reading and mathematics, by providing the students with opportunities for academic enrichment.
Centers also provide students with a broad array of other activities – such as drug and violence prevention, counseling, art, music, recreation, technology, and character education programs – during periods when school is not in session.
Community learning centers must also serve the families of participating students, e.g., through family literacy programs.