The 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Program is providing students exceptional out-of-school time (OST) learning and developmental experiences throughout the state of New Mexico. Learning centers, which can be located in elementary or secondary schools, or other similarly accessible facilities, provide a range of high-quality services outside of the traditional learning day or during periods when school is not in session (such as before and after school, or summer break). The learning centers foster student achievement through programming that complements and reinforces content introduced during the traditional learning day, and the 21st CCLC instructors provide innovative, interactive, research-based learning opportunities in a safe and structured environment.
Authorized under Title IV, Part B, of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, and the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015, the primary goal of the state 21st CCLC program is to enable community learning centers to plan, implement, or expand quality OST learning enrichment opportunities to help students meet State standards in core content areas. 21st CCLC programs must primarily serve children who attend high-poverty schools and priority must be given to serving children in low-performing schools.
Local education agencies and public or private organizations are eligible to apply for 21st CCLC 4-year awards through a Request for Proposal process. Requests for Proposals are released intermittently based on the available funding. The NM Public Education Department actively supports the creation of community learning centers that:
1. Provide academic enrichment opportunities outside of the traditional learning day.
2. Help students meet state and local student standards in core academic subjects, such as reading and math.
3. Offer educational services to the families of participating students.
The 21st CCLC Program is located in the Safe and Healthy Schools Bureau, Federal Program Division, New Mexico Public Education Department.