The purpose of the program is to establish 21st Century Community Learning Centers that provide under-served students with opportunities for enrichment outside of the traditional learning day. While, originally, centers where provided, primarily, to keep children safe during out-of-school time hours, currently, there is increased emphasis on supporting student academic achievement, as well as providing educational and personal development opportunities to adult family members of participating students.
Centers, which can be located in elementary or secondary schools, or other similarly accessible facilities, provide a range of high-quality services during out-of school time hours (such as before and after school, or summer break). Each eligible entity that receives an award from the state may use the funds to carry-out a broad array of out-of-school time activities to advance student achievement. These activities may include:
- Academic enrichment programs
- Literacy activities, including limited English proficient (LEP) students and that emphasize language skills and academic achievement
- Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) activities
- Arts and music education activities
- Entrepreneurial education programs
- Tutoring services, including those provided by senior citizen volunteers, and mentoring programs
- Physical activities
- Nutrition education activities
- Telecommunications and technology education programs
- Expanded library service hours
- Programs that promote family literacy, including parental involvement
- Programs that provide assistance to students who have been truant, suspended, or expelled to allow them to improve their academic achievement
- Drug and violence prevention programs
- Counseling programs
- Character education programs
US Department of Education Goal
To establish community learning centers that help students in high-poverty, low performing schools meet academic achievement standards; to offer a broad array of additional services designed to complement the regular academic program; and to offer families of participating students opportunities for education development.
21st CCLC in New Mexico
Across New Mexico, students and their families are supported to grow both academically and developmentally. 21st Century Community Learning Centers will prepare them with the knowledge, skills and mind-sets to succeed academically and beyond.
21st Century Community Learning Centers subgrantees will provide innovative, interactive, high quality programs in a safe and structured environment in order to achieve the following outcomes:
- Provide academic enrichment opportunities outside of the traditional learning day;
- Help students meet state standards in core academic subjects, such as reading and math; and
- Offer educational services to the families of participating students.
Goals and Performance Measures
- Maintain and improve student academic achievement in language arts and math.
- Seventy-five percent (75%) of students earning a passing grade after the first grading period will maintain a passing grade by the close the academic year.
- Fifty percent (50%) of students earning below a passing grade after the first grading period will raise their grade by the close of the academic year.
- Short-cycle assessment results will reflect a grade level increase for 80% of students by the close of the academic year.
- Design and deliver a 21st CCLC program which meets the needs of all constituent groups.
- Eighty-five percent (85%) of all survey participants will agree or strongly agree that the 21st CCLC program being offered in their community is high quality.
- Implement a program that engages students.
- Seventy-five percent (75%) of the target enrollment goal will be met each academic year.
- An average attendance rate of 75% will be maintained throughout the academic year.
The New Mexico Public Education Department’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers program is funded by the US Department of Education under Title IV, Part B, of the No Child Left Behind Act, Public Law 107-110, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015. The USDE annual state awards are distributed in July of each year to each state and may be accessed at http://www2.ed.gov/programs/21stcclc/funding.html.
The federal award must be expended as follows:
- 2% for administration
- 3% for capacity building and technical assistance
- 95% for flow through to local centers
The NMPED distributes flow through via a Request for Proposal process at four year intervals. Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and public or private organizations are eligible to apply for a 21st CCLC grant.