The purpose of the program is to establish 21st Century Community Learning Centers that provide at-risk students with opportunities during non-school hours for standards based academic enrichment, personal enrichment and other activities designed to complement the students' regular academic program. While providing centers to keep children safe during out-of-school hours was a founding premise for the program, 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 hours (such as before and after school, or during 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:
- Remedial education activities and academic enrichment learning programs, including those which provide additional assistance to students to allow the students to improve their academic achievement.
- Literacy activities, including limited English proficient (LEP) students and that emphasize language skills and academic achievement.
- Mathematics and science education 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 parents are supported to grow both academically and developmentally. 21st Century Community Learning Centers will prepare them with the knowledge, attitudes and behaviors to succeed to the best of their ability.
21st Century Community Learning Center Funded Partners (sub-grantees) will provide innovative, interactive, high quality programs in a safe and structured environment to:
- Provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children;
- Help students meet state standards in core academic subjects, such as reading and math; and
- Offer literacy and other educational services to the families of participating children.
- Improved student academic achievement in reading and math.
- Positive youth development through quality youth programs.
- Increased educational development for families of students.
NMPED 21st CCLC Administrative Goals
- Increase awareness of the 21st CCLC potential to: 1) Provide learning enrichment opportunities to students to meet State academic standards in core content areas; and 2) Offer families of participating students opportunities for literacy and related educational development.
- Successfully implement a 21st CCLC Request for Proposal process, in compliance with the Federal and State Guidelines.
- Increase the quality of program delivery at all 21st CCLC sites.
- Increase capacity of Funded Partners (sub-grantees) to successfully administer and implement quality programming to both students and their families using evidence-based activities and promising practices.
- Annually evaluate program delivery and performance to assess progress, increase awareness of successful program strategies and reduce the impact of less successful strategies.
State Strategic Plan
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. 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
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.
Current Funded Partners and Centers
The US Department of Education requires states to establish an annual peer review process for the 21st CCLC program that secures consultation from the Governor’s Office and other agencies responsible for administering youth development programs and adult learning activities, as well as teachers, parents, students, the business community and community-based organizations representatives. In addition, the NM Public Education Department allocates a portion of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers award to contract with outside experts to support the delivery of quality programming. A strong partnership has also been forged with the NM Afterschool Alliance to maximize use of resources and strengthen support statewide.
Role of Peer Review Group – The Peer Review Group reviews program materials and processes annually, including the State strategic plan and center selection criteria. Members help coordinate resources from their organization with 21st CCLC resources to achieve the greatest impact for shared target populations of high-need students.
Role of Quality Management Team – The Quality Management team’s purpose is to improve the quality of services offered to children by NM 21st Century Community Learning Centers programs. Team members accomplish this by building local capacity for self-assessment and program delivery and by acting as an expert panel to provide advice and review for the State Program Coordinator. Specifically, the QM team offers technical assistance in the Extended Learning Self-Assessment process, in best practices for program delivery and in successful program administration. This technical assistance is provided via telephone, email, webinar and on-site training. As an expert panel, the team provides input on planning and plan implementation. The QM team has over three year of experience in supporting quality program delivery, and they have strong relationships with each other and with the programs served.
Role of Data Manager – A data manager has been secured to support the following program tasks: 1) Support development of NM specific communications; 2) Provide capacity building events for center staff on data management; 3) Support agency monitoring efforts; 4) Provide on-going technical assistance for the achievement of quality data; and 5) Provide a comprehensive state program evaluation.
New Mexico Afterschool Alliance (NMASA) – The New Mexico AfterSchool Alliance is a statewide network of stakeholders focused on: 1) Creating a sustainable structure of state/regional/local partnerships – particularly school/community – that are focused on supporting policy at all levels; 2) Supporting the development and growth of statewide policies that will secure the resources that will sustain new and existing school-based and school-linked programs; and 3) Supporting a statewide system to ensure programs are of high quality. 21st Century Community Learning Center staff is encouraged to join the NMASA. State level staff is expected to be active members of the NMASA.
Laurie A. Mueller
21st Century Community Learning Centers State Coordinator
120 S. Federal Place, Rm 206
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Phone: 505.827-1828 Fax: 505.827-1826