21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) are providing students exceptional out-of-school time learning and developmental experiences throughout the state of New Mexico. Centers, which can be located in elementary or secondary schools or other similarly accessible facilities, provide a range of high-quality services during non-school hours or periods when school is not in session (such as before and after school, or during summer break). Learning centers foster student achievement through programming that complements the school day instruction. They provide innovative, interactive, research-based programs 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, the primary goal of the state 21st CCLC program is to enable community learning centers to plan, implement, or expand quality out-of-school time 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:
- Provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children.
- Help students meet state and local student standards in core academic subjects, such as reading and math.
- Offer literacy and other educational services to the families of participating children.
The 21st CCLC Program is located in the School and Family Support Bureau, Federal Program Division, New Mexico Public Education Department.