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21st Century Community Learning Centers
The 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program was established by Congress as Title IV, Part B of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The passage of the Public Law 107-110, No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 significantly amended the ESEA to expand state and local accountability and flexibility and to stress the adoption of research-based practice, substantially changing the 21st Century Communities Learning Center program.
The purpose of Maine’s 21st CCLC program is to establish or extend “Community Learning Centers” that provide students, (primarily those who are not meeting learning results) with academic support and enrichment opportunities designed to complement their regular academic program. These centers must link to the local school administrative unit’s (SAU’s) comprehensive education plan that is aligned with the system of Maine Learning Results, focused on the learning of all students and oriented to continuous improvement.
21st Century Community Learning Centers must also offer the families of these students literacy and related educational development services. Centers, which can be located in elementary or secondary schools or other similarly accessible facilities, provide a range of high-quality services to support student learning and development, including tutoring and mentoring, homework help, academic enrichment (such as hands-on math, science or technology programs), health and safety education, cultural enrichment, and parent and family engagement. Centers also help working parents by providing a safe environment for students when school is not in session.