21st Century Community Learning Centers
The purpose of 21st Century Community Learning Center program is to establish or expand community-learning centers that provide out of school academic enrichment opportunities along with activities designed to complement the students’ regular academic program. 21st Century Community learning centers must also offer families of these students literacy and related educational development. Centers 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 science or technology programs), and community service opportunities, as well as music, arts, sports and cultural activities. At the same time, centers help working parents by providing a safe environment for students during non-school hours or periods when school is not in session.