21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC)
The 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program has been funding high quality afterschool and summer learning programs since 1998. Poverty, opportunity gaps, and unmet academic need drive the program’s purpose. Vermont's 21st CCLC program supports students' learning and interests through diverse and engaging programming using multiple approaches and curricula. Programs are delivered through schools and community partnerships for grades k-12. Annually, approximately 15,000 youth and 6000 regular attendees are served in 110 high needs communities across the state. Programs are expected to complement, but not duplicate the school day. Annual or semi-annual grant competitions are held to support this vision.
This video on STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) in Vermont highlights the opportunity and need for expanding STEM learning programs in Vermont. High quality STEM programs can advance learning, build skills and relationships, and contribute substantially to a high quality engaging program. The 21st Century Community Learning Center program funds high quality afterschool and summer opportunities, many of which are highlighted in this video.