21ST Century Community Learning Centers

  •  Nita M. Lowey 21st CCLC


    The Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) initiative provides the only federally funded source dedicated exclusively to out-of-school-time programs.


    Arizona’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) builds and sustains
    comprehensive out-of-school-time programs that provide high-quality academic enrichment
    opportunities for students attending high-poverty, low-performing schools. These programs
    meaningfully engage adult family members in helping their children succeed academically. All
    funded programs align with State and school goals and specifically assist targeted students in
    their school day learning objectives. 21st CCLC programs support student participants in
    meeting the Arizona’s rigorous academic standards.

    Authorized under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by Every
    Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Title IV, Part B administered by the Arizona Department of
    Education; the specific purposes of the law are to:

    (1) Provide opportunities for academic enrichment, including providing tutorial services to help
    students, particularly students who attend low-performing schools, to meet the challenging State
    academic standards;

    (2) Offer students a broad array of additional services, programs, and activities, such as youth
    development activities, service learning, nutrition and health education, drug and violence
    prevention programs, counseling programs, art, music, physical fitness and wellness programs,
    technology education programs, financial literacy programs, environmental literacy programs,
    mathematics, science, career and technical programs, internship or apprenticeship programs,
    and other ties to an in-demand industry sector or occupation for high school students that are
    designed to reinforce and complement the regular academic program of participating students;

    (3) Offer families of students served by community learning centers opportunities for active and
    meaningful engagement in their children’s education, including opportunities for literacy and
    related education development.

    (4) Grants funded by the 21st CCLC program may supplement, NOT supplant, existing out of school
    funding or programs.

    For more information, updates and resources, click here


    What are the general 21st CCLC requirements?

    • The out-of-school-time 21st CCLC program must complement the regular, academic school day.
    • After-school programs must be implemented according to the original, awarded grant proposal.
    • After-school program staff should work in close collaboration with the regular school-day staff and community partners.
    • Partnerships and collaborations are required to provide services outlined in the grant and ensure long-term commitments of resources for sustainability.
    • Program activities are required to be based on scientifically based practices that provide evidence that the program activity will help students meet achievement standards.
    • All academic enrichment activities are to be aligned to Arizona State Standards, using cross-curricular connections to meet multiple performance objectives.
    • Services to the family members of participating students may include family literacy activities and other educational activities in support of students’ academic success.

    21st CCLC Mission

SUSD 21ST CCLC Programs at the following schools:

  • Notice: Scottsdale Unified School District is currently applying for a new 5-year grant cycle for the Nita M. Lowey 21st CCLC grant for the following schools:

    Pima Elementary

    Tonalea Middle

    Yavapai Elementary

    Coronado High School *New*

    For more information please contact Shawn Crosier at 480-484-2965 or via email at shawncrosier@susd.org

Program Funding

  • Nita M. Lowrey 21st CCLC ProgramT

    The Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) Title IV‐B afterschool program is funded by a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Education and administered by the Arizona Department of Education. For more information visit: http://www.azed.gov/21stcclc/

    El programa Nita M. Lowey del Siglo 21 Centros Comunitarios de Aprendizaje (21st CCLC) del Título IV ‐ B programa después del horario escolar está financiado por una subvención federal del Departamento de Educación de los Estados Unidos y administrado por el Departamento de Educación de Arizona. Para obtener más información visite:  https://www.azed.gov/21stcclc/