The 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) initiative is a key component of the No Child Left Behind Act. Authorized under Title IV, Part B, of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, the specific purposes of the federal law are to:
- Provide opportunities for academic enrichment, including providing tutorial services to help students, particularly students who attend low-performing schools, to meet state and local student academic achievement standards in core academic subjects, such as reading and mathematics.
- Offer students a broad array of additional services, programs, and activities, such as youth development activities, drug and violence prevention programs, counseling programs, art, music, and recreation programs, technology education programs and character education programs, that are designed to reinforce and complement the regular academic program of participating students.
- Offer families of students served by community learning centers opportunities for literacy and related educational development.
More information on Florida's currently-funded 21st Century Community Learning Centers can be found at Florida's 21stCentury Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC).
Each subrecipient must engage in periodic (formative) evaluations to assess progress toward achieving the proposed objectives and ultimate goal of providing high-quality opportunities for academic enrichment. Additionally, each 21st CCLC program in Florida is required to submit a summative evaluation report at the conclusion of each program year. The summative report is a detailed summary of the program and progress towards meeting stated objectives. Formative and Summative Evaluation Reports for programs years 2011-12 through 2013-14 can be found at Florida's 21st CCLC Reports.