Title IV-B 21st Century

Community Learning Centers

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This program supports the creation of community learning centers that provide academic  enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children, particularly students who attend  high-poverty and low-performing schools.

The program helps students meet state and local  student standards in core academic subjects, such as reading and math; offers students a broad  array of enrichment activities that can complement their regular academic programs; and offers  literacy and other educational services to the families of participating children.

Allowable activities may include, but are not limited to:

Each eligible entity that receives an award from the state may use the funds to carry out a broad array of before- and after-school activities (including those held during summer recess periods) to advance student achievement. These activities include:

  • Remedial education activities and academic enrichment learning programs, including those which provide additional assistance to students to allow the students to improve their academic achievement;
  • Mathematics and science education activities;
  • Arts and music education activities;
  • Entrepreneurial education programs;
  • Tutoring services, including those provided by senior citizen volunteers, and mentoring programs;
  • Programs that provide after-school activities for limited English proficient (LEP) students and that emphasize language skills and academic achievement;
  • Recreational activities;
  • Telecommunications and technology education programs;
  • Expanded library service hours;
  • Programs that promote parental involvement and family literacy;
  • Programs that provide assistance to students who have been truant, suspended, or expelled to allow them to improve their academic achievement;
  • Drug and violence prevention programs;
  • Counseling programs; and
  • Character education programs.