The Minnesota Department of Education has administered the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program since 2002. The purpose of the program is to establish or expand community learning centers that provide students with enrichment opportunities during those times when school is not in session. These federal funds, authorized under Title IV, Part B, of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 2001, are awarded through a competitive process that priorities programs serving students in high poverty, low performing schools.
School-community partnerships are a cornerstone of 21st CCLC programs. The programs created by these partnerships provide students with a broad array of academic supports and enrichment and school engagement opportunities designed to complement their regular academic program in order to help students achieve, connect and thrive.