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21st Century Community Learning Centers

21ST Century Community Learning Centers


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.


Nita M. Lowey 21st CCLC

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



Hohokam Elementary School

Ingleside Middle School

Navajo Elementary School

Pima Elementary School

Tavan Elementary School

Tonalea Middle School

Yavapai Elementary School



Shawn Crosier
Coordinator of Federal and State Programs

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


Program Funding

Nita M. Lowrey 21st CCLC Program

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:

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: