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21st Century Community Learning Centers Overview

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

Arizona's Title IV, Part B (21st CCLC) program supports student participants in meeting the State’s rigorous academic standards. Funded programs are designed to align with State and school goals and specifically assist targeted students in their school day learning objectives.

Arizona’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers build and sustain 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.


21st CCLC programs throughout the state maintain a strong commitment to improving math, reading/language arts/literacy, and science. Complementing this primary focus, 21st CCLC programs in the State supplement the students’ regular academic school day by creating a rich variety of classes and activities outside of the instructional day that help students become proficient and connect with learning through project-based, hands-on enrichment that is tied to real-world college and career application, and that build career competencies and readiness. This enrichment includes offerings in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), environmental literacy programs, art, music and physical education, mentoring, technology education including coding, and nutrition and health education.

This web page was recently featured by the Arizona Department of Education for increasing community awareness of Scottsdale's 21st Century Community Learning Center program.

Learning Environment

All of the State’s awarded programs must provide for a safe and healthy learning environment by ensuring that the following components are incorporated in their applications and program implementation:

  • Healthy food. Provide child nutrition programs including after-school snack and summer meals. Most of Arizona 21st CCLC programs also offer free breakfast as part of their program and evening meals are increasingly being offered as well.
  • Safe transportation from school or an alternative program site if that is part of the program.
  • Students are served in an easily accessible environment.

 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.

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Title I After-School Program Registration (City of Scottsdale)

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Jen Brazel
21st Century Grant Specialist

CCLC Site Coordinators

21st CCLC Site Coordinators FY18-19
School Contact
Coronado High School Sarah Moore
Echo Canyon School (K-8) Angelyn Chasse
Hohokam Elementary School Maggie Finan
Ingleside Middle School Amber Emr & Cheryl Guthrie
Navajo Elementary School Stacey Neuharth
Pima Traditional School Christina Haas-Smith
Tavan Elementary School Madison Rumore & Jenny Martin
Tonalea (K-8) School Meggie Maack
Yavapai Elementary School Mike Epstein & Ashley Sorice
Fun Projects with Geometry CCLC After school program Urban Planning Robotics and Technology

21st CCLC Participating Schools

SUSD schools that participate in the 21st Century Community Learning program are also Title I schools:

  • Hohokam Elementary School
  • Pima Traditional School
  • Navajo Elementary School
  • Tavan Elementary School
  • Yavapai Elementary School
  • Echo Canyon K-8
  • Tonalea K-8
  • Ingleside Middle School
  • Coronado High School

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Program Funding

Arizona Department of Education - LogoThe 21st Century Community Learning Centers afterschool program is funded by a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Education and administered by the Arizona Department of Education.