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21st Century Community Learning Centers

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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 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.

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 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)

Download the Flyer: Scottsdale After-School Program Registration   
Inscripción al programa después de la escuela de Scottsdale
City of Scottsdale After School Program Guidelines

Click here to register for after-school sessions through the City of Scottsdale.


Jen Brazel
21st Century Grant Specialist

CCLC Site Coordinators

21st CCLC Site Coordinators FY19-20
School Contact
Pima Traditional School Christina Haas-Smith
Tonalea (K-8) School Michelle Piazza & Lisa Achtzehn
Yavapai Elementary School Maggie Finan
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:

  • Pima Traditional School
  • Tonalea K-8
  • Yavapai Elementary 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.