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21st Century Community Learning Centers

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About Us:

21st Century Community Learning Centers is a federally-funded program which supports the creation of community learning centers that operate programs for students, particularly those who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools, and their families.  By providing tutoring and other academic enrichment activities along with a broad array of youth development opportunities that complement their regular academic programs, these centers help students meet state and local student standards in core academic subjects, such as English language arts and math. In addition, literacy and other educational services are offered to families of students participating in the program.

2011 Updated New York State Plan for 21st Century Community Learning Centers (pdf 4.39 KB)

Federal Legislation for 21st CCLC ProgramExternal Link

21st CCLC Non-Regulatory Guidanceexternal link


Technical Assistance Resource Centers

Statewide 21st CCLC Resource Centers Websiteexternal link

The purpose of the 21st CCLC Technical Assistance Resource Centers is to provide ongoing support to all grantees to improve the quality of their programs and, in turn, improve the academic, social and emotional outcomes of students and the literacy of participant’s families.  

New York City Resource Center

The New York City Department of Education serves as the Resource Center in New York City (NYC), providing services to all NYC based grantees. 
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Rest of State Resource Center

The Capital Region Board of Cooperative Services serves as the Resource Center serving grantees outside of New York City, in the rest of the state. 
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Program Evaluation

All states are required by the United States Department of Education to have a State Level Evaluator for the 21st CCLC program. The purpose of the evaluator is to assess the extent to which the state-level expected program outcomes have been achieved. The results of state level evaluation will be used to guide the Department’s efforts to: direct and improve its administration of the program; provide assistance to local grantees; and to improve program quality and outcomes for participating students. Research Works, Incorporatedexternal link serves as New York’s current State Level Evaluator.

Summary of Evaluation Findings Report 2014-2015 (pdf image 752 KB)

State Evaluation Design: 2012-2013 (pdf 76.98 KB)

Statewide Evaluation Summary: 2006-2011 (pdf 976.14 KB)

The New York State 21st Century Community Learning Centers Evaluation Manual: Effective July 1, 2013

The Evaluation Manual contains local program evaluation requirements that are consistent throughout the state, while encouraging individualized evaluation processes suited to local programs and their contexts. The requirements support high quality programming, which in turn helps ensure support of positive student academic, social-emotional, and behavioral outcomes.

The requirements for 21st Century evaluation, beginning July 1, 2013, include:

  • Evaluability Process (to review goals, objectives and fidelity to original grant proposal, discuss program timeline, and ensure that the program is ready to be evaluated)
  • Interim evaluation report
  • Evaluator attendance at quarterly advisory meetings
  • Point of service quality reviews (two required site visits per year)
  • Student survey (standardized survey for a sample of programs each year, survey of choice for others)
  • Annual evaluation report

21st Century Community Learning Centers Evaluation Manual (pdf 989.02 KB)

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Last Updated: October 15, 2018