Introduction to 21st CCLC

Introduction to 21st Century Community Learning Centers

Upon completion, you will receive a Basic Level certificate of completion.

This overview will acquaint you with the history and legal basis for the Nita M. Lowey 21st CCLC Grant Program, and reveal the program’s powerful impact on students, families and communities.

Chapter 1

Estimated time to complete: 1 hour

Chapter 1 provides an overview of the purposes and goals of Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers programs, their history and evolution, and how programs benefit students, families and schools.

Chapter 2

Estimated time to complete: 1 hour

Chapter 2 presents the federal legislation, regulations and guidance that direct all 21st CCLC grant programs, emphasizes the role of state guidance and requirements when applying for and administering a grant program, and walks you through how to apply each of these resources when it’s time to write your grant proposal and design your program.

When you complete this section of the course, you’ll be able to

  • Describe the program’s mission.
  • Identify the program’s benefits to students, families and schools.
  • Describe 21st CCLC federal guidance and requirements.
  • Identify the importance of state guidance and requirements.

Implementation Strategies

Estimated time to complete: 5-7 hours

Upon completion, you will receive an Advanced Level certificate of completion.

Find strategies to design and plan for a 21st Century Community Learning Center, including reviewing your state’s request for proposal, gathering stakeholders, determining your needs and goals, creating a plan and budget, staffing, recruiting students and implementing your program activities.

When you complete this section of the course, you’ll be able to 

  • Describe the process of applying for a 21st CCLC state request for proposal.
  • Identify the key strategies for planning and designing a high-quality 21st CCLC program.
  • Incorporate the key strategies and federal, state and local laws, regulations, and guidance into your 21st CCLC program plan and design.

Coaching My Staff

Estimated time to complete: 1 hour

Upon completion, you will receive a Leadership Level certificate of completion. 

Explore Y4Y professional development resources that address the many dimensions of 21st CCLC programming, and begin to develop your own plan to train staff so your new program can hit the ground running.

When you complete this section of the course, you’ll be able to 

  • Identify Y4Y learning content that can help you prepare yourself and your 21st CCLC program staff.
  • Create a professional learning plan for developing knowledge and skills.
  • Use the Introduction to 21st CCLC Training to Go to provide information about the program to stakeholders.


In the Implementation Strategies section of this course, use the tool Introduction to 21st CCLC Implementation Planning Checklist to initiate your planning.

Learn More Library

Visit the Learn More Library for links to numerous external resources, including publications and web-based resources to support you and your 21st CCLC grant program.

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