The 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) initiative is the only federal funding source dedicated exclusively to afterschool programs. The No Child Left Behind Act reauthorized 21st CCLC in 2002, transferring the administration of the grants from the U.S. Department of Education to the state education agencies. The program was again reauthorized in 2015 in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Each state receives funds based on its share of Title I funding for low-income students. Grants support afterschool programs that provide the following services to students attending high-poverty, low-performing schools:
Conversations about appropriations to 21st CCLC for fiscal year 2017 and 2018 are currently underway. Learn more about how you can reach out to Congress in support of 21st CCLC. See the Policy Blog for updates.