Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC)
Updates to the 2020-2021 School Year:
Project Vitalize programs are in the last year of the 5-year grant cycle and are the only participating school sites. Project Vitalize school sites are Foster Elementary, Lincoln Middle, & Westwood Middle. Foster, Lincoln, and Westwood are operating at this time. Please contact the school for more information by clicking on the School Contact Links at the bottom right of the landing page. All 21st CCLC programs are in-person, on campus programs.
The 21st CCLC programs are FREE academic after-school and summer programs. The 21st CCLC initiative is a key component of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Authorized under Title IV, Part B, of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015.
Alachua County School District has one 21st CCLC grant which operates at three school-based centers. The grant has a name: Project Vitalize. The three participating schools are Foster Elementary, Lincoln Middle, and Westwood Middle. Each center is staffed with a Site Coordinator who assists with the day-to-day operations. Florida certificated teachers and support staff deliver academic enrichment and personal enrichment lessons. The grant is managed by District Project Manager Melissa Montgomery. Application and acceptance to a program is required. Application does not guarantee acceptance. 21st CCLC is not first-come, first-serve. Students are expected to attend regularly and to stay for the duration of the program day in order to gain the most benefits of academic support. 21st CCLC is not a "drop-in" program. Regular participation and attendance is mandatory. Part-time attendance is not allowable, and puts programs out of federal grant compliance.
21st CCLC programs provide a range of high-quality services to support student learning and development. All services are FREE.
- Academic enrichment-ELA, math, science, technology.
- Enrichment activities such as art, health, engineering, positive youth development, career explorations. Summer activities may include water safety and swim lessons, 3-D imaging and printing, art mosaics, field trips to city and state parks, local museums.
- Free meals
- Free field trips
- Programs operate Mondays-Thursdays, no Fridays, during after school hours, school year. Programs observe all district holidays. Summer programming runs through July 29, 2021.