Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC)
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 three 21st CCLC grants which operate at seven school-based centers. The grant names are Project Discovery, Project Inspire, and Project Vitalize. The seven participating schools are (Project Inspire) Alachua Elementary & Irby Elementary in the City of Alachua; (Project Discovery) Idylwild Elementary, and Metcalfe Elementary; (Project Vitalize) 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.
- Free meals
- Programs operate Mondays-Thursdays, no Fridays, during after school hours, school year. Programs observe all district holidays.