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. 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:

Tutoring & homework help
Improved math & literacy skills
A variety of activities with student input and student choice in areas of recreation, arts, service & technology
Development through enrichment opportunities, such as fitness, nutrition & wellness activities with YMCA instructors, spoken-word with POETIX, dance & performance art with LEAF in Schools and Streets, youth mentoring, recreational activities, community service, character & leadership skill-building, counseling program, diversity education
Field trips to local colleges and universities
Encouraged parent involvement and support.


The program is currently available in 3 Buncombe County Schools location: Erwin Middle, Enka Middle, and Owen Middle.

For more information please contact Heather Deifell at [email protected]

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