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21st CCLC Comprehensive

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Even though the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) program has enjoyed ongoing support from the general public since policymakers passed the initial legislation in 1994 (Afterschool Alliance, 2009), its policy and research histories, as well as the contemporary politics surrounding the initiative, shine a bold light on the steady challenges it has still faced while striving to demonstrate its overall efficacy. Commencing as a community learning center model that provided a variety of enrichment, health-related and academic services to all families and children that lived within a local rural or urban community, the current structure of the 21st CCLC initiative under No Child Left Behind places a greater emphasis on meeting the academic needs of students who are enrolled in impoverished, low-performing schools (Afterschool Alliance, 2009). 

As the sole source of federal funding committed to afterschool programming, it is imperative to comprehend the complex evolution of the 21st CCLC model over the past fifteen years and the impact it has had on millions of young people across the country. The direction in which the Obama administration takes this initiative will most likely boil down to the perception it forms of the program’s evolution and the value it assigns to the different shapes and sizes that the 21st CCLC program has embodied along the way.


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