21st CCLC

21st Century Community Learning Centers

In Pennsylvania, the 21st Century Community Learning Center initiative is the only federal funding source dedicated exclusively to before and after school and summer learning programs. Investments in 21st CCLC programs are keeping children in high‐poverty, low‐performing schools safe and supported, engaging them in interest‐driven, academically enriching activities, and providing peace of mind to working families. However, the number of Pennsylvania students who would be enrolled in an afterschool program if one were available to them far outweighs the number of students who attend a 21st CCLC program, due in large part to limited federal funding for programs.

Current State of 21st CCLC Programs in Pennsylvania

  • 39,989 students participate in a 21st CCLC program
  • 153 Pennsylvania 21st CCLC grantees are in 464 centers
  • More than 600 communities are served by a 21st CCLC program in Pennsylvania

A statewide evaluation of Pennsylvania's 21st CCLC programs found that, based on teacher surveys, students regularly participating in the programs made improvements in their engagement in school, academics and behavior. Among students who needed to improve in the following respective areas, 67% improved academically, 58% improved their class attentiveness and 52% improved their classroom behavior. (Pennsylvania Department of Education, 2015)

Budget Analysis of 21st Century Community Learning Centers Including the FY2018 President's Budget Proposal (Afterschool Alliance)

Trump Proposal to End Afterschool Funding a "Betrayal of Children, Families, Communities", Statement of Jodi Grant, Executive Director, Afterschool Alliance

The President Says Afterschool Doesn't Work – That's Just Not True (Afterschool Alliance)

Prevent the Dire Consequences of Eliminating Federal Afterschool Funding (National Afterschool Association)


Get Involved

Afterschool and Summer Learning Programs Need Your Support
Reach out to House and Senate Appropriators to protect afterschool choices.
Talking Points, Fact Sheets and Updates
• 2017 21st CCLC Fact Sheet
• 2016 21st CCLC Overview
• Afterschool in Pennsylvania Fact Sheet
• Afterschool STEM Helps Close the Achievement Gap (2017 report featuring Pennsylvania OST providers)
• Afterschool: Improving Lives in Pennsylvania
• Expanding Minds and Opportunities
• NCASE Resource library

Make a Difference by Educating Congress About the Importance of 21st CCLC Afterschool and Summer Learning Programs
Dauphin, Lehigh, Lebanon, Northampton and Berks Counties
Congressman Charles W. Dent
Congressional Appropriations Committee
Schuylkill, Carbon, Monroe, Luzerne, Lackawanna and Northampton Counties
Congressman Matt Cartwright
Congressional Appropriations Committee


News Reports

3/17/17 The White House Said Afterschool Programs Don't Help Kids. Here's What the Research Says

3/17/17 How Trump's Budget Cuts Could Hurt Low-Income Americans

3/17/17 Congressman Barletta Protests SHINE Cuts 

3/16/17 Trump's Proposed Budget Calls for Big Cuts to Afterschool, Summer Programs

3/15/17 Congressman Barletta Calls on Budget Director to Restore SHINE Funding