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Making the Most of 21st Century Community Learning Centers

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December 11, 2012
21st CCLC brief cover

States have a remarkable opportunity to build the capacity of schools to ready students for college and careers, increase graduation rates and improve student and teacher retention by re-imagining school-and-community partnerships to give students more transformative learning opportunities.

This brief describes how states can strengthen their use of federal 21st Century Community Learning Center funds to motivate students to achieve at the levels essential for citizenship in a global economy, and to help them draw on their full capabilities so that all students can discover their greatness.

Recommendations include:

1. Foster collaboration among educators, families and communities to support better outcomes.

2. Ensure active and meaningful school-and-community partnerships in all 21st CCLC awards.

3. Ensure that expanded learning time models are well-aligned with 21st CCLC goals and do not duplicate what goes on during the regular school day.

4. Support quality initiatives.

5. Identify other public funding sources that can be blended with 21st CCLC to scale initiatives to serve more students in need of these opportunities.

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