The Kentucky Department of Education’s mission is to partner with districts, schools, and education stakeholders to provide service, support and leadership to ensure success for each and every student.
The 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program provides academic, artistic and cultural enrichment opportunities for children, particularly students who attend high poverty and low-performing schools, to meet state and local standards in core academic subjects, such as reading, math and science. The purpose is to provide students with homework assistance and a broad array of activities that can complement their regular academic programs while also promoting youth development; and to offer literacy and other educational services to the families of participating children. Programs must ensure the academic services provided are aligned with the school’s curriculum in the core subject areas. Based on this guidance, applicants must address, but are not limited to, the following goals for Kentucky’s 21st CCLC programs:
- Increase academic achievement of regularly participating students.
- Improve non-cognitive indicators of success in regularly participating students.
- Increase the number of students attending the program 30 days or more during the academic year.
- Increase access to high-quality programming.
- Increase access to college/career preparation activities for middle and high school students.
- Increase educational opportunities for parents and families that support academic achievement.
Kentucky’s 21st CCLC programs are committed to ensuring that students have access to high-quality and engaging enrichment activities that truly support their learning and development. The 21st CCLC initiative further stresses the importance of diverse groups and organizations working together to strengthen school and community networks to help students and families succeed.
Kentucky’s focus is to increase academic achievement. This should balance enrichment opportunities that include active, hands-on engagement with activities that address the needs of the whole-child and focus on Kentucky Academic Standards.