The Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) program provides federal funding to support opportunities for communities to establish activities in community learning centers that:

  • Provide quality out-of-school time for academic enrichment opportunities, particularly for those students who attend low-performing and high poverty schools, to meeting West Virginia challenging academic standards in core content areas;
  • Offer families of participants opportunities for active and meaningful engagement in their children’s education, including opportunities for literacy and related educational development; and
  • Offer students a broad array of additional services, program, and activities that are designed to reinforce and complement the regular academic program of participants.

This program is authorized under Title IV, Part B of the Federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015.  Allocations for each state are based upon a portion of a state’s Title I population ages 5-17, as well as census information. Current guidelines for the administration of this program was transferred to state education agencies under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (formerly NCLB Act of 2001) and may be found under Title IV Part B—Nita M. Lowery 21st Century Community Learning Centers of Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) {[20 U.S.S.7171-7176].