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The 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) initiative is a key component of the “Every Student Succeeds” Act (ESSA). Authorized under Title IV, Part B of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015.

The specific purposes of the federal law are to:

  • Provide opportunities during non-school hours for academic enrichment, including providing tutorial services to help students, particularly students who attend low-performing schools, to meet the challenging State academic standards.

  • Offer students a broad array of additional services, programs and activities during non-school hours such as youth development activities, service learning, nutrition and health education, drug and violence prevention programs, counseling programs, arts, music, physical fitness and wellness programs, technology education programs, financial literacy programs, environmental literacy programs, mathematics, science, career and technical programs, internship or apprenticeship programs, and other ties to an in-demand industry sector or occupation for high school students that are designed to reinforce and complement the regular academic program of participating students.

  • Offer families of students served by community learning centers opportunities for active and meaningful engagement in their children’s education, including opportunities for literacy and related educational development.

Each subrecipient must engage in periodic (formative) evaluations to assess progress toward achieving the proposed objectives and goal of providing high-quality opportunities for academic enrichment. Additionally, each 21st CCLC program in Florida is required to submit a summative evaluation report at the conclusion of each program year. The summative report is a detailed summary of the program and progress towards meeting stated objectives.



M-DCPS 21st CCLC Programs


Dr. William A. Chapman Elementary

Earlington Heights Elementary

Golden Glades Elementary

Jose de Diego Middle School

Liberty City Elementary

Miami Gardens Elementary

SECME Stars IV – Center​

  • Olympia Heights Elementary

  • Van E. Blanton Elementary

STREAMing in Action – Center

  • Goulds Elementary

  • Shadowlawn Elementary

FLDOE 21st Century Community Learning Centers


If you are interested in applying for this grant, click here to ​learn more.


  • The program performance period is for four (4)-years from August 1, 2022, to July 31, 2026.

  • Awards are issued annually contingent upon performance.

  • The award funding minimum is $50,000 to a maximum of $500,000 per single award.

  • We highly recommend you attend a Grant Writing Training if your school or department is planning on applying for this grant.

21st CCLC Programs at Charter Schools

Miami Community Charter Schools

Downtown Miami Charter School

Somerset Academy Charter High School South Homestead

Fiscal Management of M-DCPS 21st CCLC Grants​


M-DCPS 21st CCLC Contacts






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