The 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) initiative is a key component of the “No Child Left Behind” Act. It is an opportunity for students to enhance and reinforce academic lessons of the regular school day while also allowing them to learn new skills and discover new opportunities after the regular school day has ended.


The focus of this program, re-authorized under Title IV, Part B, of the No Child Left Behind Act, is to provide expanded academic enrichment opportunities for children attending low-performing schools. Tutorial services and academic enrichment activities are designed to help students meet local and state academic standards in subjects such as reading and math. In addition 21st CCLC programs provide youth development activities, drug and violence prevention programs, technology education programs, art, music and recreation programs, counseling, and character education to enhance the academic component of the program.


Authorized under Title IV, Part B, of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, the specific purposes of the federal law are to:



  • Provide opportunities for academic enrichment, including providing tutorial services to help students, particularly students who attend low-performing schools, to meet State and local student academic achievement standards in core academic subjects, such as reading and mathematics.


  • Offer students a broad array of additional services, programs, and activities, such as youth development activities, drug and violence prevention programs, counseling programs, art, music, and recreation programs, technology education programs, and character education programs, 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 literacy and related educational development.



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

  • Redland Elementary

  • Van E. Blanton Elementary

STREAMing in Action – Center

  • Goulds Elementary

  • Melrose Elementary

  • Shadowlawn Elementary

  • Cutler Bay Middle School


21st CCLC Programs at Charter Schools

Miami Community Charter Schools

Downtown Miami Charter School

Somerset Academy Charter High School South Homestead

FLDOE 21st Century Community Learning Centers


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


  • 5-year funding cycle

  • Funding $50,000 to $700,000 maximum – attendance must be met and all deliverables are expected to be submitted on time to avoid monetary consequence

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

21st CCLC Program Deliverables​

Fiscal Management of M-DCPS 21st CCLC Grants​


M-DCPS 21st CCLC Contacts