21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) Update:
We have great news for afterschool programs in New York and across the country! On December 10, 2015, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act into law, reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The Every Student Succeeds Act, better known as ESSA, contains language that strengthens and supports student access to quality afterschool and summer programs by preserving a dedicated funding stream for the 21st CCLC program.

The future of the 21st CCLC program was threatened in early 2015 when the U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve the Student Success Act (H.R. 5), which eliminated dedicated funding for the 21st CCLC program. Thanks to advocates and champions across the country, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee unanimously approved an amendment to preserve the program, which made it’s way into the final ESSA bill that was passed by the House and Senate, and signed into law by the President.

We couldn’t be more proud of our partners and advocates who dedicated their time towards preserving New York’s largest funding stream for afterschool and summer programs. Thanks to everyone’s efforts, children across the state and country will continue to have access to these high-quality opportunities outside of the traditional school day.

Girls 21stCCLCThe 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program is the only federal funding stream that solely supports afterschool and expanded learning opportunities. In federal fiscal year 2014, $1.1 billion was appropriated for 21st CCLC, with New York receiving $84.5 million. The funding currently supports 60,000 students and families by providing them with high-quality afterschool and expanded learning experiences. New York’s most recent 21st CCLC grant competition received 458 applications, requesting more than $250 million–but only 128 were funded. More funding is needed for 21st CCLC to meet the demand in New York State and across the country.
The Network for Youth Success also endorses federal legislation that would support afterschool and summer programs.
Thank You to Our 2015 Federal Supporters!federal

  • Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
  • Senator Chuck Schumer
  • Representative Yvette Clark
  • Representative Joe Crowley
  • Representative Eliot Engel
  • Representative Brian Higgins
  • Representative Nita Lowey, Co-Chair of the Afterschool Caucus
  • Representative Carolyn Maloney
  • Representative Sean Patrick Maloney
  • Representative Greg Meeks
  • Representative Jerry Nadler
  • Representative Charles Rangel
  • Team with CollinsRepresentative Kathleen Rice
  • Representative Louise Slaughter
  • Representative Paul Tonko

NYS 21st Century Factsheet

21st CCLC