21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) Update:
Last modified April 30, 2020
The future of the 21st CCLC program has been threatened again. For the fourth year in a row, President Trump’s FY21 budget proposal eliminates all funds towards the program. This leaves over 60,000 New York kids and about 2 million children nationwide at risk of losing their afterschool programs. Thanks to advocates and champions across the country, the US House and Senate, in strong bipartisan support, restored and increased funding for the program by $28 million in the FY20 budget. This year, the fight to save the 21st CCLC program continues.
The 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program is the only federal funding stream dedicated to afterschool, summer, and expanded learning opportunities. In federal FY2020, $1.25 billion, (a 2.3 percent increase above the 2019 enacted level) was appropriated for 21st CCLC, with New York receiving $93 million. The funding currently supports 60,000 students and families by providing them with high-quality afterschool, summer, and expanded learning experiences. Click on the 21st CCLC Factsheet to learn more.
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This week, the Network is pleased to shine a spotlight on Shakema Cyrus, the afterschool program director for Girls Prep Lower East Side Middle School. Inspired by the afterschool program she attended when she was younger, Shakema began working in the afterschool field in 2018. “Through that experience, I was able to build long-lasting relationships, be exposed to many community opportunities that have aided in my growth as a young adult, and [gain] access to organizations that I am now able to partner with for my current students,” said Shakema. Shakema has successfully applied her previous skills in event planning and education to create amazing opportunities for students, staff, and their families, and "to educate, support, and empower the community" that she serves. The SAC Credential Course was essential to Shakema’s transition from her business background to the afterschool field. Taking this course was a “no-brainer,” she explained, as it positioned her to elevate her career and run a great program that is "in compliance with every aspect of [our] program requirements." Shakema went on to say that, “Through taking the SAC Credential Course, I learned that creating an efficient afterschool program for students takes hard work and commitment...and that the opportunities are endless as long as you're utilizing all resources provided to you to create the best program possible." To find an agency that teaches the SAC Credential near you, click here. For more information on the asynchronous distance learning course, click here. ... See MoreSee Less