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|21st Century Community Learning Center Program|
The 21st Century Community Learning Center provides more than a fun-filled schedule of after school activities; it's also a parent's best friend.
Students participating in the program remain on campus at the end of the school day to participate in various enrichment and physical activities.
"The very first thing we do is help the students with the homework assigned during school that day," said Baskin School coordinator Angie Holder. "With the help of the 21stCCLC assistants and other students, they are able to complete their assignments before they go home."
Each school has a 21CCLC site coordinator, certified teachers and parent sponsors to direct the schedule of activities. High School students assist with younger students in classes such as "Protecting you, protecting me," which informs them about personal safety and eating healthy.
Prior to completing homework assignments, students are given a healthy snack before their activities begin. The program incorporates hands-on learning and cultural activities with an array of physical activities such as soccer, golf and the favorite, kick-ball.
Students spend 30-45 minutes per day in enrichment sessions that complement their regular academic programs with equal time participating in recreational activities.
Enrichment sessions include science experiments for participants such as making homemade ice cream with a few ingredients and a Zip-Loc bag of ice. Terri Crawford of the LSU AgCenter directs the "Smart Bodies" program to teach young students how nutrition affects the body. Girls from Crowville middle school recently learned to crochet while elementary students learned the elements of the color wheel from Jennifer Allen.
The 21CCLC Program provides funding to local education agencies, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations and other public or private entities through a competitive process. Grants are awarded to those entities which can provide academic enrichment opportunities for children within the local standards in core academic subjects.
In Louisiana, three-year grants are awarded to both public and private entities to create community learning centers before school, after school and in the summer months for low-income students and their families.
The 21stCCLC program is authorized by Title IV, Part B, of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.