The 21st Century Community Learning Program is a program funded by the Illinois State Board of Education and seeks to provide academic and recreational enrichment activities to at-risk youth. In addition to homework help the program will provide cultural, recreational, and service-learning activities that will further aid students in connecting with the world around them. Current 21st Century Programs are operated at Laketown Elementary, Lee Elementary, Pleasant Hill Elementary, Southern View Elementary, Wanless Elementary, Capital College Prep Academy, and Lanphier High School operate 4-5 days per week immediately following school depending on program needs.


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Public Notice of Intent to Apply for 21st CCLC Grant Funding

Springfield Urban League, Inc. intends to apply for 21st Century Community Learning Centers funding. If awarded, this funding will support comprehensive after-school programming for elementary, middle and high school students at several Springfield District 186 Public Schools.

The purpose of the federally-funded 21st CCLC Program is to establish Community Learning Centers that operate during out-of-school hours and provide students with academic enrichment opportunities with other activities designed to complement the students' school-day program. The program will also give the opportunity for students and their families to continue to learn new skills and discover new abilities after the school day has ended.

More information about the grant can be found on the Illinois State Board of Education web site.