About the program...
The 21st Century Community Learning Centers program is authorized under Title IV, Part B, of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. The purpose of this important program is to create community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities for children, to meet State and local student standards in core academic subjects, to offer students a broad array of enrichment activities that can complement their regular academic programs, and to offer literacy and other educational services to the families of participating children.
The program involves the University of California at Berkeley, local elementary and middle schools, and community partnerships to serve students and their families in East Oakland. The 21st CCLC’s program emphasizes the value of community members, local organizations, businesses, and individuals working together and contributing ideas. It is also to help with program assessment and support our efforts to bring more services and activities to our school.
sThe 21st Century Community Learning Center’s (21st CCLC) Before and Afterschool Program has been designed around several key beliefs and principles. First and foremost, we believe that all children are capable learners. We regard the health and safety of children as a major priority, and the 21st CCLC Before and Afterschool Program provides a nurturing environment and safe haven for children during critical non-school hours.
The purpose of our program is to expand learning beyond the school day and beyond classroom doors and walls. Our programs are an expansion of the school day, not an extension: what we do complements, supports, and enhances daily classroom instruction. The program, while structured, provides staff and students with choices.
Our program focuses on creating educational projects that make learning fun. Students participate in a balance of individual activities, small and large group activities, indoor and outdoor activities, and quiet as well as active play.