The Texas 21st Century Community Learning Center Program supports 141 programs across the state that provide afterschool shelter, academic learning and enrichment activities to Texas school children. Over 120,000 students in the state of Texas are enrolled in the program.
Individual programs form partnerships with local schools, community based organizations, faith-based organizations, volunteers and parents to provide a wide array of before and after-school support to community children.
Each program is supported by a three-year grant and through approval of continuation applications may be extended to year 4 and year 5 for a total of 5 years of grant funded programs administered by the Texas Education Agency. At the end of the 5 year period, it is anticipated that the programs will become self-sustaining with the continued support from schools, volunteers and community partners.
The Communities In Schools 21st Century Community Learning Centers provide students in grades three through twelve at no cost, safe environment for expanded learning and enrichment opportunities before and after-school hours. Programs also offer enhanced academic and tutorial services to help students meet state and local academic achievement standards in reading, math, science and social studies.
In addition to the academic components, 21st Century Community Learning Centers offer students a broad array of additional services, enrichment programs and activities such as youth development, drug and violence prevention, fine arts, science, technology, physical fitness, health, wellness, nutrition, community service, mentoring, college preparedness, career exploration, work force readiness and civic responsibility. Families of students participating in 21st Century Community Learning Centers are also offered opportunities for literacy, parenting, technology and related educational development opportunities.
Goal & Objectives
All students will graduate prepared for post-secondary education and/or join the workforce.
• Improve academics
• Improve attendance
• Improve behavior
• Improve promotion rates
• Improve graduation rates
CIS 21st Century Community Learning Center programs are available to students in grades 3-12 who may not be performing well in core academic subjects, who are not meeting state standardized achievement expectations, students that are not meeting promotion requirements, students that are prone to risky behaviors that adversely affect their physical, social and emotional well being and students who want a safe haven where they can relate to caring adults and peers. Students interested in participating are referred by principals, teachers, counselors and parents.
CIS -21st Century programs are offered at pre-selected schools within Alvin ISD, Angleton ISD, Columbia-Brazoria ISD, Galena Park ISD, Pasadena ISD, Sweeny ISD and Raul Yzaguirre School for Success (RYSS) charter school.