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21st Century Community Learning Centers

The 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) serves as a supplementary program to enhance local reform efforts. In Texas, this program is known as ACE (Afterschool Centers on Education). The ACE program assists students in meeting academic standards in core subjects (math, reading, science, social studies) by providing out-of-school time services to students and their families through community learning centers that offer an array of enrichment activities to complement regular academic programs. 

Results from the most recent evaluation of 21st CCLC:

  • ACE 9th-12th grade participants had higher test scores in Reading/ELA & Mathematics, compared to non-participants.
  • ACE 6th-12th grade participants had fewer disciplinary incidents, compared to non-participants.
  • ACE 4th-11th grade participants had fewer school day absences.
  • ACE participants attending 60 days or more had an increased likelihood of grade promotion, ranging from 18% to 97% with the largest increase in high school.


We asked, and you delivered.

When the President called for elimination of funding for afterschool, we asked you (more than once!) to act. And act you did: you sent 71,500 emails to Congress, joined 300 face-to-face meetings, set up dozens of site visits with policymakers, and helped hundreds of afterschool representatives make the case for afterschool on Capitol Hill.

Did it matter? YES! We’ve gone from $0 and 1.6 million kids losing afterschool, to a proposal in Congress that keeps programs for 1.4 million kids nationwide. But the budget battle is far from over.

Now is the perfect opportunity to take stock and determine the path ahead. Find out where we are, where we’ve been, and what lies ahead for afterschool advocates and supporters in our latest policy blog, “You are here: The policy road map to protecting afterschool funding.”

In the blog, we discuss the next steps and significant dates, as well as celebrating the achievements and efforts that afterschool supporters have made along the way. And you can keep the pressure on today by sending an email to Congress.

We are proud to continue the work to save afterschool! Thank you for your support over the last months and your efforts in the fight ahead.