21st Century Community Learning Centers are helping young people academically and socially and meeting the needs of families nationwide. But the demand for these programs far exceeds the supply. Nearly 25 million children are not in an afterschool program, but would be if a program were available to them.1
21st Century Community Learning Centers provide afterschool and summer learning opportunities in every state. Programs are selected for funding based on their ability to meet the needs of students and families and their connection to education priorities in the state. However, only 1 in 3 funding requests are awarded due to intense competition and lack of adequate federal funding.