21st CCLC Initiative

Florida's 21st CCLC - Soaring Beyond Expectations

Last updated on April 6, 2021

The 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) initiative is a key component of the “No Child Left Behind” Act. It is an opportunity for students to enhance and reinforce academic lessons of the regular school day, while also allowing them to learn new skills and discover new opportunities after the regular school day has ended.

The focus of this program, re-authorized under Title IV, Part B, of the No Child Left Behind Act, is to provide expanded academic enrichment opportunities for children attending low performing schools. Tutorial services and academic enrichment activities are designed to help students meet local and state academic standards in subjects such as reading and math.

Books written by children in the21st CCLC program.

The City of Orlando’s Recreation division is able to offer increased educational services at no cost to elementary age students, Kindergarten through 5th grade, and their families at three of our program sites. The program provides all necessary supplies and teachers for academic instruction.

Academic instruction is taught through Project-Based Learning (PBL). PBL is a way of teaching that focuses on themes for an extended period of time, which helps students gain knowledge and valuable life skills. Students investigate and respond to challenging questions or problems, utilizing critical thinking, communication and problem-solving skills. This way of teaching helps students make real world applications to what they are learning in the classroom.

A student harvesting peanuts with his Garden and Nutrition instructor.

Students are educated in core academic areas (math, science and reading) and in specialized enrichment areas. This year students will be engaging in the Mindworks Curriculum. The spring/summer theme is That's Life!, You Be You and Creature Features. Students will be exposed to a variety of topics including Art in Action, Exploration, Math Matters, Around the World, Bring on the Books and Spreading the Word. 

Jackson Neighborhood Center
1002 West Carter Street Orlando, FL 32805
407.246.4459

Program Dates and Times  Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays: 3 - 5:30 p.m.
Wednesdays: 2:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Cost Free
Schools Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) - Pick Up Provided

Engelwood Neighborhood Center
6123 La Costa Drive Orlando, FL 32807
407.246.4453

Program Dates and Times  Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays: 3:30 - 6 p.m.
Wednesdays: 2:30 - 6 p.m.
Cost Free
Schools Engelwood Elementary

Rock Lake Neighborhood Center
440 North Tampa Avenue Orlando, FL 32805
407.246.4473

Program Dates and Times  Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays: 3:30 - 6 p.m.
Wednesdays: 2:30 - 6 p.m.
Cost Free
Schools Rock Lake Elementary