What is a Community Learning Center?

What is S.T.E.M.?

"In a world that’s becoming increasingly complex, where success is driven not only by what you know, but by what you can do with what you know, it’s more important than ever for our youth to be equipped with the knowledge and skills to solve tough problems, gather and evaluate evidence, and make sense of information. These are the types of skills that students learn by studying science, technology, engineering, and math—subjects collectively known as STEM." http://www.ed.gov/stem



A community learning center offers academic, artistic, and cultural enrichment opportunities to students and their families during non-school hours (before or after school) or periods when school is not in session (including holidays, weekends or summer recess). A community learning center assists students in meeting state and local academic achievement standards in core academic subjects, such as reading and mathematics, by providing the students with opportunities for academic enrichment. Centers also provide students with a broad array of other activities – such as drug and violence prevention, counseling, art, music, recreation, technology, and character education programs – during periods when school is not in session. Community learning centers also serve the families of participating students through family literacy programs and other activities.




The 21st Century Community Learning Center in Clayton

Thanks to a $1.25 million federal grant funded through the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC), students attending Clayton Middle School will be offered after-school programming throughout the school year. The grant funds an after-school program at Clayton Middle School five days per week from 2:30 pm - 5:30pm, as well as a 4-week summer component.

Enrolled students receive:
-Daily homework help from certified teaching staff
-Engaging enrichment activities focused in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (S.T.E.M.)
-Daily snack and drink
-Field trips and family events
-A free activity bus home 


Clayton Public School District will collaborate with parents and the community to provide a safe, caring, and engaging learning environment where all students achieve Common Core State Standards, along with the knowledge, skills, and experiences to succeed in a global society. 


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“This project was funded in its entirety from the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), Title IV, Part B, 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) grant through a grant agreement with the New Jersey Department of Education.”