School Children

21st Century Community Learning Centers

The 21st Century Community Learning Centers program supports the creation of community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools. The program helps students meet state and local student standards in core academic subjects, such as reading and math; offers students a broad array of enrichment activities that can complement their regular academic programs; and offers literacy and other educational services to the families of participating children.

In partnership with the Marshalltown Community School District, MICA is providing an afterschool program for 240 students held in six elementary schools throughout the district.

Improving student achievement with quality afterschool programming

The 21st CCLC program aims to increase student achievement through four primary goals:

1. Improving the math proficiency of targeted students

2. Providing a wide variety of enrichment activities

3. Increasing family engagement in students' learning

4. Addressing chronic absence

Program staff will achieve these goals through innovative, evidence-based strategies and a strong collaboration between MICA and the district.

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Track our progress!

MICA will post regular evaluation reports on this site so you can see the great work we are accomplishing through the 21st CCLC program!

If you have questions, please contact:

Crystal Denny, Out of School Time Coordinator


Phone: 641-750-1196

Valerie Ruiz, Family Development Program Coordinator, School-Based Services


Phone: 641-516-3113