21st Century Community Learning Centers

Support for Successful, Independent Learners.

Des Moines Public Schools has been home to 21st Century Community Learning Centers program (21st CCLC) since 2007. The initiative provides academic programming, recreational enrichment, and family literacy to students and families at the following schools:

  • Jackson Elementary
  • Park Avenue Elementary
  • South Union Elementary
  • Stowe Elementary
  • Brubaker Elementary
  • Jackson Elementary
  • Cattell Elementary
  • Howe Elementary
  • Lovejoy Elementary
  • Madison Elementary
  • Oak Park Elementary
  • Windsor Elementary
  • Findley Elementary
  • Wright Elementary

More than 10,000 students have participated in the program since its inception.

The 21st CCLC program provides academic assistance to help students become successful, independent learners. Students in 21st CCLC programs receive tailored, individualized support through coordination and communication between their daytime teachers and their after-school teachers. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) activities are also offered, necessary for students to gain 21st century workforce skills. Other activities include a variety of topics, such as: cooking around the world, financial education, jewelry making, movie making, gardening, physical fitness activities (disc golf, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, dancing, etc.), and personal development building healthy self-esteem and positive relationships.21st CCLC bridges the gap between school, family, and community, forging connections and providing a comprehensive support system to help youth succeed academically and socially.

Interim After School Program Manager

Linda Phillips
Address: 2820 Center Street, Des Moines, IA

After School Program Manager

Kelsi Stanley
Address: 2820 Center Street, Des Moines