The Truman Pierce Institute has contracted with the Alabama State Department of Education to assist the 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) program in various capacities.
1. Reporting System- TPI assists all of the 21st CCLC grantees with any problems they encounter using the federal and state on-line reporting system through training and on-going support. We also act as the State Department of Education liaison between the State Department of Education 21st CCLC program and Grantee contacts, SDE consultants, and Learning Points Associates. TPI also contracts with a webmaster to maintain and support the state web-based report.
2. Summer Camps- TPI will conduct a summer training camp as well as act as lead agency in identifying four other institutions of higher learning to host the other four camps. Goals, schedules, activities, evaluation, follow-up, and reports are coordinated by the TPI staff. The summer camps are for rising high school students concentrating on improving their skills to become more effective after-school tutors in their 21st CCLC programs. Emphasis is on improving math, art, science and writing skills and included numerous natural science topics and experiences.
3. Trainings- TPI coordinates, supports, and provides training for grantees and their support staff. These trainings are conducted regionally and state—wide throughout the year focusing on their needs.
4. Alabama Cooperative Extension- TPI works cooperatively with the Alabama Cooperative Extension to provide technical and planning assistance to 21st CCLC grantees interested in incorporating environmental education into their programs. Free educational resources are also provided upon completion of various trainings.
The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 provides opportunities for communities to start or expand community learning centers. These centers provide academic enrichment activities, services designed to reinforce and complement the student's regular academic program, and opportunities for families to participate in literacy and educational development programs. 21st CCLC programs provide a range of high-quality services to students and their families before and after regular school hours including school breaks and summer vacation. Activities may include:
In 2008-09 there were 149 Community Learning Centers in Alabama providing services to approximately 16,650 children. Over 824 programs were offered during the year for 21st CCLC parents and family members.