21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Grant Program (Federally funded through ESSA Title IVB - Fund Code 647)

Technical Assistance (TA)

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (the Department) seeks to provide guidance and assistance for the enhancement and sustainability of Massachusetts 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC). Some forms of TA that the Department offers include research-based evaluation tools, site visits to 21st CCLC Programs, on-site and telephone/email consultations, and customized training and professional development.

Through a multi-tiered system of TA, the Department seeks to build the capacity of 21st CCLC programs to:

  • implement project-based and-service learning as well as other teaching and learning strategies that are multi-disciplinary and support core subject areas;
  • provide creative and innovative enrichment programming that supports students in all developmental areas (academic, social/emotional, civic engagement, wellness, etc.);
  • provide additional opportunities for adults (including school staff, program providers and partners) to participate in collaborative planning and professional development that supports desired student outcomes; and
  • build strong school-community partnerships and engage families to support student outcomes.

Online Resources

Search helpful and pertinent resources for enrichment programming.

Assessment Tools for Continuous Program Improvement

In collaboration with the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST), the Department created the Survey of Academic Youth Outcomes (SAYO) and the Assessing Program Practices Tool (APT).

Survey of Academic Youth Outcomes (SAYO)
SAYO is a research-based evaluation system that assesses changes in youth that are associated with participation in high-quality academic enrichment programs and that are likely to occur over a one-year period.

Assessing Program Practices Tool (APT)
The APT Download Word Document is an observational instrument used to assess the extent to which 21st CCLC programs are implementing practices congruent with their desired SAYO outcomes.


Contextual Learning Portal — This website provides an opportunity and a space for school districts, community organizations, non-profit educational groups, and other youth serving agencies to share projects and lessons to support contextual teaching and learning, for both teachers and learners.

Last Updated: September 19, 2016

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Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148-4906

Voice: (781) 338-3000
TTY: (800) 439-2370


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