Changing Lives Through Balance!
The Manchester School District’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers is a federally funded out-of-school time program whose mission is to support student learning and growth by providing academic support and enrichment activities at fourteen identified Manchester schools.
News and Events
Enrichment Instructors Needed
The 21st Century Program has several openings available for part-time Enrichment Instructors at a variety of our elementary and middle school locations. The Enrichment Instructor plans and leads activities with students in the afterschool program, as well as providing assistance to teachers and staff in providing snack and ensuring a safe environment. Positions pay $15/hr and candidates must have a passion for working with students. Click here to apply today!
Gossler Park and Northwest
Due to staffing shortages, our programs at Gossler Park and Northwest will open on a delayed schedule, September 27. Program staff are working diligently to recruit and train new staff to work in our programs and to ensure that we can offer the highest quality academic support and enrichment to our students.
Fall 2021 Update
The 21st Century Program is getting ready to reopen for the 2021-2022 school year! We have many important updates that we will be sharing over the coming week. Program will start on September 20, and for our three new locations (Jewett, Webster and Weston) we are tentatively scheduled to open on October 4.
In-Person Pilot Begins
The 21st Century Program is excited to begin a limited in person pilot program at Henry Wilson and McDonough Elementary Schools. We are starting this program with 4th grade and English Learners at Wilson and 3rd and 4th grade students at McDonough. We will have an enrollment limit of ten students per cohort to maintain a safe and fun learning environment. Click Here to read more.
Session 2 - Open Enrollment!
Our Session 2 will be starting on November 30, 2020- as we continue in our remote program, we still host students who have been participating during our first session, and encourage parents to sign their students up for session 2 if they have not already participated this year. Students will continue to receive academic support from teachers and enjoy educational and fun games and activities with our staff all afternoon! Girls will also have the chance to sign up for our Girls at Work Yes YOU Can home classroom kits - contact your school 21st Century Site Coordinator for more information.
Lights On! Afterschool 2020
Join us for our annual Lights On event today, October 22, 2020! This years event will be held virtually and is a great opportunity for students, parents and families to join in on some of the great activities that take place in our program. Students have received Meet codes for the event starting at 4:30 and wrapping up at 5:30. We are also excited to have Mayor Joyce Craig join us for the celebration, and for Manchester City Hall to be lit up in blue and yellow in honor of this nationwide event.
New! Family Handbook
Remote Session One Registration
We are excited to start our 21st Century Online Program registration for Session One!
Session One will run from September 28 to November 24 and include academic and enrichment activities for students remotely. Our staff and teachers have been hard at work creating great programming for our students and can't wait to start.
Capacity is limited, students we are unable to accommodate will be added to a waiting list.
Check your email for more information and a link, or learn more on our Registration Page.
2020 Summer Camp
This summer we launched our virtual summer camp in partnership with the Summer Learning Academy! We provided four weeks of virtual academic instruction, enrichment and fun.
Students created space stations (below) and owl trees during our 21st Century-led enrichment activities. (Left) Students even used Oreos to represent the phases of the moon!
Our partners Girls at Work provided students with incredible home Build Kits that let them experience the empowering Girls at Work program from home! Students built bird feeders, planters and a Wish Upon a Star box!
Students received books courtesy of the CLiF Foundation and kits with materials for crafts and activities from 21st Century!
The Manchester Community Music School provided movement and music activities to our students that kept them moving even while at home!