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21st Century Learning Community Center

In 2007, PACT for Families Collaborative was awarded a Cohort 3 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) grant to provide out-of-school enrichment activities for children and youth who needed extra assistance to be successful and connected community and school participants. 

Currently, PACT coordinates a Cohort 5 (began in 2012) and a Cohort 6 (began in 2014) 21st CCLC grant. These grants enable seven school districts to offer quality out-of-school (OST) programming both before and after school. The schools participating have created OST centers within their schools to offer this creative programming. The Cohort 5 and 6 school districts along with their 21st CCL Center names include: 

Cohort 5 School Sites

21st CCLC Name

Yellow Medicine East

Building Bridges

Cedar Mountain

Cougar Connection

Renville County West


Eden Valley-Watkins


Cohort 6 School Sites


Bird Island-Olivia-Danube

Warrior Project

Willmar Middle School


Willmar High School

Cardinal Headquarters


Rockets Learning Center

The goals of the 21st CCLC grants are state-mandated and include:

  • Increase participants' opportunities to develop and apply 21st century skills;
  • Increase school and community connectedness of participants;
  • Increase the academic performance of participating students who are low-performing/failing or at high risk of failure in core academic areas.    

The eight local 21st Century centers provide quality academic and social enrichment activities to eligible 5th - 12th grade youth. The students in these seven school districts are benefiting greatly from these centers by being able to access quality programming offered throughout the school year as well as in the summer.