21st Century Community Learning Centers

The 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) serves as a supplementary program to enhance local reform efforts. In Texas, this program is known as ACE (Afterschool Centers on Education). The ACE program assists students in meeting academic standards in core subjects (math, reading, science, social studies) by providing out-of-school time services to students and their families through community learning centers that offer an array of enrichment activities to complement regular academic programs. 

The Texas Education Agency focuses state and federal resources on identifying and replicating proven strategies for dropout prevention and recovery. ACE provides targeted academic support to address skill gaps and enrich the learning environment for students who are off track and struggling.

Eligible organizations include: LEAs, non-profits, for-profit organizations, institutions of higher education, and city or county government agencies. 

There are currently 74 ACE grantees serving 519 campuses in 117 school districts. The ACE program uses 3,697 certified teachers to serve over 84,637 students.

Results from the most recent evaluation of 21st CCLC: Texas 21st Century Community Learning Centers Interim Evaluation Report, March 2013:

  • ACE 9th-12th grade participants had higher test scores in Reading/ELA & Mathematics, compared to non-participants.
  • ACE 6th-12th grade participants had fewer disciplinary incidents, compared to non-participants.
  • ACE 4th-11th grade participants had fewer school day absences.
  • ACE participants attending 60 days or more had an increased likelihood of grade promotion, ranging from 18% to 97% with the largest increase in high school.

See the Executive Summary, March 2013 for more information.

ACE Funding Information

FY 2014 totaled $101,583,903 and consisted of: Cycle 6 (August 1, 2009- July 31, 2014), Cycle 7 (August 1, 2011- July 31, 2016), and Cycle 8 (August 1, 2013- July 31, 2018).

ACE Grant Awards

Below is a list of all the cycles of Texas grantees that were funded with 21st CCLC.

  • Cycle 1: Inactive (Cycle 1 grantees completed their 5th year of funding on June 30, 2008)
  • Cycle 2: Inactive (Cycle 2 grantees completed their 5th year of funding on May 31, 2009)
  • Cycle 3: Inactive (Cycle 3 grantees completed their 5th year of funding on August 31, 2009)
  • Cycle 4: Inactive (Cycle 4 grantees completed their 5th year of funding on June 30, 2011)
  • Cycle 5: Inactive (Cycle 5 grantees completed their 5th year of funding on July 31, 2013)
  • Cycle 6: Inactive (Cycle 6 grantees completed their 5th year of funding on July 31, 2014)
  • Cycle 7: Active
  • Cycle 8: Active

The laws and rules of the ACE program are: Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Title IV, Part B, No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) and the Education Department General Administrative Regulation (EDGAR) - 34 CFR 76, 77, 80, 82, 85, and 99.