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21st Century Learning Center

The 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) initiative is a key component of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Authorized under Title IV, Part B, of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015, the specific purposes of the federal law are to:

  •  provide opportunities during non-school hours for academic enrichment, including providing tutorial services to help students, particularly students who attend low-performing schools, to meet the challenging State academic standards;

  • offer students a broad array of additional services, programs and activities during non-school hours such as youth development activities, service learning, nutrition and health education, drug and violence prevention programs, counseling programs, arts, music, physical fitness and wellness programs, technology education programs, financial literacy programs, environmental literacy programs, mathematics, science, career and technical programs, internship or apprenticeship programs, and other ties to an in-demand industry sector or occupation for high school students that are designed to reinforce and complement the regular academic program of participating students; and

  • offer families of students served by community learning centers opportunities for active and meaningful engagement in their children’s education, including opportunities for literacy and related educational development.


Program Director
Kathy Severson -- kathy.severson@desotoschools.com -- Phone 863.993.1333.x305


DeSoto Middle School
420 E. Gibson St.
Program Hours:  7:15AM - 8:15AM and 3:45PM - 4:45PM
Site Coordinators:
Dan Staples -- dan.staples@desotoschools.com -- Phone 863.494.4133
Scott Edwards -- scott.edwards@desotoschools.com -- Phone 863.494.4133


Memorial Elementary
851 E. Hickory St.
Program Hours:  2:30PM - 4:30PM
Site Coordinator:
Stephanie Langford -- stephanie.langford@desotoschools.com -- Phone 863.494.2736


Nocatee Elementary
4846 SW Shores Ave
Program Hours:  2:30PM - 4:30PM
Site Coordinator:
Erin Polk -- erin.polk@desotoschools.com -- Phone 863.494.4511


Secretary of Federal Programs
Kim Aument -- kimberly.aument@desotoschools.com -- Phone 863.993.1333