News and Events

Congratulations, Norma!

posted Mar 3, 2015, 10:28 AM by Samantha Richard

This year a new afterschool award has been included in the Child Development Bureau’s 2015 Early Childhood and Afterschool celebration on April 14, 2015.

“NHAN (New Hampshire Afterschool Network) Excellence in Afterschool Award” celebrates a commitment to quality and professionalism in the field of afterschool. This award will be presented to an afterschool professional who: fosters and encourages the development and sustainability of high quality afterschool programming, improves afterschool professionalism, and improves program quality by providing a wide variety of extended learning opportunities during out-of-school hours.

Please join us in congratulating our very own Site Coordinator, Norma Gonzalez, as she is recognized as this year’s NHAN Excellence in Afterschool Award recipient. For the past eight years, Norma has worked at Beech Street Elementary School providing high-quality enrichment programs, as well as, support and encouragement to the students and families in one of the highest need and most diverse schools in New Hampshire. She consistently strives to bring new experiences to her students and families so that they may grow not only as students, but also as contributing members of their community.

Norma continuously goes above and beyond not only for her own students, but for all students city-wide, as she looks to bring new experiences to all twelve of our afterschool programs. Thank you Norma for all of your hard work!

An Immediate Call to Action

posted Jan 29, 2015, 11:19 AM by Samantha Richard   [ updated Mar 13, 2015, 8:17 AM ]

Recently the elimination of dedicated 21st CCLC funding has been proposed. The draft Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorization bill put forth by Senate HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) last week would eliminate the dedicated 21st CCLC funding for afterschool, before-school and summer learning programs.
 In New Hampshire alone, we serve over 10,000 children and youth from communities in the greatest need without turning away students based on ability to pay. We work towards building stronger communities and community partnerships to improve student academic success and help working families.

Absence of the 21st CCLC funding would directly impact the services we provide to the students of Manchester, NH. 

Contact information for Senators:

 Senator Shaheen:

(603) 647-7500 or:

 Senator Ayotte:

(603) 622-7979 or:

Thank you!

A reminder to keep warm!

posted Jan 8, 2015, 7:11 AM by Samantha Richard   [ updated Jan 8, 2015, 7:18 AM ]

As the weather continues to drop, take a look at Protection from the Cold for tips on how to stay warm!

December Vacation Schedule

posted Dec 19, 2014, 9:40 AM by Samantha Richard

The holidays are coming up, or in some cases, are already here! We would like to update you on what the 21st Century Community Learning Centers schedule is for the rest of the month.

We will continue to offer programming on  regular school days up through Monday, December 22nd. Morning program will still take place at Beech, Gossler Park, Hallsville, McDonough, Northwest, Parker-Varney, and Wilson Elementary Schools on December 23rd. There will be no afterschool program beginning on Wednesday, December 23rd. 

Regular programming will resume on Monday, January 5th.

Enjoy your vacation!

2014 Manchester Christmas Parade

posted Dec 3, 2014, 7:34 AM by Samantha Richard

21st CCLC students and staff will once again be marching in Manchester's Christmas Parade! This year's theme is "Christmas in Cinema". We ask that you dress the part, if possible. Be sure to wear layers and bring gloves, but feel free to dress in the spirit of the season. You can also bring your favorite small toy to carry in the parade! Students must be dropped off at 1750 Elm St., the Brady Sullivan building parking lot no later than 3 pm in order to participate. Parents/guardians/family members are encouraged to walk in the parade as well. Pick- Up will be at approximately 4:45 pm at the end of the parade route, on the corner of Elm Street and Lake Avenue. If the parade is cancelled on Saturday, the rain date is Sunday, December 7th. Permission slips are available with site coordinators and must be signed and returned in order to participate. There is no cost to this event!

Lights On Afterschool - Another Success

posted Oct 24, 2014, 8:01 AM by Samantha Richard   [ updated Oct 24, 2014, 8:02 AM ]

Last night Beech Street Elementary School hosted yet another successful Lights On Afterschool event! The 21st CCLC would like to thank program staff, City Year, the Training Station's Aaron Butler, and all attendees for helping make this year’s celebration one to remember. We hope to see even more people next year! 

Lights on Afterschool!

posted Oct 21, 2014, 7:37 AM by Samantha Richard   [ updated Oct 21, 2014, 9:51 AM ]

This Thursday, October 23, 2014, from 6:30 to 7:30 PM Beech Street Elementary School will host our annual Lights on Afterschool celebration. Our event is free and open to the public. 
Children and their families are invited to participate in interactive enrichment activities that are engaging for all ages. There will be a variety of art projects, a photo booth, and face painting. Families also will have a chance to learn about some of our program offerings, and chat with the staff members and community partners that work with the 21st CCLC.

Onward and Upward, Program News

posted Sep 10, 2014, 7:20 AM by Samantha Richard   [ updated Oct 8, 2014, 6:48 AM ]

The most recent newsletter can now be found on our website.  Make sure to take a look at what's been happening lately over at 21st Century!

Welcome Back!

posted Sep 3, 2014, 6:44 AM by Samantha Richard   [ updated Sep 5, 2014, 12:04 PM ]

The 21st CCLC Program would like to welcome back all students, and wish them an excellent first day of school! Our afterschool program will start back up on Monday, September 15th. Be sure to keep an eye out for flyers and registration forms that will soon be available at your child’s participating school, and can also be found here on our website. We’re excited to kick off another great year together!

Last Day

posted Aug 1, 2014, 6:28 AM by Samantha Richard   [ updated Aug 1, 2014, 8:08 AM ]

Today is the last day of our four-week summer program! We would like to thank the Bedford Youth Performing Company, Julia Steed Mawson, and Heidi Bennett, along with all of our staff and volunteers for their efforts in facilitating fun and educational activities for our 21st Century students and for making this summer the best one yet!

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