News and Events

An Immediate Call to Action

posted Jan 29, 2015, 11:19 AM by Samantha Richard

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.
We need your voices to explain the value and importance of maintaining separate federal funding for programs that support our students when school is out. We ask you to please urge our NH Senators Shaheen and Ayotte to weigh in against this proposal. A very strong show of support is crucial and necessary.

 Their contact information is:

 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!

We Need Your Help!!

posted Jul 29, 2014, 12:38 PM by Samantha Richard   [ updated Jul 29, 2014, 12:45 PM ]

Over at Beech Street Elementary the most popular activity is the Unicycle Team. However due to the declining condition of our current unicycles we are unable to meet the high demand of students who wish to participate. Students that do make the team often need to share the few unicycles we have, making it even harder for them to learn the difficult skill. If you or anyone you know owns a slightly used unicycle and are interested in donating it, or are interested in donating funds towards the purchase of new, working unicycles, please contact Samantha Richard at No donation is too small, and would be greatly appreciated!

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