Community Learning Center


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What is a Community Learning Center?

CLC is a new strategy of community engagement. With an integrated focus on academics, health and social services, youth and community development, the CLC aims to improve student learning and build stronger families and healthier communities. Using school facilities as a hub to deliver programs and services, the CLC brings together partners offering a range of support to students, families and the community. The CLC responds to challenges students face both inside and outside of the classroom with schools as "centers" of the community, open to students and families beyond the school day.

HEF’s CLC Initiative began in collaboration with Henrico County Public Schools (HCPS) in 2015. We currently have four CLC sites in Henrico schools: Glen Lea Elementary, Laburnum Elementary, Ratcliffe Elementary, and Wilder Middle. Each school has a site committee that brings outside partners together with school staff to develop strategies that improve the school and increase student success.

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STEM kits from The Flying Classroom allow students to participate in virtual expeditions, adventures and challenges based on Captain Irving’s career and accomplishments; thanks to a partnership between the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) and Flying Classroom.

21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) with after school enrichment programs:

As of March 1, 2021 HEF’s four Community Learning Center sites have touched 280 students and 75 family members!