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21st Century Community Learning Centers

Mission and Vision
The mission of the PIECES Before and After School Program is to provide services before and after school that meet the needs of children and their families through academic, social and cultural opportunities that promote learning and self-esteem necessary for life-long success. The components of our quality programs are safe, welcoming, and innovative environments; highly skilled and trained educators; engaging learning opportunities that are intentionally connected to school day curriculum; and relationship building supported by caring adults. We ensure key ingredients necessary to provide expanded learning opportunities that engage students and build 21st century skills necessary to succeed.


PIECES Before/After School Program Staff

Please contact the Home/School Liaison or After School Program Coordinator at your school if you are interested.

Cree Gully - Aldo Leopold Middle School (319) 752-8390 ext. 3131  cree.gully@bcsds.org

Rhonda Murphy-Doud - Edward Stone Middle School (319) 752-4393 ext. 5223   rhonda.murphydoud@bcsds.org

Aaron Wagner - North Hill Elementary (319) 753-6363 ext. 2821  aaron.wagner@bcsds.org

Cassie Gerst - BCSD's 21CCLC's Grant Coordinator (319) 753-2211 ext. 1054  cassie.gerst@bcsds.org

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If your student attends a BCSD Elementary School other than North Hill, there is an afterschool program currently being offered through the Burlington YMCA. 

Please visit the YMCA's website to learn more or call  Brandy at the YMCA (319) 753-6734, ext. 139 brandy@burlingtony.org .

Overview of Pieces Programs

The daily schedule includes a healthy snack, hands-on activities, time for homework support, academic enrichment classes and opportunities for children to explore new interests.  Forming positive relationships, socializing with peers and caring adults will be part of the daily activities. The areas that we will be exploring include: Art, Music, Technology, Science, Character Education, Career or Vocational Interests, and Clubs that students tell us they are interested in exploring such as Aerospace, Astronomy, Healthcare Fields, Animals, Wildlife, Sports Medicine and more!

The Program will run from 6:50-7:50 AM Monday-Friday and 3:15-4:50 Monday through Thursday. There are also some Saturdays and Sunday field trips. A schedule will be sent out every month with days and activities.  Transportation can be provided for students in the afternoon program.

Evaluation Results

BCSD hires an external evaluator to review our PIECES programs on an annual basis.  Listed below are the results of the first two years of BCSD's 21st Century Community Learning Center's grant years.  Questions about the evaluation report can be made to Cassie Gerst at cassie.gerst@bcsds.org. 

Evaluation Report 2014-2015

Year Two Evaluation 2015-2016

PIECES Program Goals

  • To assist youth in meeting state standards for core academic subjects by providing students with academic enrichment opportunities before school, after school and/or during holidays or summer recess.
  • To offer participants a broad array of other services and programs, such as art, music, recreation activities, character education, career and technical training, drug and violence prevention programming, and technology education.
  • To provide educational services for families of participating students, such as literacy instruction, computer training and/or cultural enrichment.
  • To ensure that both youth and their families have decision-making roles in the creation, operation and evaluation of every 21st CCLC.
  • To mobilize school, community and private sector social and health services support and resources in order to remove barriers that impede students’ learning.

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About 21st Century Community Learning Center funding
The 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) program is authorized under Title IV, Part B of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. The 21st CCLC program provides federal funding for the establishment of community learning centers that provide academic, artistic and cultural enrichment opportunities for children, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools, in order to meet state and local standards in core academic subjects such as reading, math and science. This program is also intended to offer students a broad array of activities and to include families and the community in the educational process.


The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 recognizes that improved student achievement occurs when communities implement programs that are scientifically proven to be effective. The 21 CCLC program is committed to ensuring that students have access to high quality and engaging enrichment activities that truly support their learning and development. The 21 CCLC initiative further stresses the importance of diverse groups and organizations working together to strengthen school and community networks to help students and families succeed. Extended learning opportunities are a critical part of the continuum of learning that promote student achievement and school improvement.

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