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New Jersey 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Soaring Beyond Expectations, Aferschool Programs

New Jersey Department of Education Office of Student Support Services 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program and Out-of-School Time Resources
New Jersey 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Soaring Beyond Expectations, Aferschool Programs

Plainfield Public Schools
Superintendent of Schools: Anna Belin-Pyles
Project Director:  Zelda Spence, MSW, MA, LSW
504 Madison Avenue Plainfield, NJ 07060
PH:  908-731-4200 Ext. 6165 OR Ext. 5381 FAX: 908-731-4362  OR

County:  Union

Servicing School District:  Plainfield Public Schools

CLC Sites:  CH Stillman Elementary School, Washington Community School, Hubbard Middle School, Maxson Middle School

Partners:  Plainfield High School, Plainfield Community Outreach, Planned Parenthood (PPGNNJ), School Based Youth Services, Family Success Center

Serving Grade Level:  4-12

No. of Students to be served:  301

No. of Adults to be Served:  301

Times of Services: Afterschool: Elementary Schools 2:45PM-5:45PM Middle Schools 3PM-6PM PM: Summer: All Grades 8AM-4PM, 5 Weeks


The mission of Plainfield's 21st CCLC after school/summer programs is to provide a safe, well-supervised environment beyond the traditional school day/year in which youth participate in a variety of academic, cultural, recreational, youth development, and enrichment learning activities designed to foster a commitment to education and life-long learning, to promote positive behavior, and to fulfill each individual's potential for intellectual, emotional, and social growth. The program integrates Common Core and NJ standards based integrated, differentiated lessons along with enrichment activities, is culturally sensitive, and supports the assessment initiative of the 20-State consortium to which NJ is a member for the implementation of the state assessment, called PARCC (Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College & Career).

Each center offers age appropriate activities in a variety of curricula areas to address the physical, intellectual and emotional needs of the students. All centers provide a basic core program of services (tutoring, homework assistance, STEM skills building, academic support in math, language arts, history, physical education, arts and culture, and parental involvement). These activities are custom designed to match the needs, interests, and multiple learning levels of the students and their families at each school. The academic component is scientifically based & supported by the academic instruction that takes place during the regular school day/year, and provides increased opportunities for students to acquire the knowledge and mastery of skills necessary for academic success in elementary/middle/high school, college, career, and vocation. Moreover, the centers offer opportunities for students to develop socialization and leadership skills as well as engagement in supervised sports and service learning projects in and around the Plainfield community.

The Summer Learning Camp provides various types of learning experiences for program participants through the use of a standards aligned model curriculum that supports children and families around five essential components: 1) high quality academic enrichment (in math, language arts, science, and social studies), 2) parent and family involvement, 3) civic engagement and social action, 4) inter-generational servant leadership development (program elements involving generations of persons working together to support underprivileged youth and their families, 5) nutrition, health, and mental well-being. The summer programming efforts will seek to reduce the likelihood of summer learning loss that will lead to a reduction of the achievement learning gap.