Press Brief: DCSW Advocates Increased Funding for 21st Century Community Learning Centers


April 30, 2024

Washington, DC – [DCSW – Washington DC String Workshop] is proud to announce its endorsement and advocacy for increased funding for 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC). As an organization deeply committed to the enrichment and development of our community’s youth through music education, DCSW recognizes the critical role that 21st CCLC programs play in providing essential resources and opportunities for students across the nation.

21st CCLC programs serve as invaluable extensions of the school day, offering a diverse range of academic, artistic, and enrichment activities to students during non-school hours. These programs provide a safe and supportive environment where students can engage in structured learning experiences, receive academic support, explore new interests, and develop essential skills beyond the traditional classroom setting.

DCSW firmly believes that every child deserves access to high-quality educational opportunities that foster holistic development and lifelong learning. By investing in 21st CCLC programs, we can empower students from all backgrounds to thrive academically, socially, and creatively, thereby building stronger communities and shaping a brighter future for generations to come.

Increased funding for 21st CCLC programs will enable organizations like DCSW to expand their reach, enhance program offerings, and provide greater access to enriching experiences for students in underserved communities. By supporting this vital initiative, policymakers can demonstrate their commitment to equity, excellence, and the well-being of our nation’s youth.

DCSW urges lawmakers at the local, state, and federal levels to prioritize the funding and support of 21st CCLC programs, recognizing them as essential investments in the future of our society. Together, we can ensure that every child has the opportunity to reach their full potential and contribute positively to our communities.

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About DCSW

DCSW (Washington DC String Workshop) is a leading nonprofit organization dedicated to providing accessible and high-quality performances and music education programs for youth in the Washington DC metropolitan area. Through its innovative curriculum, expert faculty, and community partnerships, DCSW aims to inspire creativity, foster personal growth, and empower students to achieve their musical aspirations.