About Us

Initiative Overview

Lincoln’s Community Learning Centers provide a delivery model to support youth, families, and neighborhoods as they strive to be successful, thriving, and strong. CLCs are about the process of people and programs working together to create a culture of learning that serves our entire community. CLCs in Lincoln are funded through support from 21st Century Community Learning Center grants, LPS Title I funds and matching resources from local funders and community-based organizations. The CLC initiative supports 29 schools in the development and implementation of high quality extended learning opportunities, weekend and summer enrichment programs and other supportive services for children, youth, families, and neighborhood residents.

Our Principles


Partnership, a commitment to mutual relationships and goals that are the best way to maximize resources and create synergy. Community partners will work for and with families and neighborhoods to ensure that local strengths and needs are considered.  

Lifelong Learning

People learn and grow differently. The professional CLC staff accounts for these different learning styles and will promote learning opportunities for all children, youth, families and neighborhood residents.


CLC services will be connected and purposefully coordinated with the school and community to assure an efficient, respected use of partners’ expertise and resources.

Outcome Focused

CLCs have greater impact when providing services that are aligned with CLC initiative goals. Service effectiveness will be measured by improvements in student learning and development, stronger families and healthier neighborhoods.

Neighborhood Based

All neighborhoods have unique strengths and needs. CLCs value the uniqueness of each neighborhood and adapt services and opportunities so that the neighborhood capacity is optimized.

Community Leadership

Leadership and accountability are shared among all stakeholders. Parents and neighborhood residents have multiple opportunities to partner in decision making to determine service opportunities most beneficial to them.

Strategic Plan Goals

  • Deepening the current CLC work in the existing sites
  • Expanding from the current 25 CLCs to all 56 Lincoln Public Schools
  • Determining costs for deepening and expanding the work at both site and initiative level
  • Identify strategies for financing this enhanced work
  • Identify strategies for organizing, leading and governing the enhanced initiative

Established in 2015