21st Century Schools
The School of the 21st Century (21C), also
known as Family Resource Centers in some communities, is a
school-based child care and family support model that promotes the
optimal growth and development of children, ages 0-12. The 21C
model transforms the school into a year-round, multi-service center
providing services from early morning to early evening.
The School of the 21st Century was created
by Yale University Professor Edward Zigler, one of the principal
architects of the federal Head Start program. The 21C model
provides a response to changes in patterns of work and family life
in recent decades that have meant two new concerns for parents,
especially a pressing need for affordable, quality child care.
The model also helps educators assure that children arrive at school
ready to learn and receive the support they need to succeed
What is the School of the 21st Century?
How Do We Know It Works?
Evaluation and Research Findings from The School of the 21st
Evaluation of Community Schools