Southwest Florida EducationWorks
Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee Counties


Since 2004, the Southwest Florida Workforce Development Board, Inc. has operated a 21st CCLC afterschool program in the Immokalee schools.

In 2009 with additional grant support, the program was expanded to include all Immokalee Schools. Today, approximately 1100 students in grades 3-12 have access to a free, academically focused after school program designed to serve “at-promise,” underachieving students.

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Each 21st CCLC program must provide 12 hours of out-of-school time services each week for a minimum 36 weeks each school year. Transportation, safety, academic support, enrichment opportunities (art, recreation, character development), and family involvement are cornerstones in each 21st CCLC site. There is a rigorous application process and a high standard of accountability associated with every 21st CCLC program.

The Southwest Florida Workforce Development Board received its first 21st CCLC grant in 2004. In 2009, it received three (3) grants to serve all the school in Immokalee.
A strong, collaborative partnership with the School District of Collier County allows the programs to be in school buildings; thereby leveraging tax dollars and ensuring a safe, familiar environment for students and families.
Funded at $4.00 per hour per student, essential partnerships have strengthened resources available. Of note:

  • Naples Children and Education Foundation
  • After School Nutrition Program
  • United Arts Council