21st Century Community Learning Centers

 PIECES Before/After School events 

March 10 @ North Hill

IMAX Dome Theater

April 7 @ Burlington High School 5-8pm

Parent Resource Fair for K-12 Parents (childcare available)

Visit our School Sites for Before/After School Programming Updates            2015 Summer School Video

Edward Stone PIECES Program Site Coordinator, Jennifer Schmitz (319) 752-4393 ext 5138

Aldo Leopold PIECES Program Site Coordinator, Cree Gully (319) 752-8390 ext 3131

North Hill PIECES Program Site Coordinator, Aaron Wagner (319) 753-6363 ext 2821

21st Century Community Learning Center's Grant Coordinator, Cassie Gerst  (319) 753-2211 ext 1054

Mission and Vision

The mission of the Pieces Before and After School Program is to provide services before and after school that meet the needs of children and their families through academic, social and cultural opportunities that promote learning and self-esteem necessary for life-long success.

The components of our quality programs are safe, welcoming, and innovative environments; highly skilled and trained educators; engaging learning opportunities that are intentionally connected to school day curriculum; and relationship building supported by caring adults. We ensure key ingredients necessary to provide expanded learning opportunities that engage students and build 21st century skills necessary to succeed.

Overview of Pieces Programs

The daily schedule includes a healthy snack, hands-on activities, time for homework support, academic enrichment classes and opportunities for children to explore new interests.  Forming positive relationships, socializing with peers and caring adults will be part of the daily activities. The areas that we will be exploring include:

Art, Music, Technology, Science, Character Education, Career or Vocational Interests, and Clubs that students tell us they are interested in exploring such as Aerospace, Astronomy, Healthcare Fields, Animals, Wildlife, Sports Medicine and more!

The Program will run from 6:50-7:50 AM Monday-Friday and 3:15-4:50 at least four days a week. This may include Saturdays and Saturday field trips. A schedule will be sent out every month with days and activities.  Transportation can be provided for students in the afternoon program.

Year One Evaluation Results

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach was hired to evaluate year one of the BCSD's 21CCLC grant. To read about our success and challenges during year one please click on the link below. Questions about the evaluation report can be made to Cassie Gerst at cassie.gerst@bcsds.org. 

Evaluation Report 2014-2015

PIECES Program Goals

  • To assist youth in meeting state standards for core academic subjects by providing students with academic enrichment opportunities before school, after school and/or during holidays or summer recess.
  • To offer participants a broad array of other services and programs, such as art, music, recreation activities, character education, career and technical training, drug and violence prevention programming, and technology education.
  • To provide educational services for families of participating students, such as literacy instruction, computer training and/or cultural enrichment.
  • To ensure that both youth and their families have decision-making roles in the creation, operation and evaluation of every 21st CCLC.
  • To mobilize school, community and private sector social and health services support and resources in order to remove barriers that impede students’ learning.


About 21st CCLC
The 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) program is authorized under Title IV, Part B of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. The 21st CCLC program provides federal funding for the establishment of community learning centers that provide academic, artistic and cultural enrichment opportunities for children, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools, in order to meet state and local standards in core academic subjects such as reading, math and science. This program is also intended to offer students a broad array of activities and to include families and the community in the educational process.

The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 recognizes that improved student achievement occurs when communities implement programs that are scientifically proven to be effective. The 21 CCLC program is committed to ensuring that students have access to high quality and engaging enrichment activities that truly support their learning and development. The 21 CCLC initiative further stresses the importance of diverse groups and organizations working together to strengthen school and community networks to help students and families succeed. Extended learning opportunities are a critical part of the continuum of learning that promote student achievement and school improvement.


PIECES Before/After School Program at BCSD

Please contact the Home/School Liaison/After School Program Coordinator at your school if you are interested.

Cree Gully - Aldo Leopold Middle School (319) 752-8390 ext. 3131  cree.gully@bcsds.org

Jennifer Schmitz - Edward Stone Middle School (319) 752-4393 ext. 5138   jennifer.schmitz@bcsds.org

Aaron Wagner - North Hill Elementary (319) 753-6363 ext. 2821  aaron.wagner@bcsds.org

Cassie Gerst - BCSD's 21CCLC's Grant Coordinator (319) 753-2211 ext. 1054  cassie.gerst@bcsds.org


If your student attends a BCSD Elementary School other than North Hill, there is an afterschool program currently being offered through the Burlington YMCA. 

Please visit the YMCA's website to learn more or call  Brandy at the YMCA (319) 753-6734, ext. 139 brandy@burlingtony.org .