Community Learning Centers

A Community Learning Center is a philosophy, a place, and a set of partnerships between a school and other community resources. The community learning center model builds on the core instructional program of a school by adding educational and life skill enrichment for the entire family.

The Salt Lake City School District and Salt Lake Education Foundation have determined that the expansion of school-based Community Learning Centers (CLCs) is the number one priority for the Development and External Relations Department. Early data suggests that student gains increase in a school that provides wraparound services to students and their families.

Glendale CLC Groundbreaking
A CLC is a philosophy, a place, and a set of partnerships between a school and other community resources. The community learning center model builds on the core instructional program of a school by adding educational and life skill enrichment for the entire family and removing barriers to learning by providing necessary social services.

In a CLC school, young people, their families, and community residents work as equal partners with the school and other community service providers to develop programs and enhance services in five areas:

  • Quality Education – High-caliber curriculum and instruction enable all children to meet challenging academic standards and use all of the community's assets as resources for learning.
  • Personal Development – Young people develop their assets and talents, form positive relationships with peers and adults, and serve as resources to their communities.
  • Family Support – Family resource centers, early childhood development programs, coordinated health and social services, counseling, and other supports enhance family life by building upon individuals' strengths and skills.
  • Family and Community Engagement – Families and other local community members actively participate in designing, supporting, monitoring, and advocating for quality programs, activities, and services in the school and community.
  • Community Development – All participants focus on strengthening the social networks, economic viability, and physical infrastructure of the surrounding community.

Current and
Expanded Sites

Rose Park CLC

Rose Park CLC

Glendale/Mountain View CLC

Glendale CLC

Lincoln CLC

The Lincoln CLC is now in the site preparation and design phase with the final design to be completed in the summer of 2013.