The 21 Century Community Learning Center Program is critical to after-school programs in the U.S., but it maybe receiving some significant cuts this year. These programs are important because they provide quality child care to low-income areas and kids whose parents are not available after school. These programs keep kids engaged and safe and benefit parents during the school year and in the summer. According to an NPR interview, 2 million children may lose after-school care this year. This is especially important since around 34,000 NC students participate in the program.