TCLC enhances students’ education and provides homework help. It gives youth the opportunity to connect with community organizations and individuals who visit and share about a variety of topics. At TCLC, students can complete their homework, get help with a tough subject, attend group meetings like Scouts, play games, make friends, learn new skills, and visit local points of interest.

READ the TCLC Local Evaluation Form Reporting Data for the 2016-2017 School Year

TCLC Background

The TigerHawk Connections Learning Center includes before- and after-school programming as well as a summer camp. We focus on math and literacy in a fun environment, which allows movement and physical literacy as a part of learning. The TCLC works to engage community, parents, teachers, organizations, and students to provide far-reaching support for learning. TCLC before- and after- school programs are offered at the West Union Elementary. This opportunity is made available through a partnership between Helping Services for Northeast Iowa, North Fayette Valley Schools, and the North Fayette Valley Community Coalition.
Families are busy: Scout meetings, doctor appointments, ball practices, church classes, homework… With many parents working, it is hard to guess how we fit all of it into our day. Schools and community organizations want to provide a quality education and supportive environment for students and families. Students want to learn and try new things. But with busy schedules and deadlines it is often difficult to align these goals. This is where the TCLC will help.
There is no cost to the program, and every K–4th West Union elementary student is eligible, no matter what their income or family status.

Funding for this program is provided in part by a 21st Century Community Learning Center grant from the Department of Education.
This program will only succeed with volunteer help and community buy-in. Are you willing to share your hobby, help a youth with homework, or lead an activity? Contact the TCLC team to share your activity idea or show your interest in volunteering.

Access Services

Academic Assistance

  • Homework Help
  • Small Group Tutoring
  • Service Learning
  • Conservation Club

  • Educational Enrichment

  • Math Curricula
  • Fitness and Health Club
  • Reading Curricula
  • STEM Activities

  • Family Literacy Services

  • Character Counts
  • Meal Planning and Preparation
  • Financial Literacy
  • Strengthening Families

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    • It is a safe place for my three children to go to with opportunities to do fun things they wouldn’t normally experience. They love the special guests, trips and projects!

      Parent of TCLC Student

    • I thought TCLC was going to be all homework, but it is so much fun! We do lots of games and the staff is really nice.

      TCLC 2nd Grader

    • I have my daughter here because she needs new learning activities and I have seen a huge change in her. You guys are doing AWESOME!

      Parent of TCLC Student

    • The thing I like best about TCLC is outside recess, doing cool activities, and playing with my friends.

      TCLC Student

    • I feel he gets more time to work on spelling, reading, and math. His scores have greatly improved from this fall to now in all areas.

      Parent of TCLC Student

    Before School
    7 a.m. | Student drop-off begins
    7–7:30 | Homework help, activities, and reading time
    7:30–7:45 | Clean up; Released to breakfast and morning routine
    After School
    3:20–3:30 p.m. | Meet in library, quiet reading, attendance
    3:30–3:50 | Physical activity
    3:50–4:00 | Snack
    4:00–4:30 | Homework help and reading
    4:30 | First dismissal
    4:30–5:30 | Educational enrichment activities, organizations, and clubs
    5:30–6:00 | Physical activity, wrap up homework and games
    6:00 | Last dismissal


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    Local Evaluation

    Grantees in the 21st CCLC Program are required to submit an annual evaluation. The U.S. Department of Education charges the State Education Agency “uses standards, assessments, monitoring, and evaluation to hold sub-grantees accountable.” The local evaluation should report on the effectiveness of after-school programs, provide information to help improve the performance of after-school programs, and meet state requirements. There are two components of a high-quality evaluation (US DOE).

    It is tied to State 21st CCLC Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) Performance Indicators and Measures.


    It is aligned with the Principles of Effectiveness:

  • Be based upon an assessment of objective data regarding the need for expanded learning programs (including during summer recess periods) and activities in the schools and communities,
  • Be based upon an established set of performance measures aimed at ensuring the availability of high-quality academic enrichment and other developmental opportunities, and
  • If appropriate, be based upon scientifically-based research that provides evidence of the effectiveness of a program activity.
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