The School of the 21st Century (21C) is a model approach to the provision of school-based child care and family support services. Schools implementing the School of the 21st Century address the needs of children and families beginning at the birth of the child, providing home visitation programs; child care for preschool and older students; and a range of health, mental health, and social services. Conceptualized in 1987 by Edward Zigler, it is one of the earliest models to view the school as the focal point in the community and utilize schools to provide both academic and nonacademic services.


There are hundreds of 21C schools across the country; some of them are also known as family resource centers. Hundreds of other schools are implementing similar approaches ...

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