Our History - Our Mission

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Our History

Formerly the Educational Services Center, the Community Learning Center for Children and Youth (CLC) has been providing an engaged-learning experience for students at Cleveland State for over 25 years while performing a valuable public service to the community .

An integral part of the teacher-education program, the CLC allows for both undergraduate and graduate students to engage in real-life experiences assessing and teaching children from diverse backgrounds. Through interactions with the children at the CLC, faculty provide supervised opportunities in their courses for university students pursuing licenses and/or degrees in education to explore the links between research, theory, and practice. Additionally, the CLC hosts a range of educational resources, including assessment and curriculum materials and assistive technology devices, for faculty to demonstrate in classes and for students to examine and use.

Supported by the Department of Teacher Education and housed in the Main Classroom at Cleveland State University, the CLC serves the community by providing free assessment and tutoring programs for children at the elementary and middle-school grade levels who may be having difficulties with reading, math, or learning in general. The children’s positive learning experiences with the CLC have been recognized both by their families at home and their teachers at school and have resulted in a growth of programs offered and children served at the CLC.

Indeed, in the past eight years, under the supervision of the Department of Teacher Education, the CLC has grown from supporting two CSU classes serving thirty children from the community to nine CSU classes serving approximately 180 children from the community. Continuously expanding, the CLC will now offers a program for children learning English as a second or foreign language for university students pursuing a degree or endorsement in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).

Our Mission

The Community Learning Center for Children and Youth (CLC) is a year-round instructional facility for College of Education and Human Services students. Through its staff of Cleveland State University faculty and students, the Center serves children, youth, and families from the greater Cleveland community. In a supervised educational setting, the Center instructs current and future educators by providing resources and services including assessment and tutoring in literacy and math to children and youth with and without disabilities. The Center also provides opportunities for faculty and students to engage in research.