The U.S. Department of Education funds these centers, of which there are 15 nationwide. The Department's Program Description states that the centers are to "serve as resources for improving the nation's capacity for teaching and learning foreign languages."
The home page for the Program is operated by Michigan State University's Center for Language Education and Research, and there are similiar centers around the country.
Some of the centers focus on specific language groups or geographical regions:
Each center features links to teaching materials, offers institutes and other professional development resources, and conducts and disseminates research in language learning and teaching.