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Year Published: 2016
A statewide evaluation of 21st CCLC programs in Arkansas examining student achievement and social emotional skills and parents’ satisfaction with the program. The evaluation used student, parent, and staff surveys, as well as annual performance reports and found that programs provided an environment where students felt that they were supported academically and were able to develop positive social and emotional skills and good work habits. Similarly, parent satisfaction with Arkansas’ 21st CCLC programs was high. Parents felt as though their children were safe when they were at the program and felt that their child’s participation in the program encouraged better communication with the schools. Program staff felt as though they related content of the program to school-day academics and that they had effective communication between supervising staff directing student youth workers. Overall, staff at Arkansas 21st CCLC programs came to the program with sufficient training, were trained sufficiently upon start at programs, and stayed at the program for a reasonable time.
Program Name: Arkansas 21st Century Community Learning Centers
Program Description: Arkansas’ 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program—which has received federal support the the 21st CCLC initiative—serves high-needs communities across the state, providing local afterschool and summer programming to 89 grantees during the 2014-15 program year. The program helps students meet state and local student standards on core academic subjects and offers students a broad array of enrichment activities to complement their regular academics.
Scope of the Evaluation: Statewide
Program Type: Afterschool
Community Type: Rural, Urban, Suburban
Grade level: Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Program Demographics: 56 percent of youth survey respondents were students of color, which included African American (37 percent), Native American (5 percent), Hispanic (12 percent), Arab American (.5 percent), and Asian (2 percent) students. 3 percent of students identified with another race or ethnicity. 47 percent of student respondents were male.