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Year Published: 2020
A statewide evaluation of Kentucky’s 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) programs during the 2018-19 school year found that regular program attendees improved their math and reading/ELA grades from the fall to spring, and a majority reached proficient/distinguished on the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP). Based on teacher surveys, among those who needed to improve, an overwhelming majority of both elementary and high school students improved in academic performance, class participation, and homework completion. Students also reported benefits of the programs, including helping them complete their homework, get better grades, and challenge them to do their best.
Program Name: Kentucky 21st Century Community Learning Centers
Kentucky’s 21st Century Community Learning Center program, which receives federal funding through the 21st CCLC Initiative, provides academic enrichment opportunities for children at high-poverty and low-performing schools. During the 2018-19 school year, 156 programs served 33,738 students, 36 percent of whom attended regularly.
Scope of the Evaluation: Statewide
Program Type: Afterschool
Grade level: Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Among elementary regular attendees, 78 percent qualified for free or reduced price lunch (FRPL) and 14 percent qualified for special education services. Regarding race and ethnicity, 77 percent identified as White, 9 percent as Black or African American, 7 percent as Hispanic or Latino, 5 percent as multi-racial, and 1 percent as Asian. Among high school regular attendees, 75 percent were eligible for FRPL and 11 percent were eligible for special education services. Regarding race and ethnicity, 84 percent identified as White, 7 percent as Black or African American, 4 percent as Hispanic or Latino, 4 percent as multi-racial, and 1 percent as Asian.
Program Website: https://kyoutofschoolalliance.org/