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Year Published: 2017
A statewide evaluation of Alabama’s 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) programs during the 2015-16 school year examined outcomes related to participants’ academic performance, school engagement, and classroom behavior. The evaluation found that based on grades and teacher surveys, students attending Alabama’s 21st CCLC programs for at least 30 days saw both academic and behavioral improvements. For instance, teachers reported that almost all regularly attending students improved their motivation to learn (96 percent), participation in class (99 percent), attentiveness in class (95 percent), ability to get along with others (97 percent), and classroom behavior (95 percent).
Program Name: Alabama’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers
Alabama’s 21st Century Community Learning Center program—which receives federal support through the 21st CCLC initiative—serves high-needs communities across the state, providing local afterschool and summer programming through 74 grantees operating 144 centers across the state and serving 13,289 students during the 2015-16 school year.
Scope of the Evaluation: Statewide
Program Type: Summer, Afterschool
Community Type: Rural, Urban, Suburban
Grade level: Elementary School, Middle School, High School
All schools served by Alabama’s 21st CCLC programs are Title I eligible, meaning more than 40 percent of students qualify for Free and Reduced Price Lunch. Of students surveyed participating in Alabama’s 21st CCLC program, 46 percent were from low-income families. Regarding race and ethnicity, the report included a table indicating that slightly more than one-third of students were white and more than one-third of students were African-American (See Table 5).
Program Website: https://www.alsde.edu/sec/fp/Pages/competitivegrants-all.aspx