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Year Published: 2017
A statewide evaluation of Nebraska’s 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) programs during the 2015-16 school year examined outcomes related to participants’ academic performance, engagement, and behavior. The evaluation found that based on teacher surveys, a majority of students regularly attending the program improved their academic performance, homework completion, participation, behavior, and relationship with their peers. Student and parent surveys also indicated positive experiences in the program.
Program Name: Nebraska 21st Century Community Learning Centers
Nebraska’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 116 centers serving 19,745 students during the 2015-16 school year.
Scope of the Evaluation: Statewide
Program Type: Summer, Afterschool
Grade level: Elementary School, Middle School, High School
All schools served by Nebraska’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 Nebraska’s 21st CCLC program, 68 percent qualified for the Federal Free or Reduced Price Lunch program, 18 percent were identified to have special needs or disabilities, and 15 percent were English language learners. Regarding race and ethnicity, the report classified 61 percent of 21st CCLC students in Nebraska as “ethnic minorities.”
Program Website: https://www.education.ne.gov/21stcclc/