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Year Published: 2018
A statewide evaluation of Alaska’s 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) programs examined student improvement in academic performance and social and emotional skills. Gains were seen across grade levels and teacher reports indicate that the greater the program attendance, the greater the percentage of students that improved in each category. Teachers reported that 75 percent of students regularly participating in programs improved their overall academic performance and the majority of students demonstrated growth in their social and emotional skills and behavior, such as forming positive relationships with adults (70 percent), working collaboratively with peers (68 percent), and seeking assistance (68 percent).
Program Name: Alaska 21st Century Community Learning Centers
Alaska’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 10 grantees operating 37 centers serving 4,243 participants.
Scope of the Evaluation: Statewide
Program Type: Summer, Afterschool
Grade level: Elementary School, Middle School, High School
All schools served by Alaska’s 21st CCLC programs are Title I eligible, meaning more than 40 percent of students qualify for Free and Reduced Price Lunch. In the 2016-17 program year, 77 percent of students were eligible for Free or Reduced Price Lunch, 20 percent had special needs, and 16 percent had limited English proficiency. Regarding race and ethnicity, 33 percent of program participants identified as White, 29 percent as American Indian or Alaska Native, 14 percent as two or more races, 7 percent as Black or African American, 6 percent as Asian, 6 percent as Hispanic or Latino, and 5 percent as Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander.
Program Website: https://education.alaska.gov/21cclc