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Year Published: 2017
A statewide evaluation of Illinois’ 21st CCLC programs during the 2015-16 school year found that based on teacher surveys, a strong majority of students attending a program for 30 days or more saw improvements in their academics, behavior, and engagement in school. For example, teachers reported that regularly participating students made improvements in their academic performance (elementary schoolers- 64 percent, middle/high schoolers- 59 percent), behavior in class (elementary schoolers- 60 percent, middle/high schoolers- 52 percent), motivation to learn (elementary schoolers- 64 percent, middle/high schoolers- 56 percent), and regular school day attendance (elementary schoolers- 57 percent, middle/high schoolers- 50 percent).
Program Name: Illinois 21st Century Community Learning Centers
Illinois’ 21st Century Community Learning Center program, which is federally-funded through the 21st CCLC Initiative, provides academic enrichment opportunities for children at high-poverty and low-performing schools. During the 2014-15 program year, 123 grantees operated 387 sites and served 43,162 students.
Scope of the Evaluation: Statewide
Program Type: Afterschool
Community Type: Rural, Urban, Suburban
Grade level: Elementary School, Middle School, High School
All schools served by Illinois’ 21st CCLC programs are Title I eligible, meaning more than 40 percent of students qualify for Free and Reduced Price Lunch (FRPL). In both the 2013 and 2015 cohorts, more than 85 percent of students qualified for FRPL. (See Figure 13 in the report for more details)