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Year Published: 2016
A statewide evaluation of Michigan’s 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) programs during the 2014-15 program year found that based on grades and surveys of teachers, students, and parents, students attending a program for at least 30 days (regular attendees) saw academic gains, as well as improvements in their behavior and engagement in school. Approximately half of students with room for improvement (defined as having a fall GPA below 3.0), saw grade improvement in math (49 percent) and English/language arts (50 percent) from fall to spring. Teacher surveys also reflected an improvement in classroom performance for behaviors such as turning in homework on time and participating in class (73 percent), as well as getting along with other students (75 percent). In addition, both students and parents reported overall positive perceptions of program impact on academic learning and behavior.
Program Name: Michigan 21st Century Community Learning Centers
Michigan’s 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, 36 grantees operated 305 sites, serving 26,518 youth.
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 Michigan’s 21st CCLC programs are Title I eligible, meaning more than 40 percent of students qualify for Free and Reduced Price Lunch. In the 2014-15 program year, 84 percent of students were eligible for Free or Reduced Price Lunch. Regarding race and ethnicity, 45 percent of students identified as Black or African American, 27 percent as White, 14 percent as Hispanic or Latino, 6 percent as Arab or Middle Eastern, and 8 percent as “some other group.”
Program Website: https://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,4615,7-140-63533_71669---,00.html