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Year Published: 2018
A statewide evaluation of Pennsylvania’s 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) programs—based on performance outcomes and teacher surveys—found that students regularly participating in the program showed academic and behavioral improvements. Teachers reported that among students regularly participating in programs and in need of improvement, 68 percent improved their academic performance and 53 percent improved their behavior in class. Among students who had two consecutive years of data from the Pennsylvania statewide assessments, more than a fifth (22 percent) improved their performance from the previous year in reading and 13 percent in math.
Program Name: Pennsylvania 21st Century Community Learning Centers
Pennsylvania’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 2016-17 program year, 134 grantees operated 415 centers and served 37,793 students.
Scope of the Evaluation: Statewide
Program Type: Summer, Afterschool
Grade level: Elementary School, Middle School, High School
ll schools served by Pennsylvania’s 21st CCLC programs are Title I eligible, meaning more than 40 percent of students qualify for Free and Reduced Price Lunch.
Program Website: https://21stcclc.center-school.org/