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Year Published: 2018
A statewide evaluation of Missouri’s 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) programs during the 2017-18 school year examined outcomes related to participants’ academic performance, engagement, and behavior. The evaluation found that almost all 21st CCLC sites reported that at least half of their students maintained or improved their reading/communication arts, math, and science grades. Students in the programs also reported strong personal and social skills and a commitment to learning.
Program Name: Missouri 21st Century Community Learning Centers
Missouri’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 61 grantees operating 149 centers and serving over 11,000 youth during the 2017-18 school year.
Scope of the Evaluation: Statewide
Program Type: Summer, Afterschool
Grade level: Elementary School, Middle School, High School
All schools served by Missouri’s 21st CCLC programs are Title I eligible, meaning more than 40 percent of students qualify for Free and Reduced Price Lunch. Out of the 11,106 21st CCLC program participants surveyed, 57 percent of students identified as White, 28.1 percent identified as African American, 5.3 percent identified as Hispanic, 3.6 percent identified as multiracial, 1 percent identified as Native American, 0.6 percent identified as Asian, and 4.5 percent of participants identified as “other race” or ethnicity.