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School’s Out New York City (SONYC) is New York City’s city-wide afterschool program for middle school students, developed as part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s campaign commitment to expand afterschool opportunities in 2014. According to surveys, program and school staff report improvements in youth social and emotional development and leadership skills. Families reported high levels of satisfaction with their program, with 97 percent saying they would recommend it to other families.
A randomized controlled study following 5,000 low-income, predominantly African-American and Hispanic students from third to seventh grade in five urban school districts located in Boston, MA; Dallas, TX; Duval County, FL; Pittsburgh, PA and Rochester, NY, assessing the impacts of no-cost, voluntary summer learning programs on academic performance and social and emotional skills. Students who had high attendance in the summer programming saw significant near term benefits (gains in the fall after the summer program) and long-term benefits (gains seen through the following spring after the summer program) in math after summer programming in 2013 and 2014, near and long-term benefits in language arts after summer 2014, and positive benefits to their social and emotional skills after summer 2014.
A statewide evaluation of Texas’ 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) programs assessing operations, participation, and student achievement, as well as the relationship between each. Data was collected using student and staff surveys, program observations, and testing results. This evaluation found that students regularly participating in Texas 21st CCLC programs saw gains in their math performance, learning behavior, and persistence, as well as reductions in their school day absences and frequency of disciplinary incidents.
This evaluation examines if during the summer of 2016, the Young Audiences Summer Arts and Learning Academy’s (YA Academy) program goals were met in the following areas: program attendance, improvement in math and writing skills, growth in social-emotional development, student enjoyment of the program, and parent satisfaction. Students who had high levels of participation in YA Academy saw gains in their math and writing skills and knowledge, as well as improvements in their social-emotional growth. Overall, this evaluation found that YA Academy was able to meet the majority of the goals they had set for summer 2016, meeting or exceeding their goals set for academic achievement in math and writing, students’ social-emotional growth, and parent satisfaction with the program.
A statewide evaluation of 21st CCLC programs in Arkansas examining student achievement and social emotional skills and parents’ satisfaction with the program. The evaluation used student, parent, and staff surveys, as well as annual performance reports and found that programs provided an environment where students felt that they were supported academically and were able to develop positive social and emotional skills and good work habits. Similarly, parent satisfaction with Arkansas’ 21st CCLC programs was high. Parents felt as though their children were safe when they were at the program and felt that their child’s participation in the program encouraged better communication with the schools. Program staff felt as though they related content of the program to school-day academics and that they had effective communication between supervising staff directing student youth workers. Overall, staff at Arkansas 21st CCLC programs came to the program with sufficient training, were trained sufficiently upon start at programs, and stayed at the program for a reasonable time.
An evaluation of 82 afterschool programs funded by the Oakland School-Based After School Partnership, a collaboration between Oakland Fund for Children and Youth (OFCY) and the Oakland Unified School District’s After School Programs Office (ASPO), that served 16,505 students during the 2014-2015 school year. Site visits and student surveys were used to evaluate the quality of the program and student’s perceptions of the program’s impacts on their academic performance, behavior, health, and readiness for the future. The evaluation found that Oakland afterschool programs are positively impacting their students’ academics, behavior, self-confidence, health and wellness, and readiness for the future.
This evaluation examined 17 afterschool programs in the Denver Public School system that were funded in part by Colorado’s 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) grant. It found that students who were new to the program and participated more than 30 days (first-year attendees) and students who attended more than 30 days multiple years in a row (multi-year attendees) saw improved school day attendance and believed that the program helped them perform better academically. Students regularly participating in the program also reported positively when asked about their social competency, their ability to plan for the future and their future expectations. The evaluation also found that multi-year attendees outperformed their non-participating peers when examining performance growth on the state’s academic assessments; however, there was little difference found when comparing students’ proficiency levels.
An evaluation of Rhode Island’s 42 21st CCLC grantees to measure participating students’ perceptions of their programs, including students’ sense of competence and perceived supportive social environment, opportunity for choice and autonomy, and opportunity for leadership and responsibility. Key findings include that students who participated in the program mostly agreed that they had a sense of competence in reading, math, and science, and that they believed that the program helped them in academic and social/personal skill building.
A statewide evaluation of New Hampshire’s 21st CCLC program’s impact on participating students’ academic and social development during the 2011-12 school year. Data was collected using student, teacher, and principal surveys. Key findings of the report include that participation in New Hampshire’s 21st CCLC programs improved students’ academic performance, such as homework completion, math and literacy skills, and class participation, as well as students’ social skills and behavior. Principals surveyed almost unanimously agreed that the 21st CCLC programs enhanced the overall effectiveness of the school at least to some extent. The report also found that an overwhelming percentage of students reported feeling safe in the program.
An evaluation of the Building Educated Leaders for Life (BELL) Summer program, which served 8,756 K-8 students at 66 sites across 8 states during the summer of 2012. The evaluation found that BELL Summer program participants made significant gains in reading and math, gaining an average of 5.8 months of reading skills and 6.7 months of math skills. Students who were struggling the most academically when entering the program saw the largest gains in reading and math skills. An overwhelming majority of teachers and parents surveyed for the evaluation reported that they agreed that students’ participating in the program made gains in their self-efficacy, engagement in school, and behavior.