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Year Published: 2020
A statewide evaluation of Iowa’s 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) programs found that among students regularly attending a 21st CCLC program and in need of improvement, 72 percent improved in math and 70 percent improved in English. Among regularly attending elementary schoolers identified as not proficient in reading, 25 percent achieved proficiency or higher, and among regularly attending middle and high schoolers not proficient in math, 46 percent achieved proficiency or above. Additionally, teachers reported that 79 percent of regular program participants improved their homework completion and participation in class, and 67 percent improved their behavior.
Program Name: Iowa 21st Century Community Learning Centers
Iowa’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers program (21st CCLC), which receives federal funding through the 21st CCLC initiative, provides academic enrichment opportunities for children at high-poverty and low-performing schools. In 2019, 24 grantees offered afterschool and summer programming through 93 centers, serving 14,648 students.
Scope of the Evaluation: Statewide
Program Type: Afterschool
Grade level: Elementary School, Middle School, High School
In the 2018-19 program year, 63 percent of program participants were eligible for Free or Reduced Price Lunch, 13 percent were identified as having special needs, and 13 percent were identified as limited English proficient. Regarding race and ethnicity, 56 percent identified as White, 19 percent identified as Black or African American, 11 percent of students identified as Hispanic or Latino, 3 percent identified as Asian or Pacific Islander, and 1 percent identified as American Indian or Alaska Native.