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Year Published: 2019
A 2019 evaluation of Virginia’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers found that based on teacher-reported outcomes, an overwhelming majority of students improved their academic performance (63 percent), classroom behavior (70 percent), and homework completion and class participation (77 percent). Additionally, students indicated that the programs helped them get better grades, attend class regularly, behave in class, and “prepare for a job or career”. When comparing 21st CCLC students to non-attendees, students receiving special education services in the programs outperformed those not in programs.
Program Name: Virginia 21st Century Community Learning Centers
Virginia’s 21st Century Community Learning Center program, which receives federal funding through the 21st CCLC initiative, provides afterschool and summer academic enrichment opportunities for children at high-poverty and low-performing schools throughout the state. During the 2017-18 program year, 118 grantees operated programs in 136 centers, serving 9,986 regular attending students (minimum of 30 days) as well as engaging 4,263 family members in family events and activities during the school year.
Scope of the Evaluation: Statewide
Program Type: Afterschool
Grade level: Elementary School, Middle School, High School
During the 2017-18 program year, 78 percent of students were eligible for Free or Reduced Price Lunch, 11 percent were identified limited English proficient, and 15 percent were identified as having a special need or a disability. Regarding race and ethnicity, 44 percent of students identified as African American, 34 percent as white, 14 percent as Hispanic or Latino, 4 percent two or more races, two percent Asian, and less than one percent Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, or American Indian/Alaska Native.