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Year Published: 2019
A 2019 evaluation by Education Northwest of Alaska’s 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) afterschool programs found that students who participated more regularly in programs saw greater academic and behavioral gains. Teachers surveyed reported that an overwhelming majority of students attending the program for at least 60 days saw improvements in their academic performance (72 percent), participation in class (71 percent), and ability to persevere through challenges (66 percent), as well as their ability to form positive relationships with adults (70 percent) and work collaboratively with peers (68 percent).
Program Name: Alaska 21st Century Community Learning Centers
Alaska’s 21st Century Community Learning Center program, which receives federal funding through the 21st CCLC Initiative, provides academic enrichment opportunities for children at high-poverty and low-performing schools. During the 2017-18 program year, grantees operated 37 centers across the state, serving 4,262 students, and collaborating with 398 partners.
Scope of the Evaluation: Statewide
Program Type: Afterschool
Grade level: Elementary School, Middle School, High School
During the 2017-18 program year, 60 percent of students were eligible for Free or Reduced Price Lunch, 15 percent were identified to have limited English proficiency, and 18 percent were identified to have special needs. These numbers are higher than the state average. Regarding race and ethnicity, 33 percent of participants identified as white; 27 percent identified as American Indian or Alaska Native; 16 percent identified as two or more races; 7 percent identified as Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander; 6 percent identified as Black or African American; 5 percent identified as Hispanic or Latino; and 5 percent identified as Asian.
Program Website: https://education.alaska.gov/21cclc