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Year Published: 2020
A statewide evaluation of Hawaii’s 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) programs during the 2018-19 program year found students in the program made academic and behavioral gains. The percent of students who missed 15 or more days of school throughout the year was significantly less for 21st CCLC participants compared to non-participants. In addition, those who participated in 21st CCLC programs were more likely to meet or exceed proficiency in math and reading compared to non-participants.
Program Name: Hawaii 21st Century Community Learning Centers
Hawaii’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 2018-19 program year, 25 grantees operated 92 sites, serving 14,745 youth.
Scope of the Evaluation: Statewide
Program Type: Afterschool
Grade level: Elementary School, Middle School, High School
A majority of schools served by Hawaii’s 21st CCLC programs are Title I eligible, meaning more than 40 percent of students qualify for the Free and Reduced Price Lunch program (FRPL). During the 2018-19 program year, 51 percent of students were eligible for FRPL, 9 percent were identified as students with special needs, and 8 percent were identified as English Language Learners. Regarding race and ethnicity, 36 percent identified as Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander, 23 percent as Asian, 17 percent as two or more races, 14 percent as Hispanic/Latino, 7 percent as White, and 1 percent as Black/African American.