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Year Published: 2019
A 2019 evaluation of Nebraska’s 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) programs found that, based on teacher surveys, more than 2 out of 3 regularly participating students demonstrated moderate to significant gains in math (73 percent), reading (71 percent), science (71 percent), and writing (67 percent). Teachers also reported that regular participants improved their homework completion and class participation (65 percent), classroom behavior (60 percent), and peer relations (53 percent).
Program Name: Nebraska 21st Century Community Learning Centers
Nebraska’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, 135 centers served 13,417 regular program attendees.
Scope of the Evaluation: Statewide
Program Type: Afterschool
Grade level: Elementary School, Middle School, High School
During the 2017-18 program year, 73 percent of students were eligible for Free or Reduced Price Lunch (FRPL), 14 percent were English language learners, and 17 percent were identified as having a special need or a disability. Regarding race and ethnicity, 59 percent of regular 21st CCLC students identified as racially/ethnically diverse.
Program Website: https://www.education.ne.gov/21stcclc/