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Year Published: 2019
A 2019 evaluation of Montana’s 21st CCLC programs found that students participating in the programs made academic, behavioral, and social and emotional gains. Based on teacher reports, 95 percent of students participating in the programs maintained or improved their academic performance, and a majority of students improved their class participation (62 percent), homework completion (59 percent), and conflict resolution skills (59 percent). Overall, 98 percent of program participants advanced to the next grade level or graduated on time. Both students and parents reported overall positive perceptions of the program’s impact on engagement in learning.
Program Name: Montana 21st Century Community Learning Centers
Montana’s 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) 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, 79 grantees operated 142 centers across the state, serving 13,915 students during the school year and 6,110 students during the summer.
Scope of the Evaluation: Statewide
Program Type: Afterschool
Grade level: Elementary School, Middle School, High School
During the 2017-18 program year, 65 percent of students were eligible for the Free or Reduced Price Lunch program, higher than the state average of 45 percent. 9 percent of students were identified as receiving special education services. Regarding race and ethnicity, 70 percent of participants identified as White, followed by 23 percent who identified as American Indian, 3 percent who identified as multiracial, 3 percent who identified as Hispanic; and 1 percent who identified as African American.