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Year Published: 2019
This 2019 evaluation of Washington’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers program found that students who consistently attended programs had a higher percentage of credits earned, cumulative GPA, and a lower number of school day absences and disciplinary incidents compared to non-attendees. Additionally, most students reported that it was completely or mostly true that the program helped them improve their academic behavior (81 percent) and self-management skills (77 percent). Students who regularly attended programming for two years had statistically significant higher reading and math test scores, lower school day absences, and a higher percentage of credits earned compared to students who did not attend at these levels. This finding suggests the importance of regular and continued program participation.
Program Name: Washington 21st Century Community Learning Centers
Washington’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers 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, 50 grantees operated 132 centers, serving 15,402 students.
Scope of the Evaluation: Statewide
Program Type: Afterschool
Grade level: Elementary School, Middle School, High School
During the 2017-18 program year, 81 percent of regular attending students were eligible for Free or Reduced Price Lunch, 32 percent were identified limited English proficient, and 15 percent were identified as having a special need or a disability. Regarding race and ethnicity, 54 percent of regular attendees identified as Hispanic, 29 percent identified as White, 4 percent identified as Black, 3 percent identified as American Indian, 2 percent identified as Asian, 1 percent identified as Pacific Islander, and 6 percent identified as multiracial.
Program Website: http://www.k12.wa.us/21stCenturyLearning/