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Year Published: 2019
This 2019 statewide evaluation of North Carolina’s 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) programs found that based on teachers surveyed, students regularly participating in 21st CCLC programs saw improvements in their classroom performance and behavior. Approximately 5 in 6 elementary (84 percent), middle (86 percent), and high school (88 percent) students improved their homework completion and class participation. A majority of elementary (68 percent), middle (74 percent), and high school (84 percent) students also improved their behavior.
Program Name: North Carolina 21st Century Community Learning Centers
North Carolina’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 school year, 106 grantees operated programs in 262 centers, serving 17,340 students.
Scope of the Evaluation: Statewide
Program Type: Afterschool
Location: North Carolina
Grade level: Elementary School, Middle School, High School
During the 2017-18 program year, 82 percent of students attended high poverty schools (schools that qualify for Title I funding). Regarding race and ethnicity, 49 percent identified as African American, 24 percent identified as White, 19 percent identified as Hispanic, and 9 percent identified as other.
Program Website: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/21cclc/