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Year Published: 2019
A statewide evaluation of Massachusetts’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program during the 2017-18 program year found that, based on teacher ratings, program participants made gains in math and reading/English language arts achievement. Teachers and program staff also noted increases in outcomes including students’ critical thinking skills, perseverance, and communication. English language learners, students receiving special education services, and economically disadvantaged students made particularly strong gains for certain outcomes.
Program Name: Massachusetts 21st Century Community Learning Centers
Massachusetts’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 2017-18 program year, 42 grantees operated 143 sites, serving nearly 22,400 youth.
Scope of the Evaluation: Statewide
Program Type: Summer, Afterschool
Grade level: Elementary School, Middle School, High School
A majority of students served by Massachusetts’s 21st CCLC were elementary (65 percent), followed by middle school (26 percent), and then high school (9 percent). During FY2018, 59 percent were economically disadvantaged, 19 percent were identified as students with disabilities, and 29 percent were identified as English language learners. In regards to race and ethnicity, 45 percent identified as Hispanic, 31 percent as White, 14 percent as African American, 5 percent as Asian, and 5 percent as “other.”