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Year Published: 2020
A 2020 evaluation of Ohio's 21st Century Community Learning Centers programs found that there was a statistically significant positive impact on academic and behavioral outcomes among students regularly attending the program. Regular program participants scored higher on math and English language arts assessments compared with similar non-participating youth, as well as saw reductions in both unexcused absences and disciplinary incidents. Youth surveys revealed that students agree that their program is beneficial, including helping them make new friends and prepare for their future.
Ohio’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers (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 school year, 206 grant organizations operated 242 centers, serving 18,904 students.
Scope of the Evaluation: Statewide
Program Type: Summer, Afterschool
Grade level: Elementary School, Middle School, High School
During the 2017-18 program year, 78.7 percent of participants were economically disadvantaged. Regarding race and ethnicity, 55.5 percent identified as White, 28.9 percent identified as Black/African American, 6.9 percent identified as Hispanic/Latino, about 6 percent identified as multiracial, and 2 percent identified as Asian.