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Year Published: 2022
21st Century Community Learning Centers across the state served almost 7,000 students who participated in 396,739 hours of activities during the fall 2021 semester. Almost half (49 percent) of all participants earned a B or better during the first grading period in both math and English/reading. In evaluators’ preliminary findings, they noted that there were, “substantial gains in students’ English/Reading scores” comparing the first two grading periods during the 2021-22 school year.
Program Name: New Mexico 21st Century Community Learning Centers
New Mexico’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 fall 2021 semester, nine grantees operated 118 program sites, serving 6,986 students.
Scope of the Evaluation: Statewide
Program Type: Afterschool
Community Type: Rural, Urban, Suburban
Grade level: Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Participants in New Mexico’s 21st CCLC programs are 52 percent female and 47 percent male, and 93 percent qualify for free or reduced-price lunches. When asked to select their ethnicity, 83 percent of students selected Hispanic or Latino. Sixty-five percent of students are White, 4 percent are Native Hawaiian or Pacific, 3 percent are Black or African American, 3 percent are American Indian or Native Alaskan, 1 percent are Asian, 2 percent are more than one race, 18 percent are another race, and 4 percent are unknown.