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Year Published: 2018
A statewide evaluation of Colorado’s 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) programs during the 2016-17 school year found positive gains related to student participants’ academic performance, engagement in school, and school-day behavior. Teachers reported that among students regularly attending the program and who were in need of improvement, a strong majority improved their academic performance (76 percent), class participation (73 percent), motivation to learn (66 percent), classroom attentiveness (66 percent), relationships with their peers (62 percent), homework completion (60 percent), and behavior in class (60 percent). Program directors were also surveyed and they discussed how the program provided a host of supports to students and their families, including creating a safe space for students, which also provided peace of mind for families; provided a place for students to build connections to their peers; and offered classes to family members, such as GED and ESL classes.
Program Name: Colorado 21st Century Community Learning Centers
Colorado’s 21st Century Community Learning Center program—which receives federal support through the 21st CCLC initiative—serves high-needs communities across the state, providing local afterschool and summer programming through 103 centers serving 23,974 students and 3,612 family members during the 2016-17 school year.
Scope of the Evaluation: Statewide
Program Type: Afterschool
Grade level: Elementary School, Middle School, High School
All schools served by Colorado’s 21st CCLC programs are Title I eligible, meaning more than 40 percent of students qualify for Free and Reduced Price Lunch. Of students participating in Colorado’s 21st CCLC program, 42.7 percent were white, 19.5 percent were “some other race,” 8 percent were Black or African American, 7.5 percent were “American Indian or Native Alaskan,” 7.4 percent were “unknown”, 2.5 percent were Asian, 1.8 percent were multi-racial, and 0.7 percent were Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander. The report posits that a percentage of students classified as “some other race” would be categorized as Hispanic or Latino based on data that 27 percent of students served by the program spoke Spanish.
Program Website: https://www.cde.state.co.us/21stcclc/