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Year Published: 2018
A statewide evaluation of Illinois’ 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) programs during the 2016-17 school year found that based on teacher surveys, a majority of students attending a program for 30 days or more saw improvements in academics, behavior, and engagement in school. For example, teachers reported that students who were in need of improvement in the following areas improved their academic performance (elementary schoolers- 61 percent, middle/high schoolers- 70 percent), behavior in class (elementary schoolers- 53 percent, middle/high schoolers- 62 percent), motivation to learn (elementary schoolers- 52 percent, middle/high schoolers- 58 percent), and ability to get along with others (elementary schoolers- 57 percent, middle/high schoolers- 66 percent).
Program Name: Illinois 21st Century Community Learning Centers
Illinois’ 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) program, which is federally-funded through the 21st CCLC Initiative, provides academic enrichment opportunities for children at high-poverty and low-performing schools. During the 2016-17 program year, 121 grantees operated 380 sites and served 47,970 students.
Scope of the Evaluation: Statewide
Program Type: Afterschool
Community Type: Rural, Urban, Suburban
Grade level: Elementary School, Middle School, High School
All schools served by Illinois’ 21st CCLC programs are Title I eligible, meaning more than 40 percent of students qualify for Free and Reduced Price Lunch (FRPL). More than 90 percent of program participants qualified for FRPL, with 92 percent of elementary schooler qualifying and 93 percent of middle/high school students qualifying.