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Year Published: 2019
A statewide evaluation of Colorado’s 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) programs during the 2017-18 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 (71 percent), class participation (68 percent), motivation to learn (67 percent), relationships with peers (63 percent), classroom attentiveness (62 percent), homework completion (55 percent), and behavior in class (54 percent). Subgrantees were also surveyed and reported progress in meeting or exceeding their performance measure in enrichment (57 percent), STEM (61 percent), health and wellness (53 percent), and attendance (60 percent).
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, with 22 subgrantees providing local afterschool and summer programming through 44 centers serving 3,489 students in the summer, 6,517 students in the fall, and 7,030 in the spring during the 2017-18 school year.
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 Colorado’s 21st CCLC programs are Title I eligible, meaning more than 40 percent of students qualify for Free and Reduced Price Lunch. Data on student demographics varied by term (summer, fall, spring). Throughout the 2017-2018 program year, a range of 46 percent to 55 percent of students qualified for Free and Reduced Price Lunch, 15 percent to 27 percent of students had limited English proficiency, and 7 percent to 9 percent of students had special needs. Of those participating in Colorado’s 21st CCLC program, a range of 53-59 percent of students identified as Hispanic/Latino, 17-22 percent as White, 8-10 percent as Black or African American, 2-3 percent as Asian, 1-2 percent as American Indian or Native Alaskan, 0-2 percent as Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, 3-12 percent as unknown, and 3-4 percent as two or more races,.
Program Website: https://www.cde.state.co.us/21stcclc/