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Year Published: 2018
A statewide evaluation of Mississippi’s 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) programs—based on teacher surveys—found that regular program participants (attending 30 days or more) experienced positive and statistically significant gains in academic performance and behavior. According to teacher surveys, approximately 3 in 4 regular program participants improved their grades in reading (74.8 percent) and math (75.6 percent). In addition, there is a positive and statistically significant correlation between higher levels of program participation and increased rates of student improvement in English language arts and math, as well as in behavior, classroom participation, and homework completion.
Program Name: Mississippi 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program
Mississippi’s 21st Century Community Learning Center program, which receives federal support through the 21st CCLC Initiative, provides academic enrichment opportunities for children at high-poverty and low-performing schools. During the 2017-18 program year, 15 grantees operated 52 centers serving approximately 3,728 youth.
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 Mississippi’s 21st CCLC programs are Title I eligible, meaning more than 40 percent of students qualify for Federal Free and Reduced Price Lunch. During the 2017-18 program year, among non-regular attendees, 88.3 percent qualified for Free or Reduced Price Lunch, 11.7 percent were identified to have special needs, and 1.1 percent had limited English proficiency. Among regular attendees, 90.3 percent qualified for Free or Reduced Price Lunch, 13 percent were identified to have special needs, and 3.7 percent had limited English proficiency. With regard to race and ethnicity, among non-regular attendees, 63.7 percent of program participants identified as Black or African American, 32 percent as White, 2.2 percent as Hispanic or Latino, and 2.1 percent as “other”. Among regular attendees, 69.7 percent of program participants identified as Black or African American, 24 percent as White, 24.6 percent as Hispanic or Latino, and 1.7 percent as “other”.
Program Website: https://www.mdek12.org/OFP/Title-IV-Part-B