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Year Published: 2018
A statewide evaluation of New Mexico’s 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) programs during the 2017-18 program year found that an overwhelming majority of regular program participants (attending 30 days or more) showed improvements in their school behavior. According to teachers surveyed, 91 percent of regular program participants improved in classroom behavior, while 88 percent improved in homework and class participation. Regular program participants also demonstrated academic gains, with roughly half of students (51 percent) earning a below passing grade in math and reading during the first grading period raising their grades before the end of term.
Program Name: New Mexico 21st Century Community Learning Centers
New Mexico’s 21st Century Community Learning Center program, which receives federal funding through the 21st CCLC Initiative, provides academic enrichment opportunities for children at high-poverty and low-performing schools. During the 2017-18 program year, 13 grantees operated 90 sites, serving 10,823 youth as well as engaging 7,707 family members in family events and activities.
Scope of the Evaluation: Statewide
Program Type: Summer, Afterschool
Location: New Mexico
Grade level: Elementary School, Middle School, High School
All schools served by New Mexico’s 21st CCLC programs are Title I eligible, meaning more than 40 percent of students qualify for Free and Reduced Price Lunch. During the 2017-18 program year, 92 percent of students were eligible for Free or Reduced Price Lunch, 18 percent were identified to have limited English proficiency, and 9 percent were identified to have special needs. Regarding race and ethnicity, 78 percent of students identified as Hispanic or Latino; 10 percent identified as White; 6 percent identified as American Indian or Alaska Native; 1 percent as Black or African American; less than 1 percent identified as Asian; less than 1 percent identified as Multiracial; less one percent identified as Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander; 1 percent as “some other race”; and data was not reported for 2 percent of students.