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Year Published: 2018
A statewide evaluation of North Carolina’s 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) programs examined academic performance and behavior of regularly participating students. State achievement test results in reading and math for program participants (grades 4-8) showed year-to-year improvements in test scores that were on par or slightly above the state average. Additionally, based on classroom teacher surveys, an overwhelming majority of students regularly attending 21st CCLC programs made improvements in student performance (86 percent) and behavior (69 percent).
Program Name: North Carolina 21st Century Community Learning Centers
North Carolina’s 21st Century Community Learning Center 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 school year, there were a total of 109 grantees operating 265 centers and serving 17,619 students.
Scope of the Evaluation: Statewide
Program Type: Afterschool
Location: North Carolina
Grade level: Elementary School, Middle School, High School
All schools served by North Carolina’s 21st CCLC programs are Title I eligible, meaning more than 40 percent of students qualify for Free and Reduced Price Lunch. An average of 77 percent of students per program center attend schools that qualified for Title I funding. With regard to race and ethnicity, roughly half of the students enrolled identified as African American (53 percent), 22 percent as White, 19 percent as Hispanic, and 6 percent as “other.”
Program Website: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/21cclc/