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Year Published: 2017
A statewide evaluation of Montana’s 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) programs examined the impact of 21st CCLC programs on student academic performance, student behaviors, and positive youth assets. Surveyed teachers reported that 69.3 percent of students regularly attending the program maintained or increased their in-class math grades, while 71.2 percent increased their in-class reading grades. In addition, teachers noticed an increase in the socio-emotional skills of their students, improvements in conflict resolution (64.6 percent) and peer-to-peer relations (62.8 percent).
Program Name: Montana 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program
Montana’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. Across the state of Montana, 79 grantees operated 149 centers serving approximately 12,559 students during the 2015-16 school year and 5,879 during the summer.
Scope of the Evaluation: Statewide
Program Type: Summer, Afterschool
Grade level: Elementary School, Middle School, High School
All schools served by Montana’s 21st CCLC programs are Title I eligible, meaning more than 40 percent of students qualify for Free and Reduced Price Lunch. In Montana, 57 percent of program participants qualified for free or reduced price lunch, 7.1 percent of program participants were identified to have special needs, and 1.4 percent had limited English proficiency. With regard to race and ethnicity, 70.9 percent of students identified as White, 21.5 percent as American Indian, 3.2 percent as Hispanic, 1 percent as African American, 0.8 percent as Asian or Pacific Islander, and 2.6 percent as two or more races.
*Demographic characteristics were made available on a semester basis rather than a yearly basis. Since the majority of participants are represented in the spring 2016 data, the spring semester data is used to represent the school year.
Program Website: https://opi.mt.gov/Leadership/Academic-Success/After-School-Programs