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Year Published: 2018
A statewide evaluation of Iowa’s 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) programs examined student behavior as well as academic gains in reading and math. On average, 43 percent of regular program participants identified as needing improvement showed improvements in reading and 37 percent improved in math. In addition, 83 percent of students improved their behavior and 81 percent improved their homework completion and class participation.
Program Name: Iowa 21st Century Community Learning Centers
Iowa’s 21st Century Community Learning Center program, which is federally-funded through the 21st CCLC Initiative, provides students in high-need, high-poverty communities with academic enrichment opportunities in afterschool programming. In 2017, Iowa had 21 grantee organizations operating 105 sites serving 15,551 students.
Scope of the Evaluation: Statewide
Program Type: Summer, Afterschool
Grade level: Elementary School, Middle School, High School
All schools served by Iowa’s 21st CCLC programs are Title I eligible, meaning more than 40 percent of students qualify for Federal Free and Reduced Price Lunch. In 2017, 71 percent of program participants qualified for Free or Reduced Price Lunch, 8 percent were categorized as limited English proficient, and 12 percent were students with a disability. 61.7 percent of children served by programs identified as White, 14.1 percent identified as Hispanic or Latino, 16 percent identified as Black or African American, 3.3 percent identified as Asian or Pacific Islander, and 1.2 percent identified as American Indian or Alaska Native.