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Year Published: 2014
An evaluation of Rhode Island’s 42 21st CCLC grantees to measure participating students’ perceptions of their programs, including students’ sense of competence and perceived supportive social environment, opportunity for choice and autonomy, and opportunity for leadership and responsibility. Key findings include that students who participated in the program mostly agreed that they had a sense of competence in reading, math, and science, and that they believed that the program helped them in academic and social/personal skill building.
Program Name: Rhode Island's 21st CCLC Program
Program Description: Rhode Island’s 21st Century Community Learning Center program—which has received federal support through the 21st CCLC initiative—serves high-needs communities across the state providing local afterschool and summer programming to 42 grantees operating 59 centers during the 2012-2013 school year. Across all centers, a total of 13,631 students were served, for an average of 231 students per center.
Scope of the Evaluation: Statewide
Program Type: Afterschool, Before school
Location: Rhode Island
Grade level: Elementary School, Middle School
Program Demographics: More than 60 percent of students participating in Rhode Island’s 21st CCLC program qualified for free or reduced price lunch. Approximately 10 percent of students served were limited English proficient and 4 percent were students with special needs. Among regular program attendees, 36 percent of students were Hispanic, 36 percent were white, 25 percent were African-American, 4 percent were Asian, and 2 percent were Native American.