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Year Published: 2014
This evaluation examined 17 afterschool programs in the Denver Public School system that were funded in part by Colorado’s 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) grant. It found that students who were new to the program and participated more than 30 days (first-year attendees) and students who attended more than 30 days multiple years in a row (multi-year attendees) saw improved school day attendance and believed that the program helped them perform better academically. Students regularly participating in the program also reported positively when asked about their social competency, their ability to plan for the future and their future expectations. The evaluation also found that multi-year attendees outperformed their non-participating peers when examining performance growth on the state’s academic assessments; however, there was little difference found when comparing students’ proficiency levels.
Program Description: Denver Public Schools provide afterschool school and summer learning programs to more than 5,000 kindergarten through 12th grade students each year. The programs provide academically enriching activities, arts and cultural activities, and physical activity; promote youth leadership, healthy eating, and parent engagement; and offer wrap-around family support services to the children and families they serve.
Scope of the Evaluation: Local
Program Type: Afterschool
Location: Denver, CO
Community Type: Urban
Grade level: Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Program Demographics: Among the regular afterschool program participants, 91 percent qualified for free or reduced price lunch, 12 percent had disabilities or special needs, and 42 percent were English language learners. Half of regular participants were female. Seventy-three percent of participants were Hispanic, 12 percent were African American, 8 percent were white, three percent were Asian, two percent were biracial, and one percent were American Indian/Alaska Native.