ERIC Number: ED445795
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
21st Century Community Learning Centers: Providing Quality Afterschool Learning Opportunities for America's Families.
de Kanter, Adriana; Williams, Rebecca; Cohen, Gillian; Stonehill, Robert
The 21st Century Community Learning Centers program, implemented through a public-private partnership between the U.S. Department of Education and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, provides grants to communities to fund public schools as community education centers. The community education centers are intended to allow students after-school access to homework centers, tutors, cultural enrichment, and recreational and nutritional opportunities. This report describes the programs and presents initial evaluation information. The report begins by detailing the need for after-school programs and the development of the 21st Century program. This section also delineates how the programs are benefiting children in numerous communities nationwide in the areas of student behavior, substance use, juvenile crime, teen pregnancies, and student grade repetition. The report then discusses the importance of locating after-school programs within school buildings to serve children where they are. The remainder of the report details characteristics of 21st Century programs, based on progress reports supplied by grantees. These reports indicated that many programs provide services for adults as well as students. About 55 percent of 21st Century projects serve rural populations; 45 percent serve inner city populations and are more likely than average schools to serve high-poverty students. About 60 percent of centers are open at least 15 hours each week. The vast majority provide activities focused on boosting achievement in core subject areas. Two thirds of the grantees also operate a summer program. Communication with the regular school day program is evident in several collaborative activities. Approximately 90 percent of the learning centers collaborate with community-based organizations. The report concludes by noting that the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program has become a powerful model that demonstrates how schools can provide expanded support for children and their families. (KB)
Descriptors: After School Education, After School Programs, Children, Community Programs, Cooperation, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Programs, Latchkey Children, Partnerships in Education, Program Descriptions, Program Evaluation, School Age Day Care, School Community Relationship
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Education, Washington, DC.