ERIC Number: ED569701
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
21st Century Community Learning Centers: A Descriptive Evaluation for 2013-2014
Hammer, Patricia Cahape; White, Larry J.
West Virginia Department of Education
This evaluation study provides descriptive information about the implementation and outcomes of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) program in West Virginia, from September 2013 through May 2014. The report draws on information from online surveys of directors of 27 CCLC programs and from school teachers for 2,117 of the 11,432 participating students. Most participating students were in the elementary grades. The mean number of days students attended ranged from about 9 to 93 days, depending on the program. Teachers perceived the greatest improvements in participating students' behaviors related to completing homework to teachers' satisfaction, participating in class, turning in homework on time, and being attentive in class. Regarding CCLC program volunteers, the largest sources were K-12 and higher education service learning programs. The groups with which program directors reported the greatest level of success were local clubs, AmeriCorps, and local businesses. Regarding work with partners, the most frequent types of support received were program resources, joint planning, and programming. With the exception of a few activities, 80% or more of program directors who had engaged in the various partnership activities considered them to be effective. Regarding professional development, the topics best attended by program directors were programming, staff development, family involvement, integrating afterschool with the regular school day, STEM/STEAM, and federal/state requirements. As for parent and community involvement, two thirds reported being well below target goals or having no success at all. Program directors reported offering more than 400 substance abuse prevention activities, involving more than 5,700 students and nearly 700 adults. Less than a third of directors reported that the continuous improvement process for after school (CIPAS) was very helpful; however, a strong majority (61.5%) of program directors indicated that WVDE monitoring visits were very helpful. The following are appended: (1) Teacher Questionnaire; (2) Program Director Questionnaire; and (3) Program Directors' Comments.
Descriptors: Community Centers, Student Behavior, Enrichment Activities, After School Programs, State Programs, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Online Surveys, Administrator Surveys, Teacher Surveys, Student Surveys, Elementary Secondary Education
West Virginia Department of Education. 1900 Kanawha Boulevard East, Charleston, WV 25305. Tel: 304-558-3660; Fax: 304-558-0198; Web site: http://wvde.state.wv.us
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: West Virginia Department of Education
Identifiers - Location: West Virginia