National Study of Continuous Quality Improvement to Inform the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program

The U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES) is sponsoring a study to inform the Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program. The study has two components:

  • A national snapshot of afterschool centers in the 21st CCLC program to describe their goals and the strategies they use to achieve them; and
  • An impact study to examine the effectiveness of a continuous quality improvement system implemented with staff in 21st CCLC-funded afterschool centers.

This webinar for 21st CCLC state coordinators describes an exciting opportunity available to select centers as part of the impact study. The centers will receive free training and support to implement a continuous quality improvement system focused on improving students’ social and emotional skills. Staff from the U.S. Department of Education and the study team discuss the study’s importance, the supports being offered, the types of grantees and centers that are eligible, and key study activities. If you would like to recommend your 21st CCLC grantees for participation in this important study, please contact Linda Rosenberg (


Past updates

In this update for 21st CCLC state coordinators, Erica Johnson, IES’s project officer overseeing the study, presents an update of IES’s plans for the study. If you have any questions about the study, please contact Erica Johnson (