National Evaluation to Inform the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program


The U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES) is sponsoring an evaluation to inform the Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program. The evaluation 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 promising strategy for improving the quality of afterschool staff practices to support student success.

In this webinar for 21st CCLC state coordinators, Erica Johnson, IES’s project officer overseeing the evaluation, presents an update of IES’s plans for the evaluation. If you have any questions about the evaluation, please contact Erica Johnson ( If you would like to recommend 21st CCLC programs for participation in the study of the promising strategy, please contact Susanne James-Burdumy (