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Document Number: 6357

When Schools Stay Open Late: The National Evaluation of the 21st-Century Community Learning Centers Program - The 21st Century Community Learning Centers program has supported after-school programs since 1998, although research on its effects have been inconclusive. Using data colleted over three years, this study finds that elementary students randomly assigned to the 21st Century Community Learning Centers after-school program were: (1) more likely to feel safe after school, (2) no more likely to have higher academic achievement, (3) no less likely to be in self-care, (4) more likely to engage in some negative behaviors and (5) more likely to experience mixed effects on developmental outcomes relative to students not randomly assigned to attend the centers. (Susanne James-Burdumy, Mark Dynarski, Mary Moore, John Deke, Wendy Mansfield, Carol Pistorino and Elizabeth Walker, U.S. Department of Education, April 2005)...

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