The 21st Century Learning Centers (21st CLCC) federal program is intended to enhance the education of children, support families, promote healthy youth development, and bring together communities. From 2004 to 2013, CAYCI assisted the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio 21st CCLCs by providing:
- Professional development, linking program administrators and staff to best-practices in the fields of afterschool and youth development.
- Technical and expert assistance for program and school administrators navigating issues in the out-of-school time programs.
- Research and program evaluation, through the development and implementation of the Ohio-Quality Assessment Rubric (O-QAR)
O-QAR was used in 21st CCLCs across Ohio to assess stakeholder perceptions about various program characteristics such as the quality of youth development practices, academic learning, safety/health/nutrition, parent involvement, sustainability, and staffing. Each year, CAYCI produced reports detailing the quality of the 21st CLCC sites as perceived by students, staff, and parents and summarizing recommendations for continued improvement. Click here to read the 2012-13 OQAR state report, and email CAYCI if you are interested in previous years. Several resources for afterschool programs were developed out of this work and are available on the Resources page of our website.