Virginia’s afterschool and summer learning programs support both parents and kids. Children explore learning and interests while connecting socially in a face-to-face environment. Working families are supported and assured knowing that their children are safe, cared for and positioned to make positive choices.

Out-of-School Time Works

A 2018 evaluation by the University of Memphis of Virginia’s 21st Community Center Learning Centers, which are out-of-school time programs funded through the Department of Education, found that based on teacher-reported outcomes, 76% of regularly attending students improved their ability to complete their homework and participation in class, and 69% improved their classroom behavior. Roughly 3 out of 4 regularly attending students surveyed felt that 21st CCLC programs help them “get better grades in school” (78%) and “prepare for a job or a career” (75%).

Summer Programs Prevent Summer Slide

Summer programs fill so many voids for children when school lets out. On the foundational level they provide a safe space with caring adults, and serve healthy snacks and meals. Secondly, youth keep the academic and social learning moving forward. This is critical as some of the data highlights.

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