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This report describes the implementation of the DC 21st Century Learning Centers (DC 21st CCLC) Summer 2000 program, which enrolled about 1,000 children attending 9 middle and junior high schools. The report is designed to provide feedback to managers of the DC 21st CCLC program and to inform Children and Youth Investment Partnership, of which DC 21st CCLC is a part. The DC 21st CCLC program, run by the District of Columbia public school system (DCPS), began as an initiative to help coordinate the different types of youth activities provided for children in the District of Columbia and currently includes after-school, summer, Saturday, and adult evening programs. The report, based on observations of program activities and interviews with coordinators, facilitators, and parents at the 9 DC 21st CCLC summer schools, concludes that in general the program has been well implemented with sufficient resources and support, and that it has responded with flexibility to challenges beyond the program's control. Parent responses were positive, staff appeared to be satisfied with program implementation, and activities appeared to give students many opportunities to develop a variety of skills in the areas of education, technology, sports and community service. Appendixes present characteristics of observed program activities, a description of technology use in DC 21st CCLC program, and protocols for site visits. (SM)

Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Enrichment Activities, Formative Evaluation, Program Attitudes, Program Implementation, Questionnaires, Summer Programs, Supplementary Education, Urban Youth

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Author: Raphael, Jacqueline; Chaplin, Duncan


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