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Each grantee must undergo a periodic evaluation to assess its progress toward achieving its goal of providing high-quality opportunities for academic enrichment. The evaluation must be based on the factors included in the measures of effectiveness. The results of the evaluation must be made available to the public upon request and be used to refine, improve, and strengthen the program and to refine the performance measures. Local grantees, working with the ISBE Wellness Department, must evaluate the academic progress of children participating in the Nita M. Lowey 21st CCLC program. A template for local evaluations, which is designed to align with the Statewide Evaluation, can be found below. Local evaluations for all cohorts are due January 15, 2024.

States must conduct a comprehensive evaluation (directly or through a grant or contract) of the effectiveness of programs and activities provided with Nita M. Lowey 21st CCLC funds. States are required to describe the performance indicators and performance measures they will use to evaluate local programs in their applications to U.S. Department of Ed. States must also monitor the periodic evaluations of local programs and must disseminate the results of these evaluations to the public. These results can be found below.​

 Annual Spring Survey

Each spring, EDC will be send individual emails to each 21st CCLC project director with the link(s) to the Annual Survey. As a reminder, the Annual Survey is designed to address the statewide evaluation questions and the established statewide goals for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Initiative. Completing this survey is a requirement of your 21st CCLC grant. Within the email from EDC, you will find the link to the survey and the login and associated information for your grant. Note that if you have more than one grant you will receive a separate link for each of your grants.

The Annual Survey is​ password-protected so that only you and those who you have designated will have access to the information you provide.​ This year, the Annual Spring Survey links can be expected to be sent out June 1, 2024 and will need to be submitted by June 30, 2024.

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