State Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) today announced legislation to allow students enrolled in 21st Century Community Learning Centers and other out-of-school time programming to receive class credit.
“A child’s education doesn’t just happen during the school day. For many Ohio students, out-of-school time (OST) learning plays a pivotal role in their development,” said Rep. Boyd. “OST programs in my district and around the state provide structured, supervised learning opportunities, including family engagement, peer mentorship, health and wellness, enrichment time, academics and other valuable life skills.”
The 21st Century Community Learning Center’s program provides opportunities for children who come from economically disadvantaged families and attend low-performing schools to receive academic supports. Nearly 285,000 Ohio students are enrolled in 21st CCLC and nearly 850,000 currently on waiting lists.
A nationwide study of students who regularly attend a Community Learning Center found that half saw improvements in math and language arts grades, and two-thirds improved homework completion and class participation. Most students also saw overall improvements in behavior.
“OST programs are making a difference in the lives of students across Ohio, expanding opportunities for them to develop the skills they need to succeed in and out of the classroom,” Rep. Boyd said. “Allowing these students to receive credit for participating in these innovative programs strengthens public education and renews our promise to invest in our children’s future.”
A recent Families across America report found that more than 75 percent of Ohio parents say quality afterschool programs give them peace of mind, allow them to continue working full-time and reduces their child’s likelihood of engaging in risky behavior.
Additionally, research indicates that every dollar spent in afterschool OST programming saves three dollars by increasing a child’s earning potential, improving school performance and reducing crime and juvenile delinquency.