Evidence Brief: Effective CNCS-Funded Education Programs


Among the interventions and national service programs CNCS has funded in the education area, those with positive results from high-quality, independent, and rigorous impact studies are featured in this brief. Through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and other programs, the agency has made sustained investments in students, schools, parents, teachers, and communities across the country.

The education-focused programs supported by CNCS have produced favorable and measured outcomes in the areas of:

  • Kindergarten or school readiness
  • Improved socioemotional skills
  • Emergent literacy skills
  • Improved reading and math achievement
  • Improved attendance and behavior
  • Reduced school dropout rate
  • Improved standardized test scores (e.g., ACT or SAT)
  • High school completion
  • Increased access to college and careers, college enrollment, persistence and completion, and others.

The evidence-based AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs employ a variety of models, including inquiry-based curriculum, one-on-one tutoring/mentoring/coaching/counseling, summer programs, high school/college dual enrollment, professional development, comprehensive school reform, residential programs, training for parents or new teachers, life skills training, home visits, and general student academic support.

CNCS Program(s): 
AmeriCorps State and National
AmeriCorps VISTA
Senior Corps
CNCS Focus Area(s): 
Age(s) Studied: 
0-5 (Early childhood)
6-12 (Childhood)
13-17 (Adolescent)
18-25 (Young adult)
Outcomes Category(s): 
School Readiness
K-12 Success
Post-Secondary Educational Support
Date Posted Online: 
November 29, 2018
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