Tracking and Monitoring

CYC purposefully tracks and monitors our results to continuously improve our impact. We use industry standard and nationally tested methods to measure our outcomes, including the Survey of Academic Youth Outcomes (SAYO) to track youth progress in social-emotional development and 21st century skills; the Assessment Tools in Informal Science (ATIS) library to assess youth progress in STEAM; and we reguarly collect report cards and work closely with families and schools to ensure our children continue to persist and succeed. Our approach to collecting data is:


As members of the Chicago Benchmarking Collaborative we share knowledge with partners to determine proven best practices and place our results in context with other leading agencies.


Cloud-based data collection tools, like Efforts to Outcomes, allow our staff to analyze children's progress and make program changes in real-time.


CYC Staff is highly trained to map data, spot patterns, determine root causes, and implement improvements.

2016 Results

Academic Persistence and Achievement

  • 97% of Early Childhood youth (ages 3-5) met or exceeded the developmental standards for literacy; and 95% met or exceeded the standard for mathematics. 
  • 100% of youth ages 6-18 successfully transitioned to the next grade level in school
  • 64% of school age youth (ages 6-13) and 60% of teens (ages 14-18) improved their grades in school
  • 96% of school age youth (ages 6-13) and 94% of teens (ages 14-18) had fewer than nine absences from school (CPS's "on-track" guideline for attendance)

Social Emotional Competencies

  • 82% of youth increased their communication skills
  • 87% of youth increased their critical thinking skills
  • 83% of youth increased their collaboration skills    
  • 70% of youth increased their creativity skills
  • 92% of Early Childhood youth (ages 3-5) met developmental standards for social-emotional development

For more results and information, see our 2016 Annual Report.