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.

2017 Results

Academic Persistence and Achievement

  • 86% of Early Childhood youth (ages 3-5) met or exceeded the developmental standards for literacy; and 87% met or exceeded the standard for mathematics. 
  • 100% of youth ages 6-18 successfully transitioned to the next grade level in school
  • 81% of school age youth (ages 6-13) and 83% of teens (ages 14-18) improved their math and science grades or maintained a GPA of 3.0 or above
  • 75% of school age youth (ages 6-13) and 92% of teens (ages 14-18) had fewer than nine absences from school (CPS's "on-track" guideline for attendance)
  • 100% of CYC seniors graduated from high school and are currently enrolled in college or are gainfully employed
  • 66% of youth demonstrated positive attitudes about STEAM careers

Social Emotional Competencies

  • 87% of youth and 91% of teens reported that they feel confident solving problems
  • 80% of youth reported that they see themselves as creative
  • 79% of youth and 93% of teens expressed interest in trying new experiences or taking on difficult tasks   
  • 89% of Early Childhood youth (ages 3-5) met developmental standards for social-emotional development

For more results and information, see our 2017 Annual Report.