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After School Education & Safety Program

Provides funds to schools and districts that collaborate with community partners to provide safe and educationally enriching alternatives for children and youths during nonschool hours.

Program Description
Background information, program objectives, and requirements for the After School Education and Safety (ASES) Program.

A Vision for Expanded Learning in California–Strategic Plan 2.0: 2019–2023 (PDF)
Developed by the California Department of Education in collaboration with K–12 educators, program practitioners, and support providers.

A Vision for Expanded Learning in CaliforniaStrategic Plan: 2014-2016 (PDF; 2MB)
Developed by the California Department of Education in collaboration with K–12 educators, program practitioners, and support providers.

Expanded Learning Visionary/Emerging Leadership Award
Recognition for individuals who are new to or have worked several years in the field of Expanded Learning and have demonstrated leadership, innovation, compassion, creativity, resourcefulness, and dedication in operating stellar Expanded Learning programs.

Distinguished After School Health Recognition Program (DOC)
Establishes an award to recognize Expanded Learning programs who are meeting exemplary health education, nutrition, and activity standards.

Executive Summary
Executive Summary on California's After School Learning and Safe Neighborhoods Partnerships Program, 1999–2001. (Department of Education, University of California at Irvine)

ASES, 21st CCLC, and ASSETs Frequently Asked Questions (DOCX)

Summer Programs Frequently Asked Questions

Funding and Fiscal Management
Available funding, award notifications, and budget information and forms for ASES and 21st CCLC grants.

California After School Physical Activity Guidelines (PDF; Revised Feb-2010)
Resources for implementing high-quality physical activity programs within California Department of Education–funded after school programs.

ASES Program Plan Guide (DOCX; Revised Jun-2018)
A guide to assist grantees to create an operational design of an expanded learning program within the framework of the requirements defined in statute.

Quality Design Team Recommendations Report (DOCX)
The Quality Design Team was formed to provide recommendations to the EXLD outlining strategies for further expansion and coordination of the System of Support for Expanded Learning.

Quality Standards for Expanded Learning in California

Policy Guidance

Annual Outcome-Based Data Report for Evaluation and Continuous Quality Improvement

Regional Technical Assistance

  • System of Support for Expanded Learning
    Provides training and technical assistance that develops and provides resources supporting safe and educationally enriching environments for children and youths in before and after school programs throughout California.

  • Regional Technical Assistance Contacts
    System of Support for Expanded Learning contacts within the 11 service regions of the California County Superintendents' Educational Services Association.

Links to state and federal resources, as well as a sample document to be used to notify parents that an after school program is available at their child's school.

Contact the Expanded Learning Division
Contact information for the ASES Program and the 21st CCLC Program.

Complaint Procedures

A complaint is a statement that a local school, school district, or county of education policy has been violated or that a state or federal law or regulation has been violated. Please review the Complaint Procedures Web page for detailed information on filing a complaint.

Questions: Expanded Learning Division | | 916-319-0923 
Last Reviewed: Monday, May 13, 2019
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