California Update

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State and National Afterschool Policy News

Facts & Research About California

  • In California, 24% (1,653,108) of K-12 youth are responsible for taking care of themselves after school.
  • Of all California children not currently enrolled in afterschool programs, 36% (1,996,845) would be likely to participate IF an afterschool program were available in their community.
  • 97% of parents in California are satisfied with the afterschool program their child attends.
  • 19% (1,284,233) of California’s K-12 children participate in afterschool programs, including 132,000 kids in programs supported by the U.S. Department of Education’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers initiative, the only federal program dedicated to afterschool.

Source: Afterschool Alliance

Summer Learning Bill Passes Senate Education Committee
California Senate Bill 429 passed the Senate Education Committee with a 7-1 vote on April 13, 2011. SB 429 offers afterschool grantees with supplemental grants the flexibility to address student and community needs during the summer months. Since the supplemental grants have already been allocated to these programs, there is no cost for this flexibility. The bill would allow programs to operate extended days, open programs to students throughout the district and operate at approved sites in the community.

Low-income children are disproportionately impacted by learning loss and other risks during the summer months. Budget cuts have forced districts to significantly reduce or eliminate summer school, which affects After School Education and Safety and 21st Century Community Learning Center grantees’ ability to provide critical summer learning programs. For more information, read the SB429 fact sheet.

Join CVAF for CalSAC’s Annual Afterschool Challenge Every May
For the past few years, CVAF has been actively involved as advisory committee members for California School-Age Consortium’s (CalSAC) Annual Afterschool Challenge. This event, held at the end of May in Sacramento, is aimed at educating and empowering professionals, youth and parents to engage in grassroots advocacy statewide and locally to advance out-of-school time learning. Participants will learn more about the legislative process and issues currently impacting the out-of-school time field, and will educate legislators across the state about the importance of out-of school time programs. For more information, contact Dr. Kim Boyer .

After School Education and Safety Program (ASES)
The After School Education and Safety (ASES) Program is the result of the 2002 voter-approved initiative, Proposition 49. This proposition amended California Education Code (EC) 8482 to expand and rename the former Before and After School Learning and Safe Neighborhood Partnerships Program. The ASES Program funds the establishment of local afterschool education and enrichment programs. These programs are created through partnerships between schools and local community resources to provide literacy, academic enrichment, and safe constructive alternatives for students in kindergarten through ninth grade (K-9). Funding is designed to: (1) maintain existing before and after school program funding; and (2) provide eligibility to all elementary and middle schools that submit qualifying applications throughout California. The current funding level for the ASES program is $550 million. For information and updates, go to the ASES website.

21st Century Community Learning Center Programs
This program supports the creation of community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools. The program helps students meet state and local student standards in core academic subjects, such as reading and math; offers students a broad array of enrichment activities that can complement their regular academic programs; and offers literacy and other educational services to the families of participating children. For updates, vist the 21st CCLC website.

Local Elected Officials
It is important to advocate and bring awareness to afterschool and out-of-school-time learning programs in our area. We encourage legislative officials to visit programs in our area. For more information about our local elected officials, go to

Afterschool Policy Updates
A great way to stay informed about afterschool policy is to join the policy committee with the California Afterschool Network, which provides timely, objective updates on state and federal budgets and policies impacting after school programs. Visit the California Afterschool Network website for more information.

CVAF recommends the following sources for further statewide legislative information: