For afterschool participation and funding levels in California, refer to the Afterschool in California Fact Sheet.
Explore America After 3PM for even more research on afterschool programs in California.
School-based afterschool funding in California originates from the state-funded After School Education and Safety (ASES) program and the federally-funded 21st Century Community Learning Centers initiative. Part of California's federal 21st Century funding is reserved for high schools through the 21st Century High School After School Safety and Enrichment for Teens (ASSETs) program. While the 21st Century initiative(including ASSETs) funds programs at 912 school sites, ASES funds programs at more than four times as many sites (4,026). California has survived its first year of the post-Schwarzenegger era, who was an enthusiastic supporter of afterschool. Gov. Jerry Brown signed his first state budget, and while subsidized child care took a $200 million hit, ASES was fully funded at $550 million. The major policy initiative this year is to increase the flexibility of ASES supplemental program grants to be more effective in serving students during the summer months. In addition, State Superintendent Tom Torlakson created a new After School Divison during the 2011 reorganization of the California Department of Education.
Check out the State Policy section of our website for state-specific data and ideas for developing and advancing afterschool policy at the state level.
See Policy News for the latest on afterschool legislation from Washington, D.C.
Interested in running an afterschool tutoring program?
Find information on the application process and selection criteria for Supplemental Educational Services (SES) providers in your state here.
California received $415.8 million through the ARRA-School Improvement Grants (SIG) program to turn around its persistently lowest achieving schools. ARRA-SIG grants are part of the $3.5 billion that were made available to states from money set aside in the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the FY 2010 federal budget. Eligible schools may use ARRA-SIG funding to support extended learning-time opportunities.
Eight California-based organizations were also awarded Invest in Innovation (i3) grants: WestEd; Advancement Through Opportunity and Knowledge; Alliance for College; the California Education Round Table Intersegmental Coordinating Committee; the Corona-Norco Unified School District; the Exploratorium; and the Los Angeles Unified School District. Several of the i3 recipients highlighted expanded learning opportunities such as project-based activities and STEM enrichment through afterschool programming.
Additionally, the South Bay Center for Community Development (SBCC) leveraged ARRA-Workforce Invest Act (WIA) funds to partner with Los Angeles Southwest College and LA City College (part of the LA Community College District) on LA Scholars, a summer youth employment program.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 offers numerous opportunities to support extended learning-time including afterschool, before school and summer programs. See more on afterschool and the Recovery here.
Your statewide afterschool network has a webpage with useful resources and policy updates: http://www.afterschoolnetwork.org/
What's the word on afterschool in your state? News clippings, noteworthy quotes and feel good stories highlight California's afterschool cause.
What leaders are saying in California:
We need to continue making sure kids have productive things to do after school. Last year we stepped up and authorized $800,000 to expand after-school programs. I hope that we as a city can be aggressive in applying for the recently approved $550 million statewide for afterschool programs from Proposition 49. Our city share should be in the ballpark of $7 million, which could provide a lot of afterschool opportunities.
City Council Member, Sacramento
Research provides ample evidence of the positive impact of good afterschool programs. Children who regularly attend have better grades and behavior in school, lower incidences of drug use, violence and pregnancy, and are less likely to be either the perpetrators or victims of crime.
February 6, 2013
Sandy Birmingham, an Afterschool Ambassador and STEM Pipeline and Outreach Coordinator for Project ACCESO at California State University Channel Islands, was named a “Leading Woman in STEM” at the 2012 California STEM Summit. Birmingham was honored for her work creating high-quality, hands-on afterschool science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs.
November 7, 2012
The California AfterSchool Network has announced that Frank Pisi will be the group’s new director. Pisi has more than 15 years of experience in the afterschool and education fields. He has been part of the Network’s leadership since its inception in 2005.
America's Afterschool Storybook tells the stories of people and communities transformed by afterschool programs. Read more inspiring stories from America's Afterschool Storybook from people across the country.
From Gloria Hernandez's Afterschool Story:
For some, we were the only the positive adult figures in their lives. I was so lucky to be there... I learned the real life issues involved in teaching.
From Lisette Abad's Afterschool Story:
I was fighting for the gold and he was fighting for his life, I know my father would have wanted me to be at the tournament.
From Chelsea Starr's Afterschool Story:
Soon, my grades went up. Constantly having a person looking over my shoulder encouraged me to try my best. Having someone who believed in me and showed me what was possible gave me the confidence to accomplish more and set higher goals.
From Brad Lupien's Afterschool Story:
Being away from the concrete jungle of his neighborhood and the chance to experience something completely new was freeing for Jose. It showed him that the world was bigger than the few square blocks he’d lived in all his life.
From Martha Pena's Afterschool Story:
I loved how this program combined the fun aspect of an afterschool program with a structured curriculum.
From Esai Alvarez's Afterschool Story:
The staff helped me get back on track by not letting me quit and always encouraging me to keep studying and applying myself. They believed in me.
From Matt Hurley's Afterschool Story:
Make sure that the staff leading the STEM programming has the appropriate training and knowledge to be effective. Useful topics for staff training include career exploration, family engagement, equity, youth engagement, inquiry and questioning strategies.
California has champions across the state leading the fight to ensure that all children have access to safe and enriching afterschool programs.
On March 3, 2005, members of Congress established the first-ever Afterschool Caucus in both the Senate and the House of Representatives in order to build support for afterschool programs and increase resources for quality afterschool care. The following elected officials from California participate in their chamber's Afterschool Caucus:
House Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA)
House Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA)
House Rep. Doris Matsui (D-CA)
House Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA)
House Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA)
House Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA)
Senate Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA)
Senate Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
Afterschool for All brings together individuals and organizations from across the nation who support the vision that all children and youth deserve access to quality, affordable afterschool programs. Here's a list of some prominent Afterschool for All participants in California:
American Youth Soccer Organization, Hawthorne, CA
Berkeley/Richmond Jewish Community Center, CA
Chief of Police William J. Bratton, Los Angeles, CA
City of San Jose, Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Services, San Jose, CA
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, California
Mayor Beverly Johnson, Alameda, CA
Selected from some of the most effective afterschool programs and advocacy organizations in the nation, the Afterschool Ambassadors work every day to help keep kids safe, inspire children to learn and help working families. They know firsthand the barriers and benefits that communities face in making afterschool available to all children and are a great resource for programs throughout California. Here is a list of past and present ambassadors in your state:
Ambassador for 2011-12:
Oakland Unified School District
After School Programs Office
746 Grand Avenue
Oakland, CA 94610
Greenfield Union School District
Greenfield Success After School Program
1624 Fairview Road
Bakersfield, CA 93304
San Bernardino City Unified School District
1535 West Highland Avenue
San Bernardino, CA 92411
Mt. Diablo Unified School District
Mt. Diablo CARES
1026 Mohr Lane
Concord, CA 94518
1393 S. 7th Street, Suite 111
San Jose, CA 95112
West Contra Costa YMCA of the East Bay
263 South 20th St.
Richmond, CA 94804
Mostovoy Strategies, LLP
Firebaugh-Las Deltas Unified School District
1976 Morris Kyle Drive
Firebaugh, CA 93622
Region 4 Lead
ACOE Curriculum & Instruction
313 West Winton Avenue
Hayward, CA 94544
MARY HOSHIKO HAUGHEY
YMCA of Santa Clara Valley
1922 The Alameda
San Jose, CA 95126
CSU Channel Islands
One University Drive
Camarillo, CA 93012
Modesto City Schools
1017 Reno Avenue
Modesto, CA 95351
Out-of-School Times Programs
9619 Cuyamaca Street
Santee, CA 92071
397 Imperial Way, #329
San Francisco, CA 94124
2100 East 4th Street
Santa Ana, CA 92705