After school and summer programs are a beacon for the millions of working families in California who need a safe, enriching environment for their children in the hours after the last school bell rings. By participating in vibrant, dynamic programs during critical hours outside of school, children and youth build self-esteem, increase school success and gain critical life skills. We provide schools and their community partners with assistance in financing, improving, and sustaining after school and summer programs.
Our after school & summer technical assistance focuses on increasing the number of children and youth in quality after school programs, improving the design and quality of after school programs through professional development and ensuring that expanded learning programs can be sustained over time by helping to identify and secure funding from sources including the 21st Century Community Learning Center program, After School Education and Safety and Proposition 49. Learn more.
Our Summer Matters campaign is the first-ever statewide initiative focused on creating and expanding access to high quality summer learning opportunities for all California students. Summer Matters is increasing the number of students served by summer learning programs and generating momentum and support for summer learning among education, elected, business, civic, and philanthropic leaders across the state. Go to the Summer Matters website
Our Expanded Learning in Affordable-Housing Communities program strengthens after school and summer learning programming for young people by connecting housing-based youth-service providers to each other, and by training them to continuously assess and improve their work with kids. Learn more.
Expanded Learning 360°/365 is a statewide initiative to improve social-emotional learning (SEL) in expanded learning programs and increase coordination between these programs and the school day to support student learning, particularly around SEL outcomes. PCY’s comprehensive strategy includes providing direct support to school districts, producing tools and resources that support the field, and developing policies that promote alignment between the school day and expanded learning programs. Learn more.
We believe expanded learning time provides a unique variety of academically enriching, engaging, and hands-on learning opportunities that complement and build on children’s needs and interests – and that these services should be delivered jointly by non-profits and schools during the times after-school, before school, and in the summer.