We provide schools and their community partners with assistance in financing, improving and sustaining after school and summer programs.

PCY is committed to supporting and sustaining expanded learning systems across the Bay Area and state of California. As an intermediary, we unite stakeholders around a shared mission to coordinate and maximize resources and drive improvement.

PCY Technical Assistance was created to support efforts to raise the quality of expanded learning programming across districts, cities, and local nonprofits. PCY recognizes it takes time to improve and sustain quality. This time involves a continuous cycle of learning that must be ongoing and organized. We aim to link learning, leadership, and collaboration among the initiative participants with the goal of building their capacity to independently sustain these efforts of learning and improvement over time.


If you or your organization are interested in participating in PCY Technical Assistance, contact Daren@partnerforchildren.org.

BACL Postit

There are two core features of BACL. Initiative participants must be implementing the following features within their expanded learning programs, projects, initiatives, and/or systems in order to participate:

  • Technical Assistance [TA]: ongoing needs driven support services to create effective and quality expanded learning programs (e.g. before and after school, summer, and extended day). Key strategies of TA may include training, coaching, mentoring, consultation, and resource brokerage.
  • Quality Improvement: Partnership for Children and Youth defines quality improvement as a continuous cycle of assessment, planning, and implementation that conjointly includes program infrastructure and point of service areas of program quality. The Cycle of Quality Improvement (CQI) is designed to be a continuous, cyclical process and consists of three key components that are sequenced over time to improve program quality. Participants and/or TA providers of the CQI may enter the cycle in different phases depending on programmatic timelines and capacity-building infrastructure; however, to experience the full benefit of the cycle and to improve program quality over time, all components are to be included and continuous. The key components of the cycle include:
    • Phase 1 [ASSESS]: collect data and information to assess and debrief progress towards goals using a program quality assessment tool(s). Data and information collection is an effective way to analyze and predict the function, purpose, impact, or effectiveness of a program, initiative, or system based on quantitative and qualitative variables, including needs, strengths, and trends.
    • Phase 2 [PLAN]: set program improvement goals and develop a comprehensive, time-limited plan for implementation based on program quality standards.
    • Phase 3 [IMPLEMENT]: implement strategies and activities toward achieving goals.

After School & Summer Technical Assistance

Our after school and summer technical assistance work focuses on improving the design and quality of programs through professional development, increasing the number of children and youth in quality after school programs 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.

After School Safety and Education for Teens (ASSETs)
Effective ASSETs programs offer an important resource ensuring young people are on track to graduate from high school, and are beginning to develop plans and the needed skills for the challenges of adult life. PCY was an early advocate for high school after-school programs, leading to state legislation that created California’s high school after school initiative – the first of its kind in the country.

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Policy & Advocacy

We serve as a bridge between on-the-ground needs and the work of policy makers at the local, state and federal levels, advocating for policies that enable schools and their community partners to improve services provided to students and their families.

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