We serve as a bridge between on-the-ground needs and the work of policymakers, advocating for policies that enable schools and their community partners to improve services provided to students and their families.

Current State Priorities

Save After School: Campaign to Increase the ASES Daily Rate

California’s After School Education and Safety (ASES) program supports over 4,000 elementary and middle schools offering after school and summer programs to more than 600,000 students daily.

Over the last decade, the ASES program has been stretched to its breaking point due to increased operating costs and flat funding. Without additional funding, programs have already had to reduce the number of students they serve, enrichment activities, academic support, staff hours, and/or staff training, and may have to close their doors altogether, according to our 2016 survey.

Since passing Proposition 49, California has been a national leader in high quality expanded learning programs. However, the current threat to federal funding for after school and summer programs under 21st Century Community Learning Centers, combined with dramatically under-resourced state-funded programs creates a dual threat for California, which could have enormous negative impacts for hundreds of thousands of children and their families.


Senate Bill 78:  Introduced by Senator Connie Leyva (D-Chico) to increase funding for California’s statewide after school program, After School Education and Safety (ASES). For more information on our ongoing efforts to save after school, please visit our campaign website and sign up for updates.



Other Focus Areas

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Top Policy & Advocacy Accomplishments:

  • Sponsored and passed California Senate Bill 1221 (2014) authored by Senator Loni Hancock. This bill has boosted student achievement by increasing resources for summer and year-round programming; strengthening program quality by requiring data-driven local improvement plans; leveraging state data systems to improve transparency on program effectiveness and student needs; and updating program administration to support local needs and flexibility to more effectively serve students.
  • Developed and led passage of California Senate Bill 638 (2006), a comprehensive measure that created effective and equitable implementation provisions for Proposition 49, California’s landmark measure that provided $550 million for expanded learning programs. SB 638 ensured that Prop 49 dollars were focused on the state’s low-income communities.
  • Successfully advocated for changes made by the California Department of Education (CDE) to raise the visibility and role of expanded learning programs including regulations, agency systems, and funding opportunities impacting educators, students, and their families.
  • Authored key federal policy recommendations on funding for expanded learning programs that were included in ESEA Reauthorization proposals and Congressional Appropriations bills.

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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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What is Expanded Learning Time?

We believe expanded learning opportunities support a variety of academically enriching, engaging, hands-on learning opportunities that complement, but differ from school day instruction – and that these services should be delivered jointly by non-profits and schools during the times after school, before school, and in the summer.

Click here to read our policy definition of Expanded Learning Time developed with the California Department of Education