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 Policy & Advocacy Priorities:


Supporting high-quality and sustainable after school programs by increasing the ASES Daily Rate


After School Education and Safety (ASES) programs’ funding rate of $7.50 per student daily rate has not changed since 2006, despite a 19% increase in the California consumer price index and a 33% increase in the minimum wage. Without an increase to ASES funding, it is difficult to sustain quality afterschool programming.

As part of the California Afterschool Advocacy Alliance, PCY is proud to help lead the statewide effort to increase the ASES daily rate. In 2015 and 2016, PCY co-sponsored legislation to provide additional state funding for ASES programs with SB645 (Senator Loni Hancock) and AB2663 (Assemblymember Jim Cooper). Despite receiving strong support from the State Legislature and hundreds of advocates across the state, Governor Brown did not support our request for an additional $1 per student per day.

For more information on our ongoing efforts to save after school, please visit our campaign website and sign up for updates.

Increasing the awareness and quality of summer learning programs

Without high quality and engaging summer learning opportunities, children — especially those in low-income communities — fall dramatically behind in reading and math, and gain unhealthy weight from too much time indoors and poor nutrition. Summer learning loss accounts for 2/3 of the achievement gap between low and middle-income children.

Through the Summer Matters Campaign, we are working to expand access to high quality summer learning opportunities for all students in California. Our Summer Matters efforts include building public awareness about the importance of summer learning, advocating for increased resources at the state and local levels, and supporting local programs in building quality and impact for students.

Fostering the growth and sustainability of community schools

A community schools approach addresses the needs of the whole child by ensuring that students and their families are connected to essential supports. Through intentional collaboration between school districts, local government, and community partners, the community aligns and maximizes its resources behind student success.

The California Community Schools Network is an initiative of PCY, bringing together community members, educators, and policymakers to share information and work together to help community schools get started and enhance the impact of established community schools.

Establishing quality standards for expanded learning programs

The purpose of quality standards is to describe high levels of performance of an expanded learning program at the point of service and in program management.

PCY’s Katie Brackenridge, serves as co-chair for California AfterSchool Network’s Quality Committee which informs and advises CDE and the expanded learning field at large on issues affecting program quality. Phase I of the Quality Committee’s recommendations for Quality Standards for Expanded Learning Programs has been approved by CDE. Phase II, to describe the Standards in Action, is currently underway. These recommendations have been incorporated in CDE-sponsored legislation SB 1221 (2014).

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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