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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.

Legislation

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.

 

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Other Focus Areas

PCY regularly supports state legislation focused on:

  • Increasing the awareness and quality of summer learning programs
    • We bring together superintendents, school board leaders, principals, policy makers, business leaders, child advocates, parents and students to join the growing Summer Matters movement to ensure every child has access to summer learning opportunities that support year-round learning and well-being.
  • Fostering the growth and sustainability of community schools

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Find resources and research around Expanded Learning, Community Schools and Policy & Advocacy including briefs, data sheets, funding guides, training tools and links to other partners in the field.

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