The After School Education and Safety (ASES), 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC), and After School Safety and Enrichment for Teens (ASSETs) Programs are state and federally funded programs. Grants are administered by the California Department of Education and are intended to provide safe and educationally enriching alternatives for children and youth during non-school hours.
What are the Expanded Learning Programs?
The ASES, 21st CCLC, and ASSETs programs are Expanded Learning Programs designed to assist Elk Grove students and families after school and/or during the summer. This involves a partnership between home and school for the academic success of students and for the benefit of the entire family.
There are several components in the Expanded Learning Programs:
- Educational and Literacy Component that includes tutoring/ homework assistance in the core subjects (language arts, math, history/ social science, and science)
- Educational Enrichment Component that offers students engaging activities in a variety of areas which may include fine arts, physical activity, career technical education, prevention strategies, science and technology, etc.
- Nutritious snack or meals offered daily that meet requirements in CA Education Code Section 49430
Programs are designed to assist K through 12th grade students and their families by providing students with a place to study and learn after the school day while supporting family involvement with their student’s education. After school programs have been in operation since 2002 in Elk Grove, and the programs have become part of the District’s educational structure. ASES/21st CCLC/ASSETs Expanded Learning Programs are located at 17 elementary, 3 middle schools, and 3 high schools that serve high poverty neighborhoods.
Students in Kindergarten through 12th grades have the opportunity to attend at designated school sites. The EGUSD prioritizes enrollment for foster or homeless youth (identified students are accepted in to program regardless of waitlist status). Priority enrollment is given to students who are recommended by teachers or intervention staff as students who would benefit from inclusion in the Expanded Learning Program. After priority enrollment at the elementary level, other students in grades 1-6 are taken on a first-come-first-served basis with an initial enrollment meeting offered to all families in the spring for enrollment the following school year. Any remaining spots are then offered to kindergarteners. At the middle school level, priority enrollment is given to students who are able to attend on a daily basis. At the high school level, courses are offered based on student interest and any eligible students are invited to attend.
All elementary and middle school programs are taught and tutored by paraeducators at a student to staff ratio of 20:1. Additional support may be offered by credentialed teachers, bilingual teaching associates, retired teachers, future teachers from universities and high schools, parents, and community members. The high school programs are taught and tutored by credentialed teachers and paraeducators based on the needs and interests of students and do not have a minimum staffing ratio.
When Are Classes Held?
The ASES/21st CCLC Programs are open every day school is in session from the end of the regular school day until 6:00 p.m. Some sites offer additional opportunities during intersession and summer. Pre-registration for ASES/21st CCLC is required and parents/guardians are expected to attend an orientation explaining Expanded Learning Program guidelines. High school programs are offered before and after school on a daily basis with some additional opportunities on weekends or during the summer.
Expanded Learning Parent Advisory Meeting Schedule
Please contact Erin Sipes at (916) 686-7712 Ext. 67113 for dates/times.