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Expanded Learning After School & Summer Programs

What is Expanded Learning?

“Expanded learning means before school, after school, summer, or intersession learning programs that focus on developing the academic, social, emotional, and physical needs and interests of pupils through hands-on, engaging learning experiences. It is the intent of the Legislature that all Expanded Learning programs are pupil-centered, results-driven, include community partners, and complement, but do not replicate, learning activities in the regular school day and school year.”  - California Department of Education 

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Expanded Learning Afterschool Programs

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.
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 these grant-funded 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 visual and performing arts; physical activity; career technical education; prevention and intervention strategies; science, technology, engineering, and math; and more
  • 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 low income neighborhoods.

Who Participates?

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 into the 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 families are expected to attend an orientation explaining Expanded Learning Program guidelines. High school programs are drop-in programs offered before and after school on a daily basis with some additional opportunities on weekends or during the summer.

Expanded Learning Family Advisory Meeting Schedule

Please contact Michelle Wallner at (916) 686-7712 Ext. 67110 for dates/times.

Continuous Quality Improvement

Elk Grove Unified School District seeks to evaluate and improve the quality of after school programs by engaging in a Continuous Quality Improvement process based on the Quality Standards for Expanded Learning in California. Evaluation results and action plans are available for viewing upon request.

Expanded Learning Opportunities Program

The Expanded Learning Opportunities Program (ELO-P) will provide additional funding to support before and after school programs, extended summer offerings, and intersessional programs for students in grades TK-6.  The funding, authorized by AB 130, will enable the District to expand before and after school programs to all elementary sites over the next few years. 
Expanded Learning Opportunities Program (ELO-P) Plan
View the DRAFT (ELO-P) Plan
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Summer Learning Programs
When will Summer Learning Programs operate?
In-person Summer Learning Programs for elementary and middle school sites will be offered June 13-July 8, 2022 (July 4 will be observed as a holiday).  Length of day will be determined by the school site to meet the needs of the school community. Year-round elementary sites will not participate in Summer Learning Programs, but will have additional intersession opportunities available during off-track times.
Which students may attend Summer Learning Programs?
Students who will be in grades K-6 in the fall may attend Summer Learning Programs at elementary schools on a traditional or modified schedule.  Families of preK and transitional kindergarten students may contact their site for information about possible program offerings. Students who will be in grades 7-8 in the fall may attend Summer Learning Programs at the middle school with additional opportunities for incoming 7th grade students to participate in Jump Start prior to the start of the 2022-23 school year. Students who will be in grades 9-12 in the fall may attend Summer Learning Programs at the high school.
What will be offered at Elementary Schools?
Elementary programs will include a camp-like, engaging program for K-2 students with an emphasis on early literacy and developing reading skills. Upper elementary students will have camp-like offerings with themed activities such as Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA); Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM); Social Emotional Learning (SEL), and leadership. Regional programs with a focus on serving English Learners will have a teaching lab component, in which instructional coaches will team with teachers to support students using best practices to meet the needs of language learners. Please check with your student’s school for exact times of program offerings at your school.
What will be offered at Middle Schools?
Middle school programs will include camp-like, engaging programs with themes such as VAPA, STEM, sports/physical activity, leadership, and social emotional learning. There will be additional activities focused on students transitioning from elementary to middle school. Additionally, Jump Start will be offered the week before school begins to provide opportunities for incoming 7th grade students to acclimate to the middle school environment. Please check with your student’s school for exact dates and times of program offerings at your school.
What will be offered at High Schools?
High school programs will be offered June 6-July 8, 2022 and will include a centralized credit recovery and course acceleration model through independent study with optional in-person support available at all high schools. Additional program offerings will be held in-person on high school campuses and will include:
  1. credit recovery for PE;
  2. enrichment offerings;
  3. CTE courses;
  4. skill booster sessions;
  5. work experience; and
  6. high school transition offerings for incoming 9th grade students.
Please check with your student’s school for exact dates and times of program offerings at your school.