The After School Education and Safety (ASES) Program is the result of the 2002 voter-approved initiative, Proposition 49. This proposition amended California Education Code (EC) 8482 to expand and rename the former Before and After School Learning and Safe Neighborhood Partnerships Program. The ASES Program funds the establishment of local after school education and enrichment programs. These programs are created through partnerships between schools and local community resources to provide literacy, academic enrichment and safe constructive alternatives for students in kindergarten through ninth grade (K-9). Funding is designed to: (1) maintain existing before and after school program funding; and (2) provide eligibility to all elementary and middle schools that submit quality applications throughout California. The current funding level for the ASES program is $550 million.
Purpose and Objectives
The ASES program provides an opportunity
to merge school reform strategies with community resources. The goal is
to support local efforts to improve assistance to students and broaden
the base of support for education in a safe, constructive environment.
It is the intent of ASES program legislation to encourage schools and
school districts to provide safe and educationally enriching
alternatives for children and youth during non-school hours. The program
creates incentives for establishing locally driven before and after
school education and enrichment programs.
The ASES program
involves collaboration among parents, youth, representatives from
schools and governmental agencies, such as local law enforcement and
local parks and recreation departments, and individuals from
community-based organizations and the private sector. Programs are
created through partnerships between schools and local community
resources to provide literacy, academic enrichment, and safe,
constructive alternatives for students in grades K-9.
ASES program must be aligned with, and not be a repeat of, the content
of regular school day and other extended learning opportunities. A safe
physical and emotional environment, as well as opportunities for
relationship building, must be provided. After school programs must
consist of the two elements below and ASES program leaders work closely
with school site principals and staff to integrate both elements with
the school's curriculum, instruction, and learning support activities.
educational and literacy element must provide tutoring and/or homework
assistance designed to help students meet state standards in one or more
of the following core academic subjects: reading/language arts,
mathematics, history and social studies, or science. A broad range of
activities may be implemented based on local student needs and
The educational enrichment element must offer an
array of additional services, programs, and activities that reinforce
and complement the school’s academic program. Educational enrichment may
include but is not limited to, positive youth development strategies,
recreation and prevention activities. Such activities might involve the
visual and performing arts, music, physical activity, health/nutrition
promotion, and general recreation; career awareness and work preparation
activities; community service-learning; and other youth development
activities based on student needs and interests. Enrichment activities
may be designed to enhance the core curriculum.