Region VII After School Programs

About ASP Grants

Beginning in 1997, the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program was previously administered by the U.S. Department of Education. The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 was signed into law in January 2002, authorizing the California Department of Education (CDE) to administer California's 21st CCLC Program. Education Code sections 8484.7-8484.9 further define California's 21st CCLC Program. This state-administered, federally funded program provides five-year grant funding to establish or expand before and after school programs that provide disadvantaged K-12 students (particularly students who attend schools in need of improvement) with academic enrichment opportunities and supportive services to help the students meet state and local standards in core content areas.

Entities eligible to apply for funding include local educational agencies, cities, counties, community-based organizations and other public or private entities that may include faith-based organizations or a consortium of two or more such agencies, organizations or entities. Consistent with federal statute, awards are restricted to those applicants that proposed to serve students who attend schools eligible for Title I Schoolwide Programs. Competitive priority is given to schools that included a partnership between a local education agency receiving Title I funds and another public or private entity.

The After School Education and Safety Program is the result of the 2002 voter approved initiative, Proposition 49. This proposition amended California Education Code 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 grades. 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.

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