Messages from the CDE


21st CCLC and ASSETs Informational Webinar

The Expanded Learning Division (EXLD) of the California Department of Education (CDE) is pleased to announce the release of two webinars to provide additional support and resource tools for applicants applying for 21st Century Elementary/Middle Schools and 21st Century ASSETs funding. Access the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st  CCLC) Elementary/Middle webinar here. Access the After School Safety and Enrichment for Teens (ASSETs) webinar here. A login or registration to view the webinar is not required. Closed captioning is available.


ASES Universal RFA Released

The Expanded Learning Division (EXLD) of the California Department of Education (CDE) is pleased to announce the release of the After School Education and Safety (ASES) Universal Program Request for Applications (RFA) for funding beginning in the 2018–19 state fiscal year. The ASES Universal RFA is for new program sites or for current grantees that wish to apply for increased funding amounts. The final filing date for the ASES Universal application is February 28, 2018, at 5:00 p.m.


Check out the Latest Quality Standards Video from CDE

The California Department of Education – Expanded Learning Division has released the fifth video in a series of videos highlighting the Quality Standards in Action. The purpose of these videos is to serve as a resource to support implementation of the Quality Standards for Expanded Learning in California. This video highlights programs who are implementing the Healthy Choices and Behaviors standard.

Check out the Healthy Choices and Behaviors Video

For more information and to see all the videos released go to

CAN Newsletter

Apply Now for Your 21st CCLC Grant

The Expanded Learning Division of the California Department of Education has released the Request for Applications (RFAs) for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) Program and After School Safety and Enrichment for Teens (ASSETs) Program for funding beginning in the 2018-19 state fiscal year.

You can find the RFAs for both programs here:


Annual Outcomes Reporting Due Date Extension for Grantees Affected by Fire
A message from the California Department of Education's Expanded Learning Division

Due to the wildfires burning throughout California, the Expanded Learning Division (EXLD) is extending its deadline for the Annual Outcome-Based Data Report to October 27, 2017, for grantees in the following counties: Alameda, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Fresno, Kern, Lake, Los Angeles, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Orange, Solano, Sonoma, Sutter, and Yuba.


Defining Equity Work Group Call for Applicants: Applications Available Now
A Message from the CDE

Building upon the work of the Grants Administration and Policy Strategic Implementation Team of the California Expanded Learning Strategic Planning Process and their vision to develop and implement a collaborative process for review and gather feedback on state (ASES) and federal (21st CCLC) equitable funding distribution processes, the Defining Equity Work Group will focus on defining equity in grant eligibility and award distribution for state ASES and federal 21st CCLC programs.


Policy Guide Committee Call for Applicants: Applications Available Now
A Message from the CDE

The Policy Guide Committee is being formed to develop, implement and maintain clear policies that support quality programs. Expanded Learning program policies will include the regulatory source and corresponding levels of program accountability.  The Policy Guide Committee will also develop and implement a timely and collaborative process for reviewing, revising, and notifying the field of new and existing policies.


California Expanded Learning Strategic Planning Website Launched
A Message From the CDE

The California Expanded Learning strategic planning process is a collaboration between after school program practitioners, support providers, the California Department of Education After School Division and K-12 educators. The website will serve as the hub for all the news and opportunities to get involved with the implementation of the strategic plan. Take a look around the website and please share with your colleagues and networks:


State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Unveils New Standards for High-Quality After School Programs
A Message from the CDE

SACRAMENTO—Far from being lost time, the hours after school and during summer can be opportunities for students to build on what they learn in the classroom, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said today as he released a new set of standards that define expectations for California’s high-quality expanded learning programs.


Legislative Change to After School Program Snack Requirement
A Message from the CDE

New legislation pertaining to the snack requirement for ASES, 21st CCLC, and ASSETs programs became effective January 1, 2014.  Attached is a handout explaining the change, comparing the new requirement with the prior requirement, and a list of suggested resources on meals and snacks served in after school programs.

For questions about the snack requirements or the option to serve a meal, please feel free to contact Cindy Schneider, Education Programs Consultant, After School Division by phone at 916-319-0601 or by email at .


CDE Afterschool Division Posts Guidance on Reporting Costs

Check out the California Department of Education’s updated website to access valuable funding information. After school program grant recipients and sub-contractors looking for assistance in managing administrative costs and how to effectively budget should go to the Direct Services and Administrative Costs Guidance page. Here, recipients will find information on how to properly spend and report all costs as well as detailed information about the “85 percent/15 percent” rule.


CDE’s After School Division Releases New Vision for After School and Summer Programs in California
Message from Michael Funk, Director of the After School Division at CDE

I am pleased to announce that the After School Division (ASD) has completed the first phase of the strategic planning process. The ASD began this strategic planning process back in February, involving both ASD staff and the field in new and innovative ways.  This included the formation of a core planning team and the “Design Team,” comprised of both staff and field representatives.  The initial result of this work is the attached Statement of Strategic Direction that describes the point towards which all subsequent planning and implementation work will be directed.