California Policy


California Policy
State Policy Information and Advocacy Resources

California’s State Legislature constructs legislation that directly shapes policies impacting children, youth and families. It sets priorities for how we will invest our resources to achieve those outcomes. The following section contains information to specific legislation that impacts after-school programs. Visit for more information on bills.

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Budget Signed: $50 Million for After School!
Because of You!

The state budget signed by Governor Newsom yesterday includes additional funding for state after school programs because of YOU. Thank you for raising your voice to help children succeed in school and support working parents who depend on publicly funded after school programs for quality child care.

The funding in the budget provides temporary relief to keep after school programs open this year, but it falls short of what programs need to provide high-quality service in future years. 

CAN Important Updates

Final Days to Save After School
Keep up the Fight!

Where are we now?

Promising news: Both the Assembly and Senate recommend significantly increased funding for after school programs. Your efforts have been seen and our collective voice has been heard. The Senate proposes a $100 million increase from Proposition 98 funding, and the Assembly proposes an $80.5 million increase from Proposition 64 funding. The Assembly and Senate will need to reach a compromise in the Budget Conference Committee and negotiations with Leadership and the Governor.


CA3 & Save After School


The California Afterschool Advocacy Alliance (CA3) is an alliance of after school providers and advocacy organizations that:

  • Promote legislative and administrative policies, both state and federal, that enhance the quality and accessibility of publicly-funded expanded learning (after school and summer) programs in California’s most underserved communities, and
  • Build public and policymaker awareness about the essential value and role of expanded learning programs to support student success.



General Policy Resources

California Legislative Information

Visit LegInfo to find CA State Senate and Assembly bills, past and current. View CA law, locate CA State Legislators, and view legislative publications.

California State Assembly

Visit the CA Assembly website to view current legislation, assembly rosters, find your district, and comment on bills.

California State Senate

Visit the CA Senate website to connect to Senators, Legislation, and committees. Locate your district and access the CA legislative portal.

Information on the Current Budget Bill

The Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) provides detailed information and analysis of the state budget throughout the legislative process. Publications include economic and revenue forecasts for California, a detailed review of the Governor’s Budget, a summary of the budget adopted by the Legislature, and an in-depth description of the budget bill as enacted and related legislation.

The California Department of Finance offers information on the current Governor’s budget, as well as budget information from past years.


Legislative Analyst Releases Cal Facts 2018

With a state as big and complex as California, the Legislative Analyst Office has published CAL Facts 2018 as a visual guide to assist with showcasing information about the state regarding topics such as public health, state/county finances, housing, and population. This edition includes twelve pages of California facts on our state’s education including national rankings, demographics, and other essential information on K-12 and higher education throughout Ca


May after school program funding be used for activities on the weekend?

CDE has issued a Frequently Asked Question clarifying the circumstances when weekend activities are permitted for federal 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) and High School ASSETS grants

Question: May after school program funding be used for activities on the weekend?

Answer: Neither state nor federal code prohibits the expenditure of after school funds on weekends.  However, several important considerations must be taken into account when planning a weekend activity:


Network Policy Update – August 25, 2010
Budget Conference Committee proposes placing Proposition 49 back on the ballot

On August 4, 2010, the Budget Conference Committee voted 9-0 to support a stand-alone budget trailer bill that would place an initiative on the ballot to eliminate the Proposition 49 (ASES) funding guarantee. Such an initiative would result in the Legislature determining the annual level of ASES funding through the annual budget process. In order to reach the voters, the budget trailer bill must first be passed by the Legislature and signed into law by the Governor. In 2008, the Governor vetoed a similar bill. The Legislature is expected to vote on this budget trailer bill as early as this week.

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CA Governors May Budget Revisions
May 2008

The Governor recently released the May revision of the proposed California budget. There was no update regarding After School Education and Safety (ASES) funds in this budget revision. However, it is assumed that the Governor is still actively pursuing an opportunity to put a proposal to the voters to cut $59.6 million, or roughly 10% of ASES funding. At this time no ballot initiatives have been introduced. The last day for a legislative measure to qualify for the November ballot is June 26, 2008. 


Governor Schwarzenegger Proposes Major Cuts to Youth Programs in May Revise

On Friday May 14, the Governor released the May Revision of the proposed 2010/2011 proposed budget. In this proposed budget, the Governor proposed eliminating all of nearly $1.2 billion in state subsidized child care funding (This proposal would not impact part-time preschool programs or ASES). The proposed budget would also eliminate the CalWORKS job training, education, as well as child care and employment services.


Inform Policy Makers About the Importance of After School Programs

Many new policy makers joined the ranks of the California Legislature following the recent elections. There are ten new members of the CA State Senate, and 28 new members of the CA State Assembly. New legislators serving their first term in the legislature filled 29 of those 38 openings. Legislators serving their first term are bolded below.


Prop. 49 Protected in 2010-2011 State Budget

Current Status
On October 8, 2010, the Legislature finally approved a state budget for 2010-2011. Although the Budget Conference Committee has passed a stand-alone budget trailer bill that would have, if passed by both houses and signed by the Governor, placed Prop. 49 back on the ballot, no such trailer bill was brought to the floor of either the Assembly or Senate for a vote.


Proposition 49: The After School Education and Safety (ASES) Program

In November of 2002, California Voters passed proposition 49, the After School Education and Safety, or ASES program which mandated that $550 million dollars each year be made available for Kindergarten through 9th grade after-school programs. These funds would be released only after the state achieved a financial trigger making the release of these funds feasible. These funds began being released in 2006/07 and are administered through the California Department of Education (CDE).


State 2011-2012 Budget maintains Prop. 49 funding, but eliminates most child care subsidies for ages 11 and 12

On March 24, 2011, the Governor signed into law budget trailer bill SB 70 which includes significant cuts to the state child care system, including the elimination of child care subsidies for most 11- and 12-year-olds (other than those served in nontraditional hours) and giving otherwise eligible 11- and 12-year olds priority for ASES and 21st Century Community Learning Centers programs (see specific language below).


AB 364 (Torlakson):
Teacher Pipeline

Status: Passed Education Committee, placed in Appropriations suspense file, and was not moved to the Assembly Floor due to perceived cost pressure
AB 364 (Torlakson): Teacher Pipeline Bill would open up the existing Paraprofessional Teacher Training Program (PTTP) to after-school workers who are currently not eligible for the program because they aren’t employed by a school district. This bill would enable more after-school workers to be supported through a teacher-training program and be placed in teaching positions.


AB 434 (Block)
Would allow programs to budget Site Directors as direct service employees

Current Status: Signed into law by the Governor, and chaptered on September 24, 2010

This bill, which was amended to remove a separate provision reducing the ASES match requirement, passed the Senate Appropriations Committee on an 11-0 vote on August 12, 2010, passed the full Senate on a 34-0 vote on August 23, 2010, and passed the Assembly on a 75-1 vote on August 24, 2010. It was signed into law by the Governor on September 23, 2010.


AB 983 (Skinner):
Weekend Activities for ASES and 21st CCLC Grantees

Status: Assembly – Passed Assembly Education Committee, Appropriations Committee, and Assembly floor. The Bill was moved to the Senate where it It moves to the Senate where it passed the Senate Education Committee. Next Steps – the bill was placed in the suspense file by the Senate Appropriations Committee due to perceived cost pressure and did not move to the Senate Floor.


AB 1312 (Smyth) would expand the public recreation program exemption from child care licensing

AB 1312 (Smyth) would expand the public recreation program exemption from child care licensing. Currently public recreation programs are exempt from licensing provided they operate 12 weeks or less over a one-year period and less than 16 (or 12 for some programs) hours per week. The bill would authorize exempt programs to operate 14 weeks or less over a one-year period and less than 20 hours per week. It is scheduled to be heard in the Assembly Human Services Committee on April 26, 2011.