California Policy Updates

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New and Updated ELO-Program FAQs Posted!
May 10, 2022

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The California Department of Education, Expanded Learning Division, is proud to announce the release of new and updated Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)!

This email is a notification that the Expanded Learning Opportunities Program now has a total of 26 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). Some FAQs have been updated based on feedback from the field. Others are completely new and provide guidance on concepts such as “offer” and “provide access.” 

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Extension Provided for ASES, 21st CCLC, & ASSETS FY 2021-22 Grants
May 4, 2022

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Due of the delay in the release of the grant award notifications because of applying the rate increase from the California American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) funding, the California Department of Education (CDE), Expanded Learning Division (EXLD) extended the grant award notifications from a normal twelve month grant period to an eighteen month grant period ending on December 31, 2022. 

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CDE Update on Grant Reduction Suspension
January 21, 2022

CA Dept. of Education LogoThe Expanded Learning Division (EXLD) has received communications from the After School Education and Safety as well as 21st Century Community Learning Centers grantees across the state requesting the suspension of grant reductions for 2022 due to ongoing external circumstances. The EXLD has heard you and understands the challenges of COVID, workforce shortages, and the impact current circumstances are having on attendance resulting in the concern regarding future grant reductions.

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Governor’s Proposed Budget for 2022-23
January 12, 2022

Image of Gov. Gavin Newsom standing at a podium during a news conference.Governor’s Proposal Has Billions in Education & Other Child Investments

On Monday, January 10, California Governor Newsom released his proposed budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022-23.

With unprecedented funding available for CA’s budget, there are again significant increases in the K-12 budget and other budgets that support California’s children and families.

A few highlights specifically for Expanded Learning include:

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Take Action Today: Governor’s May Revise Budget
Sign On Letter Due Today by 1:00 PM

Take Action!

Budget decisions are moving quickly and that the Assembly and Senate Budget Subcommittees will be voting on education proposals on Tuesday, May 25.

The Governor’s budget proposal makes a historic commitment to grow afterschool and summer programs in the most under-resourced communities. However, action is needed to stabilize our existing expanded learning system with adequate daily rates, make sure we don’t leave out our middle and high school students, and ensure the engagement of community partners.

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AB86 Information & Resources

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The California Legislature provided $6.6 billion in the Assembly Bill 86 COVID-19 relief package, including $2 billion for In-Person Instruction (IPI) Grants and $4.6 billion for Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO) Grants. Governor Newsom signed AB 86 on March 5, 2021.

There is no application required to receive AB 86 funding. In May 2021, eligible entities will receive an apportionment that represents 50 percent of their allocation for both the IPI and ELO Grants. In August 2021, eligible entities will receive the remaining 50 percent of their allocation, less any reduction or forfeiture of IPI Grants described below.

Below are some key resources to learn more about the AB86 ELO Grants:

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SB 638 (Torlakson)

On 09/21/2006 Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed SB 638 releasing $550 million for the state’s After School Education and Safety (ASES) program. This new legislation allows for easier access to Proposition 49 funds and raises the daily per child rate from $5 to $7.50, raises grant caps, allows for direct grants instead of reimbursement system, and reduces the 50 percent grant match to 33.3 percent.

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AB 1685
Increases Before School Daily Rate and Expands Range of Providers

On June 28, 2007 Governor Schwarzenegger signed AB 1685 into law. The bill amended last year’s after-school bill SB638 by allowing current before school grant awards to be increased commensurate with the daily rate increases previously authorized by SB638 for ASES (After School and Education and Safety) funded programs. The bill also expands the range of providers that can report on program outcomes for ASES grantees by changing the word “after school teacher” to “after school staff.”

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SB 854 (Ashburn)
Raises reimbursement rates, establishes Advisory Committee on Before and After School

On 10/05/2005 Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed SB 854 which included language affecting the federally funded 21st Century Community Learning Center grant program. The bill increases the reimbursement rate from $5 per student per day to $7.50 and increases per-site caps and district grant levels. The changes guarantee programs the 15% of funding reserved for administrative costs, irrespective of student attendance.

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SB 1492 (McClintock)

Would require a budget surplus for ASES funds to be released

Status: Did not pass Senate Education Committee

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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.

Find out how to contact your state legislators

Find more detailed information regarding this budget trailer bill

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SB 429 (DeSaulnier) increases flexibility for after-school grantees with summer supplemental grants

On April 13, 2011, SB 429 passed the Senate Education Committee by a 7-1 vote. SB 429, as introduced, would increase flexibility for current after-school grantees with summer supplemental grants to operate extended days, by allowing grantees to run either a 3-hour program at $7.50 per child per day or a 6-hour program at $15 per child per day. It would also open summer programs to students throughout the district, and clarify that summer programs may operate at non-school sites in the community.

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SB 614 (Kehoe) would promote self-defense and safety awareness training in After School Education and Safety programs

On April 13, 2011, SB 614 passed the Senate Education Committee on an 8-1 vote. It was amended to eliminate the proposed funding priority for programs providing self-defense and safety awareness training. SB 614, as introduced, would specify that opportunities for physical activity in After School Education and Safety programs may include age- and gender-appropriate self-defense and safety awareness training, and would give applicants or programs operating such training priority for new or continued funding.

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SB 737 (Walters) would expand exemptions from child care licensing requirements for ASES and recreation programs

SB 737 passed the Senate Human Services Committee by a 7-0 vote, and was referred to the Committee on Governance and Finance with a recommendation that it be placed on the Consent calendar. It was amended to provide that, while it would exempt ASES programs operating up to 60 hours per week from licensing requirements, an individual child could only participate in such an exempt program for up to 30 hours per week.

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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.