ELO Program Updates

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Updated ELO-P FAQs Are Here!

CA Dept. of Education logoThe California Department of Education, Expanded Learning Division, is excited to share that the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for the Expanded Learning Opportunities Program have been updated. This section has been updated to reflect the guidance of Assembly Bill 185 and address several pertinent program concerns.


California’s Governor Proposed Budget for 2023-24

Governor Newsom's budget proposal slide which says $4 Billion ongoing funding for before and after school and summer school.

Every January the California budget process is kicked into high gear when the Governor announces his proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year. The budget for 2023-24 was announced on Tuesday, January 10. This budget includes high-level details for proposed spending with additional details to be sorted out in the coming months.


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.” 


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:


Early Release and Late Arrival Guidance Revised
December 17, 2021

CA Department of Education LogoThe Policy Committee of the Expanded Learning Division has revised the guidance for the Late Arrival and Early Release policy as required in the California Education Code (EC). The previous guidance was more restrictive than the EC supported. The revised guidance is now aligned with the EC and includes Frequently Asked Questions and Promising Practices. 


California After School Program Quality Self-Assessment Tool
Released in 2009

This version of the California Afterschool Program Quality Self-Assessment Tool (QSA) and User’s Guide was released in 2009.  Programs can use this tool to self-assess their program and make plans for program improvement.  The tool focuses on big-picture program design elements and important considerations at the point of service.  

Please note that an updated version called the Quality Assessment Tool (QAT) will be released soon. See the post below for details. 

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Fireside Chats on the ELO-P

The California AfterSchool Network hosts interviews with Michael Funk, Division Director for the California Department of Education Expanded Learning Division, to better help the field navigate the current state of Expanded Learning, including what guidance means for your programs. These chats include policy updates as well as interviews with partners elevating current topics and promising practices.

In this post we have identified Fireside Chats that are relevant specifically to the Expanded Learning Opportunities Program, or ELO-P.