Out-of-School Time in California


How to Start an Out-of-School Time Program

The California AfterSchool Network’s mission is to provide the resources and support needed by the OST field and its partners across sectors to build high-quality OST programs that improve the lives of California’s most vulnerable children, youth, families, and communities.

This short guide (below) is intended to be a brief overview of public and private out-of-school time opportunities in California. 


Child Care Programs in California

California (The California Department of Education Early Learning and Care Division) administers and funds a variety of subsidized child care programs designed to serve low-income students. These programs are funded through CalWORKs stages 2 and 3, family child care, general child care, migrant care, migrant alternative payment, severely handicapped, and alternative payment programs. Thousands of additional school-age children are served through CalWORKs Stage 1 Child Care, administered by the California Department of Social Services through County Welfare Departments. Learn more about Child Care funding in California. 


Summer Learning in California

Summer learning programs have the potential to help youth improve their academic, social and behavioral  outcomes, and provide unique opportunities for students to gain skills and master academic content. This is especially true for children from low-income families who might not have access to educational resources throughout the summer months.