Contact Your System of Support for Expanded Learning

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The regional system of support for California is called the System of Support for Expanded Learning (SSEL). The SSEL consists of California Department of Education Expanded Learning Division (CDE EXLD) staff, designated County Leads/Staff and contracted Technical Assistance (TA) Providers. Additionally, as part of the regional teams, the sixteen county office of educations (COEs) are funded to build the capacity of expanded learning programs (EXLPs) through peer network systems and other activities in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math to promote quality programming. 

The CDE currently provides TA funding through sixteen COE’s throughout 11 regions designated by the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA). The TA has been defined as ongoing, needs-driven support services to create effective and quality EXLPs. The TA includes coaching, training, resource brokering, mentoring, consultation, and facilitation.

The COEs receive funding to be part of a regional team to provide field-based TA to EXLPs that receive federal funding for 21st Century Community Learning Centers sites and/or state funding for After School Education and Safety sites in their counties. This TA structure, a result of California Education Code Section 8483.55 and Title 20 United States Code Section 7172(c)(3), was developed to support needs-driven technical assistance and to create a regional system of support.

Regional Lead Offices Provide:


  • Quality Program Characteristics (K-12)
  • After-school Program Requirements
  • Complimentary Funding Sources
  • Local, Regional and Statewide Resources Available


  • Identifying and Supporting:
  • Long-term Fiscal Program Sustainability
  • Program Evaluation
  • Research-Based Practices for Quality Programs
  • Identifying and Disseminating Research-Based and Standards-Aligned Curriculum and Materials
  • Coaching and Mentoring in School Environments
  • Developing and Maintaining Regional Peer Support Networks

    Trainings & Support

  • Conducting Individual Program Site Visits
  • Assisting Programs to Identify Technical Assistance Needs and Issues
  • Training Targeted to Specific Program Needs
  • Providing/ Organizing Professional Development Opportunities
  • Training for After-School Staff in Research-Based and Standards
  • Aligned Program Planning and Implementation Strategies

In addition to serving the field directly, Regional Lead Offices offer facilitation, communication, and outreach to after-school programs. Regional efforts are focused on building effective and sustainable programs that meet the needs of children and young people in California.

Connect with your System of Support

System of Support Expanded Learning Regional Support Teams in the CDE Expanded Learning Division

ASAPConnect Website

Promoting collaboration. Advancing excellence. ASAPconnect links out-of-school-time programs and assistance providers so you can partner more effectively, expand capabilities and improve program quality.

Additional Resources about Expanded Learning Programs in California

California Afterschool Advocacy Alliance                                  

  • Information on bills specifically pertaining to after school and education
  • E-Newsletters with updates and resources
  • After School Programs Facts Sheets
  • A program search tool

 California Department of Education                             

  • Child Development Program Overview
  • Contractor Information
  • Resources

California School Age Consortium (Cal-SAC)

  • Information on the National Afterschool Association
  • Events
  • Trainings