State or Federally Funded Expanded Learning Programs


Expanded Learning is a term used for California programs that are funded by the state and federal government. These programs operate in title one schools (schools that have 40% or more of the schools population on free or reduced lunch) and have a minimum number of hours they must operate depending on the type of program (before school, after school, summer, intersession, etc.). These programs are exempt from the Title V regulations by statute. There are three types of publicly funded expanded learning programs: 

After School Education and Safety (ASES)

ASES is a state-funded program that is a result of the voter-approved Proposition 49. ASES programs run in elementary and middle schools throughout the state of California. All ASES funded programs must align with the core instructional day and have the following components:

  • Educational and literacy element (tutoring/ homework assistance)
  • Educational enrichment element (additional programs/ activities that reinforce what is learned in the core instructional day).
  • Provide a nutritious snack or meal that conforms to California State Education Code requirements.

 Learn more about Program Elements and Operational Requirements

21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC): Elementary/Middle & After School Safety and Enrichment for Teens (ASSETs)

This state-administered, federally funded program provides five-year grant funding for before school, after school, and supplemental (e.g. summer, intersession, and vacation) programs for students in grades K-12. This funding is the result of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. The 21st CCLC E/M program is specifically designated for students in Kindergarten through middle school while the 21st CCLC ASSETs program is specifically for high school students. Both programs focus on:

  • Improved academic achievement
  • Enrichment services that reinforce and complement the academic  program
  • Family literacy and related educational development services.

Learn more about Program Elements and Operational Requirements

Expanded Learning Opportunities Program (ELO-P)

The ELO-P was established by Gavin Newsom starting in the 21-22 FY as an additional state-funded program. Visit our ELO-P webpages to learn more about this program.