and Safety Program
Since its establishment in
1998, the San Diego After-School Regional Consortium has achieved
terrific success as an after-school collaboration in California.
Coordinated by The Children's Initiative and under the direction of the
Consortium, the After-School Education and Safety Program has received
a significant share of the State's after-school funding, opened more
sites than any other state grantee, and is now serving more than 41,000
- In 1998, The Children's Initiative convened the
San Diego After-School Regional Consortium as a groundbreaking
collaborative of stakeholders.
- The Children's Initiative worked in partnership
with legislative leaders to draft Assembly Bill 2284, which provided
$50 million for after school programs. The goals of the legislation are
an increase in school attendance, stronger academic performance,
improved behavior, and enhanced neighborhood safety.
- In 1999, The San Diego After-School Regional
Consortium was awarded the largest grant in the state - $5.6 million
annually - and opened more than 100 programs.
- In 2000, State expansion funds totaling $9.2
million allowed the San Diego After-School Regional Consortium to open
199 more program sites, adding to the 103 sites funded by the City of
San Diego (the "6 to 6" programs) and the 51 sites funded by the County
of San Diego ("Critical Hours"). A total of 353 sites (some having dual
funding streams) were in operation.
- 2002, Before/After-School Learning and Safe
Neighborhoods Partnership Programs changes name to After-School
Education and Safety Program due to new California State Legislation
Proposition 49 passing.
- 2004-2005, ASES sites earned $500,000 more than
the previous year significantly increasing the number of youth served.
- 2006-2007, the Consortium successfully secured more than $57 million for Before & After-School programs bringing the total amount of secured dollars to more than $243 million to date..
- 2007-2008 , the Consortium received more than $58
million in annual state funding.
- 27 school districts that receive State funding
include: Bonsall, Borrego Springs, Cajon Valley, Chula Vista, Encinitas,
Escondido, Fallbrook, Julian, Lakeside, La Mesa-Spring Valley, Lemon
Grove, Mountain Empire, National City, Oceanside, Poway, Ramona, San
Diego Unified, San Marcos, Santee, San Ysidro, South Bay, Sweetwater,
Vallecitos, Valley Center-Pauma, Vista, and Warner Springs.
- The State gives priority to communities with
the greatest need, thus all elementary sites served by State funding
are Title I schools (50% or more of enrolled students are eligible to
receive free or reduced-cost lunches).
- San Diego County serves a higher percentage of eligible schools than any other in the state.
- Provide youth with a safe and nurturing
environment until 6:00 p.m.
- Provide outcome-driven academic support.
- Create enrichment and recreation programs that
foster student resiliency and improve neighborhood safety.
- Created a Regional Training Plan, engaging over
1,000 participants in monthly program updates and quarterly training
- Played a leadership role in California's after
school movement, serving on the Statewide Governance Committee and
chairing both Staff Development and Promising Practices task teams.
- Hosted CALSAC's (California School Age
Consortium) first annual Middle School After-School Conference and
numerous legislative and model-program site visits.
- Built collaboration and consensus between school districts, community groups and policy leaders.
- To encourage and assist in the development of
strategies for program sustainability.
- To provide leadership in leveraging additional
funding, improving current programs, and expanding to additional sites.