AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS

The Program COMPONENTS
The 21st Century Community Learning Centers, ASES, and ASSETS programs provide a safe place for students to go after school, as well as opportunities for education and enrichment.† The three components of the programs include:

  1. Academic Tutorial Program:† Students study subjects such as Reading, Math, Writing, Science, Social Studies, and Computers.† In addition, high school ASSETS Programs focus on college preparation and job readiness.
  2. Recreational Program:† Students participate in physical activities including Intramural Sports, Structured Physical Activity, Dance, and Aerobics.
  3. Enrichment Program:† Students participate in classes such as Life Skills, Art, Cooking, and Music.

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Did you know that in San Francisco:

  • Over 8,000 students attend SFUSD ExCEL after school programs?
  • SFUSD ExCEL after school programs are in 91 schools?
  • Community Based Organizations partnering with SFUSD ExCEL after school programs contribute $3,134,805 worth of in-kind services and $1,783,026 in funding?
  • 81% of elementary students and 80% of middle school students attending SFUSD ExCEL after school programs felt that adults, including after school staff and teachers cared about them?†
  • 67% of after school elementary students and 75% of middle school students reported being better students as a result of their participation in after school programs (2004-2005 SFUSD Program Evaluation and Research Department Final Evaluation Report of the After School Education and Safety Program, Ingrid Roberson, Evaluator)?

Increased Academic Achievement
ExCEL Programs are making a difference!†

  • After School Program results in improved scores on the CST and CAT-6 for middle school students in mathematics. On the California Standards Test in Math, there is an eight percent increase in the number of students meeting state standards.† On the California Achievement Test in Math, there is statistically significant growth for middle school students as compared to non-significant growth for Non-ASE students.
  • Also for middle school students in terms of grade point average, while overall middle school GPAs declined by .04 points, students who attend the after school program for 90 days or more show an increase in their GPA at statistically significant levels.
  • At the elementary level, on the California Standards Test, for those elementary students that attend after school program, there is a nine percent increase in the number of students meeting state standards in English Language Arts and a seven percent increase in Mathematics.*

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    Excerpted from the 2004-2005 SFUSD Program Evaluation and Research Department Final Evaluation Report of the After School Education and Safety Program, Ingrid Roberson, Evaluator.

WHAT A DIFFERENCE AFTER SCHOOL MAKES!
Thereís no question that todayís youth need safe, stimulating places to go after school.†

  • More than 28 million school-age children have parents who work outside of the home during after school hours (US Department of Labor, 2003).
  • Of the 28 million school-age children, 14.3 million are left to look after themselves when the school day ends. (America After 3 PM, May 2004) †Thatís more than the populations of Switzerland, Jamaica, and Puerto Rico combined!† Imagine 3 nations worth of children left to their own devices for 3 hours or more everyday during the school week.†
  • Child care averages between $4,000-$6,000 dollars per year. For a low-income family this expense may consume 35% or more of their annual income. (National Catholic Reporter, 2003)
  • Research shows that the peak hours for juvenile crime, sexual activity, experimentation with drugs, alcohol and cigarettes peak between the hours of 3p.m. to 6p.m. (Fight Crime:† Invest in Kids, 2002)

After school programs make a difference!

  • Teens who participate in after school programs are three times LESS likely to skip classes than teens who do participate.† They are also three times LESS likely to use drugs, consume alcohol, smoke cigarettes and engage in sexual activity.† (YMCA of the USA, March 2001)
  • Parents reported that their childís after school program helped them balance work and family life (Policy Studies Associates, Inc. February 2001):
  • 60% said they missed less work than before because of the program.
  • 59% said that it supported them in keeping their jobs.
  • Students in a statewide program in California improved their standardized test scores (SAT 9) in reading and math by percentages almost twice that of other students and also had better attendance. (University of California, Irvine, May 2001)

 

In a nutshell, thatís why we love after school!

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PROGRAMS

21st Century Community Learning Centers
In 1997, Student Support Services Department received its first funding for After School Programs through the Federal 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant.†

After School Learning and Safe Neighborhoods Program
The After School Learning and Safe Neighborhoods Program (ASESP) was initiated by the Legislature in 1998 (SB 1756), which provides funds to establish local after school education and enrichment programs.† The program was then modified in 2002 and changed its name to After School Education and Safety Program (ASESP).†

ASSETS Ė 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC)
In 2004, SFUSD received funding for high school after school programming through 21st CCLC Teen ASSETS.

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