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Afterschool Progress Report and Consumer Guide: California

How California is Helping to Keep the Lights on After School


Much More Work to Be Done

More Effort Necessary Despite Some Progress

Making Progress Yet Considerable Work Still to Be Done

Despite Unmet Need, Showing Great Progress

Leading State for Afterschool with Room to Grow

Methodological Note:

The 2011 State-by-State Progress Reports and Consumer Guides are sponsored by jcpenney. Scores for the Progress Reports were devised using a range of factors falling under three major categories: Growth in Afterschool Participation, Developments in State Afterschool Policy and Funding and Advance-ments in State Afterschool Leadership.Read more.

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Afterschool Alliance

Afterschool in California

Even amid the turmoil of severe budget cuts, California still stands as one of the premiere states for afterschool programs in the nation. California is a leader in afterschool participation (19 percent), average hours per week spent in afterschool programs (9.29) and lowest self-care percentage (24 percent), and has made great progress since 2004. In the coming years, California's afterschool advocates will continue to push for sustained resources in order to mantain the state's leading edge and ensure that quality programs that keep kids safe and inspire them to learn are available throughout the state.

Growth in Afterschool Participation

For more on afterschool availability in California check out California After 3PM.




Percentage of Kids in Afterschool Programs



Percentage of Kids in Self Care



Percentage of Parents Extremely/Somewhat Satisfied with Afterschool Program



Percentage of Kids Who Would Participate if an Afterschool Program were Available



Percentage of Kids in Summer Learning Programs



Based on the FY2011 funding level and an average per student cost of $1000, 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) can serve 134,124 students in California. However, that is only a small fraction of the 2,643,607 kids in California who are eligible to participate in a 21st CCLC program, if more funding were available.

Developments in State Afterschool Policy and Funding

For an explanation of specific policy activities in California check out "State Policy and Funding" on the Afterschool in California webpage.

  • State Offices Administering 21st Century Community Learning Center and Child Care Development Fund Federal Grants
  • Current Law that Directly Supports Afterschool Programs
  • State Level Councils, Studies, Pilots or Legislative Activity Intended to Advance Afterschool
  • Current State Funding for Afterschool Programming
  • An Initiative Promoting Quality Afterschool Programming

"Research provides ample evidence of the positive impact of good afterschool programs. Children who regularly attend have better grades and behavior in school, lower incidences of drug use, violence and pregnancy, and are less likely to be either the perpetrators or victims of crime."

- Barbara Boxer, U.S. Senate

Advancements in Afterschool Leadership

To see more partners leading the fight for afterschool in California check out Afterschool for All.

  • Governor Proclamation Supporting Lights On Afterschool in 2010
  • Statewide Afterschool Network
  • Governor's/State Agency Taskforce
  • A Member of the U.S. House of Representatives in the House Afterschool Caucus
  • A Member of the U.S. Senate in the Senate Afterschool Caucus

Afterschool Champions

  • Carla Sanger, President & CEO, LA's BEST After School Enrichment Program
  • Randy Barth, CEO, THINK Together
  • Former Mayor Gavin Newsom, Lt. Governor
  • Sandra McBrayer, The Children's Initiative

State Network

California Afterschool Network
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616

Afterschool Caucus Member(s):

Rep. Dennis Cardoza

Rep. Susan Davis

Rep. Bob Filner

Rep. Barbara Lee

Rep. Zoe Lofgren

Rep. Doris Matsui

Rep. Adam Schiff

Rep. Henry Waxman

Sen. Barbara Boxer

Sen. Dianne Feinstein

Consumer Guide: California

For many adults in America, thinking about the hours after the school day ends conjures up memories of doing homework, playing pick-up basketball, taking guitar or dance lessons or going home to Mom and a snack. But for millions of children today, those images are nothing like their reality. In fact, each day in America, more than 15 million children—some as young as 5 years old—are without supervision at home or on the streets.

The Afterschool Alliance has a host of resources that can help ensure that your child can enjoy the safe environment and proven academic and social gains that afterschool programs can afford.

What You Can Do to Support Afterschool in Your State:

Donate: The store's pennies from heaven campaign allows jcpenney shoppers to roundup their purchases to the nearest whole dollar, donating the difference to support afterschool efforts. In 2010, $645,537 was donated through jcpenney’s pennies from heaven campaign in California.

Join the Afterschool Alliance's Lights On Afterschool celebration. More than 963 programs in California participated in Lights On Afterschool in 2011. Check out Lights On Afterschool to find out how to become involved and see which programs are participating in your area.

Sign On: Currently, 752 people in California have signed the Afterschool Alliance petition to preserve funding for afterschool programs. Join them to promote afterschool for all.

Write to your Members of Congress and tell them why afterschool is a crucial resource to the children in your community.