August 2011: A Blueprint for Great Schools

Superintendent Tom Torlakson’s Transition Advisory Team publishes its final report which includes a recommendation for CDE to increase focus on Expanded Learning.

Late 2011: Formation of the CDE After School Division (ASD)

The division receives a mandate for engaging in a participatory strategic planning process which actively engages the field as partner.

April 2012: Initiation of ASD Strategic Planning process

Formation of the Design Team, made up of ASD staff and field representatives, to support the design of the strategic planning process, review stakeholder input results (surveys, interviews), and review and edit strategic planning materials.

September 2012: Completion of the ASD Statement of Strategic Direction

Conclusion of the work of the Design Team culminating in the ASD Statement of Strategic Direction including the ASD Vision, Purpose, Values, and Strategic Initiatives and Goals.


January 2013: Formation of the ASD Strategic Implementation Teams

Strategic Implementation Teams, made up of a total of 80 individuals from the ASD and the field, met monthly for a year to develop objectives, indicators of success, and activities for the four Strategic Initiatives.


January 2014: Release of the California Expanded Learning Strategic Plan

The Strategic Implementation Teams work – both the high-level strategic road map they charted, as well as the specific implementation pathways they developed together, is summarized in: A Vision for Expanded Learning in California, Strategic Plan: 2014-2016


Expanding Student Success Campaign

Launched in January 2016, the Expanding Student Success Campaign is a statewide initiative designed to ensure that K-12 educators and leaders are exposed to the impact that Expanded Learning opportunities have on students and school communities.

The Expanding Student Success Campaign is an outgrowth of the California Expanded Learning Strategic Plan – A Vision for Expanded Learning in California. This campaign specifically came from the recommendations for the Expanded Learning/K-12 Integration initiative of the strategic plan.

The Expanding Student Success Campaign was made possible thanks to generous support from the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, The David & Lucile Packard Foundation, and Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation.


How Our Campaign Works

Alliance Building

Presentations & Outreach

Videos & Testimonials

Social Media & Web Presence

About California’s Expanded Learning Programs

Since 2007, roughly 4,500 schools in California have offered Expanded Learning opportunities.
25% of California students participate in before and after school, summer learning, and intercession programs (CA After 3, 2014).
California’s investment in Expanded Learning Opportunities is nearly $700 million per year when state and federal funding are combined, leading all over states combined.
Governor Brown signed SB1221 (Hancock) into law in 2014, which improves Expanded Learning programs’ impact on students by focusing on summer learning loss and strengthens program quality.

Indicators of Success

Elementary school students who participated for 3 or more years in LA’s BEST afterschool program were about 20% less likely to drop out of school than similar students who did not attend the program.
By the 8th grade, students who participated in LA’s BEST in elementary school years demonstrated gains in math, science, and history GPAs, as well as standardized test scores.
Participants in 86 Oakland Unified School District afterschool programs increased their school-day attendance by 35,343 days in 2010-11, earning the district close to $1 million in additional revenue.
A southern California high school increased its on-time graduation rate by 28% over 4 years attributed to Expanded Learning opportunities.