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)

March 2012: ASD Stakeholder Survey

April 2012: Initiation of ASD Strategic Planning process

Formation of the Design Team to develop a Statement of Strategic Direction including the ASD Vision, Purpose, Values, and Strategic Initiatives and Goals.

September 2012: Completion of the ASD Statement of Strategic Direction


January 2013: Formation of the ASD Implementation Team

To develop objectives, indicators of success, and activities for each goal.


January 2014: Release of the ASD Strategic Plan


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 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.