Students become better connected to their school communities by building relationships with other students with similar interests and identifying their unique contributions to the school culture.
When students have a fun and interesting Expanded Learning program to become involved in, they are less likely to become involved in activities that lead to a host of negative outcomes.

Students have benefited from hands-on and engaging experiences that help make them better prepared for their future college or career.

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.