After School Education and Safety (ASES) Program

What is After School Education and Safety (ASES) Program?

The Clovis Unified School District (CUSD) After School Education and Safety (ASES) Program is the result of the 2002 voter-approved initiative, Proposition 49. This proposition amended California Education Code (EC) sections 8482–8482.55 to expand and rename the former Before and After School Learning and Safe Neighborhood Partnerships Program. The ASES Program funds the establishment of local after school education and enrichment programs. These programs are created through partnerships between schools and communities to provide literacy support, academic enrichment, and safe, constructive alternatives for students in kindergarten through grade nine (K–9). Funding is designed to provide eligibility to all elementary and middle schools throughout California that submit applications to establish before and after school programs meeting the requirements defined in the EC.

 

Although, CUSD originally started with seven ASES Programs through Proposition 49. The ASES Program has expanded to all CUSD Title I Elementary Schools. The additional elementary school sites are funded through CUSD Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). Sierra Vista and Pinedale are funded through Fresno County Superintendent of Schools.

 

ASES is offered after school every day that school is in session. CUSD ASES sites include: 

«Clovis Elementary School                                     «Cole Elementary School

«Fancher Creek Elementary School                       «Jefferson Elementary School

«Lincoln Elementary School                                     «Mickey Cox Elementary School

«Miramonte Elementary School                            «Mountain View Elementary School

«Nelson Elementary School                                    «Pinedale Elementary School                    

«Sierra Vista Elementary School                            «Tarpey Elementary School                       

«Temperance-Kutner Elementary School              «Weldon Elementary School


Purpose and Objectives

The intent of the ASES Program is to provide safe and educationally enriching alternatives for children and youth during non-school hours. The ASES Program is created through partnerships between schools and local community resources to provide literacy, academic enrichment, and safe, constructive alternatives for students in grades K-6. One of the goal of the program is to support local efforts to improve assistance to students and broaden the base of support for education in a safe, constructive environment. The ASES Program provides students with academic and enrichment activities, and keep children safely off the streets. The program also provides a wide variety of benefits to participating students including: improved school attendance, English fluency, academic success, crime prevention, and social-emotional skill development.

 

Program Elements

The ASES program must be aligned with, and not be a repeat of, the content of regular school day and other extended learning opportunities. A safe physical and emotional environment, as well as opportunities for relationship building, must be provided. After school programs must consist of the two elements below and ASES program leaders work closely with school site principals and staff to integrate both elements with the school's curriculum, instruction, and learning support activities.

1. An educational and literacy element must provide tutoring and/or homework assistance designed to help students meet state standards in one or more of the following core academic subjects: reading/language arts, mathematics, history and social studies, or science. A broad range of activities may be implemented based on local student needs and interests. 

2. The educational enrichment element must offer an array of additional services, programs, and activities that reinforce and complement the school’s academic program. Educational enrichment may include but is not limited to, positive youth development strategies, recreation and prevention activities. Such activities might involve the visual and performing arts, music, physical activity, health/nutrition promotion, and general recreation; career awareness and work preparation activities; community service-learning; and other youth development activities based on student needs and interests.  Enrichment activities may be designed to enhance the core curriculum.

 

Program Structure

The program offers homework assistance, snacks, enrichment activities and recreational opportunities in a safe environment for students.  ASES Program activities are based on the elements provided above.  The daily schedule includes a snack based on state nutritional guidelines.  ASES program structure at each school site may vary depending on the need of the school community. 

 

Registration & Attendance

To comply with State and Federal grant requirements the ASES Program will commences immediately upon the conclusion of the regular school day and operates a minimum of 15 hours per week and at least until 6:00 PM on every regular school day. We pride ourselves in creating a safe, engaging, positive setting for our students. To get the most out of their time in the program, students need to attend each day and stay for the entire program. Staff and students alike are negatively impacted by early departures. In order for all students to get the most out of the academic support, enrichment classes, leadership activities and other program offerings. Early release should be kept to a minimum.

 

Student participation in the program is at no charge to the family. Priority registration goes to Free & Reduce Students, Foster Youth, and Homeless. However, there are other target groups and criteria that may vary depending on the need of the school site and their community.  *Please check with your school site for registration details.

 

For further information, please call CUSD Department of Supplemental Services at 559-327-9559. Or visit our website at: https://www.cusd.com/supplementalservices/ases-program/