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 After School Programs Grant Awarded to SDCOE

Regular participation in high-quality after school programs is linked to gains in student achievement, increased regular-day attendance, a reduction in behavior problems and increased graduation rates.

The San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) has been awarded more than $41 million to support the implementation of 21st Century After School Safety and Enrichment for Teens (ASSETs) programs. The ASSETs grant focuses on academic assistance, enrichment, and family literacy and educational services intended to increase positive outcomes for high school students during after school hours. The grant is from the California Department of Education and will be disbursed over a five-year period.

"Keeping kids engaged in learning and safe after school is a win-win for everyone," said Dr. Randy Ward, county superintendent of schools. "This grant will enable after school programs to stay in place and benefits the parents, the community and most importantly, the kids"

Beginning this fall, 38 local high school campuses will have the ability to create site-specific programs that include tutoring, homework assistance, California High School Exit Exam and college and career prep courses, visual and performing arts, youth leadership, service learning, and physical activity. In addition, the grant will offer family literacy and educational services to support parents of students in the program.

SDCOE will partner with school districts and charter schools across the region for the implementation of the ASSETs grant. Districts and charter schools include Escondido Union High School District, Fallbrook Union High School District, Grossmont Union High School District, Mt. Empire Unified School District, Oceanside Unified School District, Ramona Unified School District, San Marcos Unified School District, Sweetwater Union High School District, Valley Center-Pauma Unified School District, Vista Unified School District, and Warner Springs Unified School District as well as Helix Charter, High Tech High Chula Vista, Iftin Preparatory, King-Chavez Community, and The O'Farrell Charter.