LOOKING FOR A safe place for your students to receive homework assistance, interact with other students and learn new and exciting things? The After School Program (ASP) is a program full of educational activities, homework help, and a place where your student can receive a nutritional snack. Our mission is to provide a safe, healthy environment with caring, responsible adults and engaging activities that will connect your child to his or her school, family, and community. MUSD has an After School program at every elementary, middle, comprehensive high school, and at Mountain Vista Continuation High School. There are close to 3,000 students attending ASP every day. We do have 4 school sites, which are running a fee-based program: Adams, Howard, Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson. The remainder of the school sites are grant funded. For more information, you can visit the department tab for the Office of the Area Assistant Superintendent on the the school district’s website.
According to the California Department of Education After School Network (CAN), “the term Expanded Learning refers to after school, summer and intersession learning programs, that focus on developing the academic, social, emotional, physical needs, and interests of students through hands-on, engaging learning experiences. Expanded Learning programs should be student-centered, results-driven, include community partners, and complement but not replicate learning activities in the regular school day/year.
California’s Expanded Learning Infrastructure
- After School Education and Safety (ASES) – State Funded
- Serves Elementary & Middle School Students
- 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) – Federally Funded
- Serves ALL grade levels, Elementary, Middle, & High Schools
- High School – After School Safety & Enrichment for Teens (ASSETS)
- Equitable Access
- Supplemental Funds
The Quality Standards are a central component of the cycle of quality improvement. All state and federally-funded expanded learning programs in California engage in a data-driven program quality improvement process. The Quality Standards are a set of 12 standards used to describe high levels of “Quality” of a program at the programmatic, staff, and participant levels. The quality standards are not intended to serve as a compliance tool, but as a framework and guide of clear expectations, and a shared vision of quality among multiple stakeholders.
The Quality Standards are:
- Safe and supportive environment
- Active and engaged learning
- Skill building
- Youth voice and leadership
- Healthy choices and behaviors
- Diversity, access and equity
- Quality staff
- Clear vision, mission, and purpose
- Collaborative partnerships
- Continuous quality improvement
- Program management