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YCUSD ASES Programs serve the needs of the students, school sites, and the local community by providing a safe and enriched expanded learning environment. The ASES Programs at each site offer a wide variety of relevant and engaging academic, enrichment, and recreational activities. YCUSD ASES Programs are advertised through the district website, as well as, emails, phone calls and texts to qualifying families. Students are enrolled based on need for the program. Site administrators, classroom teachers, expanded learning program coordinators work together to target the most “at-risk” students for priority enrollment. Students on the waiting lists are placed into the programs, as soon as, space allows. Grade 6-8 students are actively recruited to maintain attendance at these grade levels. The most effective methods to attract 6th-8th graders are advertising high-interest activities and working with regular day teachers and counselors to recruit target students.
Expanded learning program employees recognize the right of every child to feel happy, safe, and fulfilled within the program. YCUSD ASES Programs strive to meet the academic and emotional needs of all students including English learners, academically at-risk students, socioeconomically disadvantaged students, and students with disabilities, through structured, creative approaches that engage all students in the learning process.
Program attendance policies are in place at all sites and proper attendance is mandatory. Attendance is monitored daily by site coordinators, site administrators, and district-level administrators to ensure that proper attendance and sign-in/sign-out procedures are in place at every ASES site.
YCUSD’s Expanded learning programs serve students in grades K-8 at twelve district sites. Expanded learning program hours at all ASES sites are divided into four integrated components in order maximize time and effectiveness:
- Homework/Academic Intervention
- Enrichment Activities
- Recreation/Physical Activities
- Supper Snack
- Homework/Academic Intervention/Tutoring: This time of the expanded learning program day is a priority above all other activities. Homework Support classes offer quiet, safe environments for students to complete their homework in a timely manner. Appropriate time and support are provided at all sites to increase homework completion rates. As students complete their homework this time is also used for daily reading and other literacy activities. Some students attend parallel intervention sessions at this time. Research-based academic interventions in reading and math are provided by site certificated teaching staff to those students with deficits in reading and math. Every effort is made to ensure homework completion by these students when they return to the expanded learning program from their intervention classes.
- Enrichment Activities: After-school personnel focus on making connections to the regular school day curriculum, introducing students to new ideas, and developing the talents and interests of each student. Enrichment activities encourage exploration and learning in creative ways. The activities are based on students’ needs and interests. Activities include science, arts, crafts, music, career awareness, technology, and community service learning. Parent and student annual afterschool school program survey results are used to identify new enrichment activities that could be added at each site.
- Recreation/Physical Activities: Students learn and grow through play. Play provides students with an opportunity to learn while engaging in fun activities, discover themselves, and build social skills and recreational and physical activities. Most sites currently use SPARK and Skillastics curriculum for physical education activities. Parent and student annual expanded learning program survey results are also used to determine new recreation activities/sports that could be added at each site.
- Supper Snack: All students are offered a nutritious Supper Snack daily. An example of a supper snack for the day would be popcorn chicken, tater tots, fresh fruit and the option of milk, juice or water.
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