In January 2014, the release of the strategic plan, A Vision for Expanded Learning in California, formally kicked off plan implementation. High priority objectives were identified for each of the initiatives and a collaborative process was defined to meet these objectives. In most instances collaborative groups made up of California Department of Education, Expanded Learning Division (EXLD) staff and field members were formed to tackle one, two, or three key objectives. Most of these groups began their work in late summer to early fall of 2014. Detailed information regarding implementation activity is broken out in this update by initiative and group.
In other instances, key objectives were identified early on in the planning process. Work on these objectives began during the planning process instead of after the final release of the strategic plan. This work helped lay the foundation for the implementation work of other objectives after January 2014.
Implementation of this plan is expected to take place over the course of three years (2014-2016). As such, it should be noted that some goals and objectives have not been addressed yet or only minimal work has taken place so far. The plan is reviewed on a continual basis to inform the on-going implementation work. It is anticipated that an in depth review of the plan and implementation work will occur in early 2017 to determine additional next steps including the possibility of a revised or new strategic process/plan.
A Brief Timeline of Implementation Activities
January 2014: Release of the Strategic Plan: A Vision for Expanded Learning in California.
Winter – Spring 2014: Strategic plan shared broadly with the field. Includes presentations to the Before and After School Advisory Committee (April 10) and at BOOST 2014 (April 29-May 2).
Spring – Summer 2014: High priority objectives identified for each initiative. Leads from ASD and the field identified to oversee the work of these high priority initiatives.
Summer – Winter 2014: Recruitment and formation of teams/workgroups.
Fall 2014 – Present: Initial and ongoing team/workgroup meetings (in person and conference calls).
SB 1221 Impact
On September 16, 2014, Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 1221 (Hancock) into law. This new law amends sections of the California Education Code (EC) related to Expanded Learning programs. Major components of SB 1221 include:
- Supporting high quality year-round expanded learning programs;
- Updated reporting requirements and improved use of data to impact program quality;
- Providing new minimum funding for ASES programs; and
- Providing additional transportation funding for ASES programs located in extreme rural areas.