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The Children’s Initiative and the San Diego County Offi ce of Education (SDCOE) have a longstanding partnership in supporting high quality before and after school programs. In 1999, the Children’s Initiative and SDCOE made a groundbreaking pledge to collaborate on a countywide after school grant application to the California Department of Education on behalf of all eligible school districts within San Diego County.

Sandra McBrayer, Chief Executive Offi cer of the Children’s Initiative, with support from Dr. Rudy Castruita, then Superintendent of SDCOE, worked to bring together all interested school districts to form a regional San Diego After School Consortium. Collaborative discussions were also held with other signifi cant stakeholders in San Diego County: San Diego County Board of Supervisors, San Diego County School Boards Association, 9th District PTA, Region 18 Superintendents Council, San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency, the Probation Department, and the City of San Diego. Through this effort, the fi rst in the state of California regional After School Consortium was developed. The San Diego After School Consortium partners developed a collaborative philosophy and effective way of doing business that encouraged the school districts and partners to share resources and best practices, eliminate duplication of efforts, and work collectively to maximize resources for after school programs in San Diego County.

The approach used by the San Diego After School Consortium is a unique model for the development, management, and sustainability of before and after school programming and in the building of cross system partnerships. The size and scope of the San Diego Consortium has tremendous impact on policy and program development at the local, state, and national level. Currently, 29 local school districts serving K–12 students are part of the San Diego After School Consortium. This annual report represents only the K–8 after school programs within 27 school districts, 10 charter schoolsand more than 314 programs— all receiving support from the Children’s Initiative and the SDCOE.

• Provide youth with safe and enriching learning environments before and after school

• Provide outcome-driven academic assistance

• Create youth development and enrichment programming that fosters student resiliency and improves neighborhood safety

San Diego After School Consortium Partner Districts & Charter Schools

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San Diego

After School Consortium

Funding History

With quality programs and dedicated advocacy, the San Diego After School Consortium has successfully secured federal, state, and local funding for local school

districts for more than 17 years. ASES: After School Education and Safety — funded by the CA Department of Education 21st CCLC: 21st Century Community Learning Centers —

funded by US Department of Education Critical Hours: funded by the County of San Diego

Bonsall Union Borrego Springs Unifi ed

Cajon Valley Union Carlsbad Unifi ed Chula Vista Elementary

Encinitas Union Escondido Union Fallbrook Union Elementary

Julian Union Elementary Lakeside Union

La Mesa — Spring Valley Lemon Grove Mountain Empire Unifi ed

National Oceanside Unifi ed

Poway Unifi ed Ramona Unifi ed San Diego County Offi ce of Education (Monarch School)

San Diego Unifi ed

San Marcos Unifi ed Santee Elementary

San Ysidro South Bay Union Sweetwater Union High

Vallecitos Union Valley Center-Pauma Unifi ed

Vista Unifi ed Warner Unifi ed

America’s Finest Charter School City Heights Preparatory Charter

EJE Charter (Elem/Mid) Gompers Preparatory Academy Harriet Tubman Village Charter

Hope Region Community Keiller Leadership Academy

The O’Farrell Charter Pacifi c American Academy San Diego Global Vision Academies


The Children’s Initiative is a San Diego based nonprofit child advocacy agency. The Children’s Initiative is dedicated to assisting children and families thrive by providing education, advocacy, cross-system collaboration, and training to schools, community organizations, government agencies, elected officials, businesses, and parents.

The San Diego County Office of Education provides a variety of services for the 42 school districts and five community college districts in the county. The services provided by the County Office to school districts range from district and school improvement to budget approval and monitoring.

The San Diego County Office of Education’s Administrative Support Center (ASC) is California’s second largest direct funded ASES program grantee. The ASC supports San Diego County districts with grant management, attendance reporting, fiscal management, and program evaluation. Funding from the districts’ 2% San Diego After School Consortium fee has been used to augment training and provide technical assistance. The After School Division of California Department of Education has placed a strong emphasis on fiscal management; grant management, program quality and compliance for all ASES grantees. Specifically, this includes ASES program attendance and fiscal accountability. As a result, this has become the top priority of the ASC. The goal of the ASC during FY 2013–14 was to proactively provide training and site visits to ensure full compliance with California Education Code, the State Audit Guide, and Federal Program Monitoring (FPM).

In the effort to meet all ASES program and audit requirements, the ASC provided the following trainings and events:

• City Span Web-based Attendance & Fiscal Management System Training — Trained staff on use of application for participant data, attendance, & grant goal progress tracking.

• ASES 101 Training — Provided site level information on grant & attendance requirements, as well as best practices for programs. • Alignment 101 Training — Provided strategies on aligning the after school program with the regular school day.

• ASES Data Management & Reporting Training — Prepared districts & site staff for CDE state mandated evaluation reports.

• Focus on Literacy in After School — Provided support to after school program sites by providing supplemental curriculum in core academic content areas through educational nonfiction books.

• Federal Program Monitoring (FPM) — Trained and prepared district staff for successful FPM review.

The ASC hosted 19 trainings and events, attended by over 400 after school practitioners who represented 26 San Diego County School Districts and 12 independent charter schools. After school program site visits are another key component of the technical assistance provided by the ASC. During FY 2013–14, the ASC team conducted 79 site visits to support ASES programs in the areas of FPM, grant requirements, program quality and audit compliance. During the 2013–14 school year, the Children’s Initiative provided technical assistance, trainings, program support, and resources to 27 school districts, 10 charter schools and more than 314 After School Education and Safety (ASES) program sites.

The Children’s Initiative conducted more than 40 site visits to before and after school programs, providing onsite guidance and support to improve program quality and share best practice approaches. The Children’s Initiative coordinated a one-day professional development conference, Touching Minds, Shaping Futures, attended by more than 800 before and after school staff from around the county. The Children’s Initiative also hosted 43 before and after school-specific professional development trainings for more than 500 program staff to advance high-quality program practices. In spring 2014, the Children’s Initiative coordinated and hosted a summer learning conference that was attended by more than 80 summer learning program staff. Throughout the year, the Initiative continued to build unique partnerships with local businesses and corporations, cultural and sporting organizations, and other key stakeholders in San Diego County to secure an array of resources for before and after school programs. The Children’s Initiative secured and distributed materials and resources valued at more than $175,908 for local after school programs.

The Children’s Initiative works with representatives from the San Diego County School Boards Association, ACSA Region 18 Superintendents Council, San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency, 9th District PTA, San Diego Police Chiefs Association, San Diego County Probation, and the Offices of Supervisors Greg Cox and Ron Roberts as well as other state officials. It is these relationships which provide a foundation for the sharing of resources and working collaboratively in the development of supportive programs, policies, and legislation for before and after school programs. The cooperative efforts of the Children’s Initiative result in a shared responsibility for the promotion and growth of before and after school programming.


The San Diego County After School Consortium in partnership with Hoffman Clark + Associates conducts an annual evaluation of program outcomes and program quality perception of stakeholders. Throughout Hoffman Clark’s 10 + year history of evaluating San Diego ASES after school programs evidence has shown that students attending the ASES programs in San Diego improved their academic performance and exceeded California student rates of achievement. Students who are engaged in after school programs on a consistent and frequent basis also improve their regular school day attendance. A statistically significant finding is that the more students consistently attend their after school programs, the less they were chronically absent in the regular school day.1

After school programs in California were legislatively required to report the California Standardized Test (CST) scores in English and Mathematics for all students enrolled in before and after school programs. In 2013, Assembly Bill 484 was signed into legislation, which established a new California state-wide assessment system. Assembly Bill 484 suspended Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) assessments for the 2013–14 school year and alternative outcome measures are being utilized for program evaluations until data elements are determined.2 The evaluation of 2013–14 data included the

annual Perception Survey of positive academic gains and program quality.

1 Chronic Absence: In California, chronic absence is typically defined as being absent (excused or unexcused) for at least 10% of the school year.

Thus, in a 180-day school-year, a student who misses 18 days of school is chronically absent.

2 California Department of Education 2014

After School Evaluation Results 2014: Quality Counts

For previous reports and survey details visit our website



JA BizTown is the name of Junior Achievement’s experiential-based financial literacy program for elementary school students. Fifth grade students at La Mesa-Spring Valley School Services (ESS) program have had the opportunity to participate in BizTown since 2009.

Students are taught 13 lessons over a period of five months. The students learn about supply and demand, how to draft a business plan, take out a loan from the bank, balance a checkbook, and apply for a job. Almost 1,000 ESS students have benefitted from this unique hands-on program.

The exciting culminating experience is a daylong visit to the Junior Achievement BizTown 5,000 square foot facility in Mission Valley where the students run a mini-San Diego, complete with a bank, businesses, City Hall, snack shop, professional offices, radio station, TV station and a community charity.

There are 21 different businesses “employing” 155 students at a time in JA BizTown. During the special day, students in JA Biztown get paid twice as they serve as both consumers and as producers. They become doctors, business managers, real-estate agents, meter readers, philanthropists and accountants. In other words, they have an up-close and personal opportunity to explore the free enterprise system and to enhance their personal economic literacy.

For everything students purchase in JA BizTown, with the exception of the fast food restaurant and the JA BizTown newspaper, they must write a check and keep their check register balanced. In addition to managing their own income, each business takes out a loan to start their business. The students must figure out how to pay back this loan and make a small profit in their business. La Mesa-Spring Valley ESS was the first before and after school group to tackle the challenge of bringing together several hundred students and staff from many different after school sites to make concrete connections between what they are doing within the simulation and what actually happens in the real world. This is an incredible feat that takes patience, communication, coordination, teamwork, dedication, and will, but ESS staff members will tell you that it is one of the greatest highlights of their program year after year.

JA BizTown

La Mesa-Spring Valley School District

LM/SV students working as Bank Tellers for US Bank. Future contractors working to build bright futures.

LM/SV students visit BizTown.


Focus on Literacy

in After School Project

Vista Unified School District

Students at the Maryland Elementary After School Education and Safety Program (ASES) in the Vista Unified School District spent five weeks creating an escapade filled comic book tale, “The Adventures of Tamale Dude.” Students worked collaboratively to develop the comic book including story development, character features, narrative structure, problem/solution, storyboards, and creating illustrations. This incredible experience allowed after school students to develop a comic book for their fellow students to read and enjoy.

This amazing student designed story is a comic tale of Tamale Dude, Dr. Zombie and his Muchachos Leches, and a super fuego hot sauce. The students developed a comic book story focused on Tamale Dude, who sold the best tamales in all of Mexico. The story describes how people lined up for days to purchase his tamales. The story’s villain is Dr. Zombie, a mad scientist who plans to steal all the tamales with the help of his army group, the Muchachos Leches. Tamale Dude creates a super fuego hot sauce to defeat the tamale stealing Muchachos Leches. Tamale Dude’s ingenuity allows him to defeat Dr. Zombie’s evil plan for now, but Dr. Zombie manages to escape leaving readers waiting for a second edition to the comic adventure!

Instructional Assistant, Vincent Vargas, facilitated the group of enthusiastic students. He said, “I feel like building imagination with students often gets put on the back burner. I wanted to spark new ideas and expand the creative process.” Students took ownership of the project from the very beginning and were engaged in every step of the process. Prior to starting the writing process, the students voted on the title and theme. Once the title and theme were decided, each character in the story underwent a meticulous development process where students paid close attention to every detail from appearance to voice to attitude. The storyboard process supported students in pre-visualizing the sequence of the story and became a guide for dialogue between the students. Each student’s unique drawing styles brought imagination and creativity to the story of “Tamale Dude.”

This comic book project demonstrated the incredible effort made by students at Maryland Elementary School’s after school program as a majority of the ASES students have been identified as English Language Learners and have not yet acquired grade level literacy skills. This collaborative and hands-on project gave students the opportunity to develop skills in writing, spelling, punctuation, vocabulary development and storytelling while embracing students’ cultural background, primary language and creativity.

Cover of Comic Book created by students at Maryland ASES program in Vista Unified SD.

Vista students working diligently on their writing skiils.


Science Link —

Expanding Skills & Knowledge with Science, Technology,

Engineering & Math (STEM) in After School

XTRA Weekly for After School Programs is a web-based, literacy enrichment program designed specifically for after school programs. XTRA Weekly provides weekly, engaging, non-fiction articles from the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post, as well as step-by-step teacher lessons that meet the California Common Core Standards for English

Language Arts. During the 2013–14 school year, ASES before and after school programs accessed 148 XTRA Weekly subscriptions within 15 After School Consortium school districts and three charter schools.

The weekly, interactive literacy lessons support students’ language and literacy development and support reading, writing and critical thinking across the curriculum. All XTRA Weekly lessons include a news article, instruction guide, critical thinking questions, answer key and extension activities for grades 3–5 (Level I) and grades 6–8 (Level II). The instruction and pacing guide offer suggestions and modifications for staff working with students with special needs and English Language Learners.

Students, parents, teachers and after school staff all rave about XTRA Weekly for After School Programs. Students report that they are learning about current events while improving reading and thinking skills and teachers are stating that XTRA Weekly supports their core day lessons.

To be prepared and successful in our ever expanding technological world, students need advanced skills and knowledge in the fields of science, math, and engineering. Created by the Children’s Initiative, Science Link is an innovative STEM enrichment program that engages after school students in active methods of discovery, creativity and experimentation. Science Link provides students with opportunities for increased positive peer interaction through the use of group projects and provides a more in-depth and hands-on learning envirhands-onment for the sciences. Science Link also “links” science professionals, science-related businesses, and science teachers to students in after school programs, providing intellectually stimulating math and science experiments, research projects, field trips and guest speakers.

Using multi-sensory approaches of learning — including visual, auditory and hands-on activities — promotes learning science through active discovery. After school students participate in projects and experiments relating to DNA decoding, dissection, forensics, fusion, marine biology and jet propulsion. In addition to weekly STEM exploration lessons, Science Link sites receive on-site educational workshops from science partners such as the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, San Diego Air and Space Museum and the Birch Aquarium.

A fire is extinguished. Students are ready for a

science lesson.

Oceanside students creating their own fire extinguishers.

Students at Spring Valley Middle School are reviewing their XTRA Weekly lesson.

During the 2013–14 school year, Science Link was implemented in after school programs at five local school districts: San Diego Unified SD, Sweetwater Union High SD, Mountain Empire Unified SD, Oceanside Unified SD, Lemon Grove SD and Ramona Unified SD.




TMSF XXVIII attendees in the “Science For The Non-Scientific” workshop experimented with multiple science activities.

In the TMSF XXVIII “Travel with Style” workshop, attendees are learning how to create their own one-of-a-kind ResMed bag which they can then teach their students.

Before and after school program staff learned the rules of Ultimate Frisbee on the field at TMSF XXVIII.

Touching Minds, Shaping Futures – TMSF XXVIII Conference

It was full steam ahead with enthusiasm and purpose at Touching Minds, Shaping Futures XXVIII (TMSF). More than 800 before and after school staff, representing 20 Consortium school districts attended the one day conference. TMSF is a free, annual staff development conference for before and after school line staff, site supervisors, coordinators, teachers and administrators throughout San Diego County. TMSF has become a popular professional learning opportunity for new and veteran elementary, middle and high school staff providing a range of engaging, relevant and practical information in academics, enrichment, health/fitness/nutrition, youth development, behavior management, program management, and prevention and awareness. Before and after school staff select workshops which will broaden their professional knowledge, help them develop different skill sets and inspire them to effectively achieve their program goals.

TMSF presenters introduce and share information in an interactive, intentional manner utilizing a hands-on and engaging training style. All workshop information can be easily implemented in a before and after school program, allowing staff to be more confident in their own abilities and be more effective in their work with students. Throughout the day, TMSF attendees are able to exchange new programming ideas, increase their professional knowledge, seek solutions for common challenges with their peers, expand their learning about promising practices and acquire additional instructional practices.

Before and after school program staff, as well as summer and other out-of-school time staff become energized at TMSF and are more invested in meeting the needs of their students. TMSF is based on a shared purpose of improving student learning outcomes and helping students achieve high standards of learning.

Building Quality Summer Learning Programs

In 2013–14, the David & Lucille Packard Foundation funded a grant to support and improve summer program quality technical assistance in San Diego County for districts receiving After School Education and Safety (ASES) supplemental funding for summer learning programs.

The Children’s Initiative (CI) and the San Diego County Office of Education/Region 9 Technical Assistance Center (RTAC) implemented the Improving Summer Enrichment project to: increase use of supplemental funding within the region; increase the number of quality summer learning programs; increase skills and knowledge among front line staff working in the summer learning programs; and increase awareness on summer learning loss among district representatives, program staff and other stakeholders. The CI coordinated and hosted Make A Splash! Summer Learning Conference held April 4, 2014, which was open to all ASES supplemental funded sites and school districts in San Diego County. The interactive workshops were presented by experienced and knowledgeable technical assistance (TA) providers from the TA Network that was formed by the CI and RTAC. The conference was attended by more than 80 Out of School Time staff members from various districts in San Diego County. The CI also coordinated eight professional development trainings to districts providing summer programs. Participating San Diego County districts included: South Bay Union, Poway Unified, Santee, Escondido Union, and San Diego Unified School District.


Created by the Children’s Initiative, the Art Link Program promotes and supports arts education in before and after school programs. The Children’s Initiative recruits local artists, obtains art supplies and facilitates opportunities for student artwork to be exhibited and showcased in communities and local businesses. Art Link assists with enriching before and after school programs with new and creative art experiences for students allowing them new ways to express themselves! Connecting local artists with an after school program and giving them an opportunity to share their passion, expertise and ideas with students and staff, broadens art activities in programs, builds community connections and increases students’ confidence.

With arts and cultural education continuing to diminish during the core day, implementing arts education in before and after school programs can support a well-rounded education, with both academic and social values. Art education and experiences in before and after school programs can increase alignment with the core day through several significant areas that are all part of creating art and benefit student achievement: reading and language skills, math skills, critical thinking, social skills, and motivation to learn and try new things.

During the 2013–14 school year, Art Link Program sites included: America’s Finest Charter; In Chula Vista Unified — Lexington Elementary, Naranca Elementary, WD Hall Elementary, and Ira Harbison Elementary. In Escondido Union — Rose Elementary. In Lakeside Union — Lindo Park Elementary. Monarch School. In Mountain Empire Unified — Descanso Elementary. In Oceanside Unified — Foussat Elementary, Libby Elementary and Laurel Elementary. In Poway Unified — Mesa Verde Middle. In San Diego Unified — Balboa Elementary, Chesterton Elementary, Clay Elementary, Joyner Elementary and Wagenheim Middle. In Sweetwater Union — National City Middle and Granger Middle. O’Farrell Charter School; In Vista Unified — Maryland Elementary.

The Children’s Initiative, in partnership with the International Children’s Art Exchange Program (ICAE), invites after school program students to participate in the exchange of artwork with fellow students from around the world. This program offers after school program students an opportunity to connect with students from Europe, Canada, Mexico, South America and Africa through diverse artwork. Participating students create a drawing or painting they would like to send and share with other students from different countries that include timeless images of nature, family, peace and unity. The artwork can depict the uniqueness and at the same time the similarities among students from all around the world regardless of language or borders.

Through participation in an ICAE program, students are able to

learn about different cultures, discover the various interests of students outside of the United States, as well as allow for interesting discussions about world geography and history. Many students choose to continue contact with their new friends by becoming penpals. For more than eight years, the Children’s Initiative has collaborated with the ICAE program to enrich before and after school programs.

During the 2013–14 school year, before and after school program students from Buena Vista ES (Carlsbad Unified SD), Farr ES (Escondido Union SD), Juniper ES (Escondido Union SD), North Broadway ES (Escondido Union SD), Rock Springs ES (Escondido Union SD), Avondale ES (La Mesa-Spring Valley SD), Conway ES (La Mesa-Spring Valley ES), Highlands ES (La Mesa-Spring Valley SD), La Mesa Dale ES (La Mesa-Spring Valley SD), La Presa MS (La Mesa-Spring Valley ES), Spring Valley ES (La Mesa-Spring Valley SD) , Spring Valley MS (La Mesa-Spring Valley SD), Lemon Grove Academy (Lemon Grove SD), Monterey Heights ES (Lemon Grove SD),Vista La Mesa Academy (Lemon Grove SD), Fletcher ES (SDUSD), Wangenheim MS (SDUSD), Bayside ES (South Bay Union SD), Imperial Beach Charter School (South Bay Union SD), National City MS (SUHSD), Joli Ann ES (Vista Unified SD) and Monte Vista ES (Vista Unified SD).

Art Link Program

International Children’s Art Exchange

Oil pastel drawing created by a 12 year old Italian girl. A colorful collage of student art is thoughtfully displayed at Lindo Park ES,

Lakeside Union SD.


Expanding Horizons

After School Students Getting Out and About In San Diego

Tickets, tickets, and more tickets! After school students and their families attended events they have never attended before across San Diego County through the generosity of local businesses, colleges, sports franchises, museums and the performing arts community. The Children’s Initiative secured and distributed more than 2,900 tickets to before and after school programs for students and their families within 24 After School Consortium school districts.

During the 2013–14 school year the Children’s Initiative continued to build and strengthen partnerships with local college sports teams, theater groups, dance organizations, and pro and semi-pro sports teams. Students were thrilled to attend so many different types of events and performances that they have never had the opportunity to attend before. Experiencing live theater, action packed sports and educational museums opened their eyes and minds to new possibilities. Students and many of their family members attended performances such as: Annie the Musical, The Little Mermaid, Willie Wonka, Rainmaker, Guys and Dolls, Shrek the Musical, Theatre on Wheels — Peter Pan, Pocahontas, The Nutcracker, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Sound of Music, Plays by Young Writers, James & the Giant Peach, as well as San Diego State University Athletics, San Diego Sockers, and the San Diego Padres. We want to say a special thank you to the San Diego Padres, San Diego State University Athletics, Old Globe Theatre, San Diego Jr. Theatre, STAR Repertory Theatre, J Company Youth Theatre, San Diego Academy of Ballet, San Diego Civic Youth Ballet, City Ballet, California Ballet, Christian Community Theatre, Circus Vargas, Museum of Photographic Arts, Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum, and the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center for caring about San Diego’s before and after

school students.

Thank You ResMed

Bags for Students and Programs

Once again, ResMed showed their support for San Diego before and after school programs by donating thousands of bags for students and programs. The Children’s Initiative has continued to strengthen our ResMed partnership by picking up and distributing more than 1,730 ResMed bags in the 2013–14 school year. Programs and students use the bags in many creative ways. The bags are very versatile and are used for: first aid kits, student book bags, laptop and tablet bags, after school resource bags, gym bags and for beautiful student art projects. Students and program providers request bags throughout the year and are always brainstorming new ways to use the bags!

Students showing off their winning prize, tickets to the San Diego Jr. Theatre.

After school program students enjoying a San Diego Padres game.

Lakeside SD students showing off their decorated ResMed bags.

After school student gets creative decorating his ResMed bag.



San Diego County Superintendent

of Schools and Board of Education:

Lights On Afterschool

Lights On Afterschool was launched in October 2000 with after school program celebrations in 1,200 communities nationwide. Today, more than 7,500 Lights On Afterschool rallies are held annually to promote and advocate for after school programming, attracting 1 million Americans and media coverage nationwide. On October 17, 2013, after school programs throughout San Diego County welcomed parents, educators, students, and community stakeholders to celebrate the value of after school programs in their community! The San Diego County Board of Education signed a resolution honoring October 17, 2013, as Lights On Afterschool Day. The resolution recognizes after school programs as critically important in:

• Engaging students in meaningful, active, and collaborative learning opportunities that support mastery

• Providing safe, challenging, relevant, and dynamic learning experiences to help students develop social, emotional, physical, and academic skills

• Supporting families by ensuring their children are safe and productive after the regular school day ends • Building stronger schools and communities by engaging families, schools, and community partners

San Diego County Board of Education members and Extended Learning staff presented resolutions to two San Diego County ASES after school programs. Dr. Randolph E. Ward, San Diego County Superintendent of Schools, presented a resolution to Gompers Preparatory Academy, a UCSD partnership school. A resolution was also presented by staff to Mesa Verde Middle School in the Poway Unified School District.

After School Education

and Safety Program

Site Visit with Assemblywoman

Shirley N. Weber’s Office

On June 10, 2014, the Children’s Initiative hosted LaShae Collins, District Director from the office of Assemblywoman Shirley N. Weber, to a state funded ASES program. Ms. Collins visited Lemon Grove Academy in the Lemon Grove School District. The students and staff were excited to show off their engaging enrichment program and took Ms. Collins on a tour which highlighted their academic achievement hour, cheer performance and outdoor recreation activities. Ms. Collins was able to see how the after school program supports students, the core school day and parents.

She heard how students engaged in the program increased their academic performance, decreased behavior problems and increased regular school day attendance. The visit highlighted the extraordinary variety of activities offered in after school including academic assistance and tutoring support, enrichment activities, physical fitness and recreation, and arts and music — all within a safe and nurturing environment for students.

Students at Gompers Preparatory showcase their chess skills during Lights On Afterschool.

Students from Lemon Grove Academy welcome LaShae Collins for a special site visit.


Actor’s Conservatory Theatre Antique Gas and Steam Engine

Museum Aquarium of the Pacifi c

ARCO Arizona Tile Athleta Iron Girl Event Bandar Persian Steakhouse

Barnes and Noble Big 5 Sporting Goods

Build It! Cabana Tan Cameron Fitness Classes

Carl’s Jr. Chipotle Christian Youth Theater

ChuckAlek Brewery Church’s ATA Martial Arts

Circus Vargas City Ballet Club Pilates Copley Family YMCA

Coronado Pilates Cox Communications Curves Cygnet Theatre D Bar Digiplex Dollar Store Einstein’s Feld Entertainment Fiddleheads Fiesta de Reyes Finest City Improv

Five Guys

Freddi Pakier Health Coach Free Flight Exotic Birds

Gourmet Blends Gourmet Gift Baskets Greenfi eld Paper Company Grupo Tapation de Oceanside

Habitat for Humanity Habit Burger Grill Hennessey’s Tavern

Hera Hub Holistic Nutrition Indian Joe Brewing

J Company KLUTCH Club Lazy Dog Café Maeya Culture Exchange


Melanie’s Cleaning Service Moonlight Stage Production Museum of Photographic Arts

New Village Arts Theatre Nothing Bundt Cakes Oceanside Boat Rentals

Pacifi c Arts Paper Tales

Payless Playwrights Project Poway Center for the

Performing Arts Rady Children’s Hospital

Redstar ResMed Rovia

Reuben H. Fleet Science Center Rusty Wallace Racing Co.

Sabuki Sushi San Diego Academy of Ballet

San Diego Botanic Gardens San Diego Civic Youth Ballet San Diego International Kid’s

Film Festival San Diego Junior Theatre

San Diego Padres San Diego Sockers San Diego State Athletics San Diego Union Tribune Save our Heritage Organisation

Seeds of Change See’s Candy Senor Grubby’s Southern Seed Exchange

Spectrum Sports Authority

Stampin’ Up Staples

Starbucks Star Repertory Theatre

Stars on Ice Suzie’s Farm

Target Tervis

The American Comedy Co. Theatre on Wheels

The Bookman The Dailey Method The French Gourmet

The Old Globe The Paintball Park The Rappin Mathematician

Therapeutics The Trails Eatery

Urban Plates USD Athletic Department Vavi Sport and Social Club


Visionary School of the Performing Arts

Wendy’s Wheel Fun Rentals

Who Dunnit? Wine and Canvas Your Baby Can Read

4438 Ingraham Street San Diego, CA 92109


California Department of Education

San Diego City College St. Germaine Children’s Charity

Extended Learning Programs 6401 Linda Vista Rd., San Diego, CA 92111


Corporate and Business Partners





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