Afterschool Guide 2013 - 2014
by DCYF, Children's Council of San Francisco, SFkids.org and Wu Yee Children's Services
This guide provides details on afterschool programs in San Francisco serving students in K-12th grade. It includes program descriptions, costs, hours and contact information. You'll also find helpful hints on what an afterschool program should provide children based on their age and tips on how to evaluate a program you're considering. Read more.
What to Look For in an After-School Program
By Wendy Schwartz, Reading Rockets
Use this checklist to help you decide whether to enroll your children in an after-school program. It is best to visit programs when they are in operation so you can see firsthand what the staff is doing and whether the children seem happy.
• Does the staff consist of responsible and caring adults who really like children and who can provide support and guidance? Is supervision adequate?
• Is the program in a safe and clean environment? Is there enough space for activities and quiet time? Are the rest rooms adequate? Is the space decorated in an inviting way?
• Are nutritional snacks or meals provided?
San Francisco Expanded Learning Collaborative (formerly known as Afterschool for All)
The San Francisco Afterschool for All effort is excited to announce it has changed its name to the Expanded Learning Collaborative: Making the Most of K-12 Out of School Time Learning. This new name is reflective of the enhanced scope the Afterschool for All effort has tackled over the last few years. In 2005, Mayor Gavin Newsom and then Superintendent of Schools Gwen Chan made a pledge to support the creation of a citywide afterschool system that would address existing challenges and aim to provide “afterschool for all” elementary and middle school children. While the effort originally focused primarily on the afterschool needs of elementary and middle school youth citywide, now the effort also includes out of school time options for high school age youth and summer programming. The city, school district, parent and youth representatives, and other community partners have been working together to meet two main goals for k-12 youth, which are: increasing access to out of school time programs for all who want them and enhancing the quality of out of school time programs. The effort will continue to bring together stakeholders across the city to focus on the issues of increasing access to program options and enhancing program quality, and will continue to be led by DCYF and SFUSD.
Check out the new ELC website at https://www.sfelc.org, which offers:
• Program quality tools that any OST program can use, include self assessments, a resource binder and more
• Information for parents & families to understand their OST options in San Francisco
• Networking forum for program providers to post messages, view event calendars, a job message board and information about how to get FREE technical assistance for their program. Register for this part of the website today!
The Expanded Learning Collaborative is co-lead by the City’s Department of Children, Youth and Their Families (DCYF). DCYF also funds 45 afterschool programs not based at schools, provides matching grants to all K-8 ExCEL programs, funds K-8 summer programs, and a variety of learning and leadership opportunities for high school age youth across the city. These programs provide learning opportunities for youth that foster their academic, socio-emotional, and physical development during after school hours, weekends, and summers.
The Expanded Learning Collaborative is co-lead by SFUSD. SFUSD also administers more than 90 school-based afterschool programs called Expanded Collaboratives for Excellence in Learning (ExCel). ExCEL programs, which are operated in partnership between an eligible school and a community-based organization, aim to ensure the academic, physical, and emotional needs of SFUSD students are met in the out of school time.
Eight Beacon Centers are operated by community-based non-profits and housed in public schools across the city and provide youth development opportunities before and after school, on weekends, and in the summer. The centers now serve over 6,000 youth and adults every year. The Beacon Initiative is a broad-based partnership that includes the San Francisco Department of Children, Youth and their Families, the San Francisco Unified School District, community organizations, and local foundations, led by the Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund. The Centers offer young people a vibrant array of programs focused on five different areas that are important to their future: education, career development, arts and recreation, leadership, and health.