Effectively Expanding California's After School System: Overcoming the Workforce Supply Obstacle, 2008

Mar 01, 2008

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Proposition 49, which voters passed in 2002, guaranteed more than a three-fold increase in state funding for after school programs, although rollout was dependent on the state budget meeting specific conditions. In 2006-07, the budget met those conditions and the legislation implementing the proposition was passed. Subsequently, an additional $550 million per year began to flow into new and expanded after school programs that were funded through the After School Education and Safety Program. This unprecedented expansion of programs over a few months presented many challenges. Primary among them was the ability to hire new staff, which has strained the state’s after school infrastructure at all levels, from administration by the California Department of Education to program staffing at local schools.

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