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After School Education & Safety (ASES) · E M Downer YMCA

The E M Downer YMCA is proud of our partnership with the West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD), which provides the After School Education and Safety (ASES) Program to multiple schools. The ASES program is the result of the 2002 voter-approved initiative, Proposition 49, which dedicated funding for afterschool enrichment programs. Our program provide literacy tools, academic enrichment, and safe, constructive alternatives for students in grades K-9.

Program Elements

Our program is aligned with, and not a repeat of, the content of the regular school day and other extended learning opportunities. A safe physical and emotional environment, as well as opportunities for relationship building, is provided. Our focus includes:

An Educational and Literacy Element

We provide tutoring and/or homework assistance, designed to help students meet state standards in one or more of the following core academic subjects: reading/language arts, mathematics, history and social studies, or science. A broad range of activities may also be implemented based on local student needs and interests.

An Educational Enrichment Element

We offer an array of additional services, programs, and activities that reinforce and complement the school’s academic program. Educational enrichment may include but is not limited to, positive youth development strategies, recreation and prevention activities. Such activities might involve the visual and performing arts, music, physical activity, health/nutrition promotion, and general recreation; career awareness and work preparation activities; community service-learning; and other youth development activities based on student needs and interests.  Enrichment activities may be designed to enhance the core curriculum of our students' school.    

Operational Requirements

All staff members who directly supervise pupils must meet the minimum qualifications, hiring requirements, and procedures for an instructional aide in the school district. School site principals approve site supervisors for the after school program and ensure that the program maintains a pupil-to-staff member ratio of no more than 20 to 1. A nutritious snack is provided daily to students participating in the program. Elementary school pupils participate in the full day of the program every day during which pupils participate and pupils in middle school | junior high school attend a minimum of nine hours a week and three days a week to accomplish program goals. Note, priority for enrollment of pupils in middle school or junior high school shall be given to pupils who attend daily.

Our ASES programs are located at: Coronado Elementary, Crespi Middle, DeJean Middle, Downer Elementary, Ford Elementary, Lake Elementary, Murphy Elementary, Peres Elementary, Sheldon Elementary, Tara Hills Elementary, Verde Elementary.

Please contact wccinfo@ymcaeastbay.org for additional information.




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