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Californias Afterschool Expansion. Prop 49 Primer 56 percent of voters approved in 2002 Raised state after school funding to $550 million Implementation.

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1 Californias Afterschool Expansion

2 Prop 49 Primer 56 percent of voters approved in 2002 Raised state after school funding to $550 million Implementation began a few months ago

3 Prop. 49 Planning for California Expansion Joe Ames Funded by WT Grant Unique opportunity Private consulting firm and public policy Chronicle – the narrative Take Aways for other planners Report is available at

4 Prop 49 Chronicle on Planning The Basics: Research and Effective Advocacy Research and analysis provided clear view –Elevated the work of planners and advocates. –Make the program attractive to providers before jumping to the nuts and bolts of roll- out.

5 Prop 49 Chronicle on Planning Group Dynamics: Utilizing Expertise and Recognizing Limitations Tapping expertise among providers, agencies and advocates useful Research and facilitation skills were complementary Identifying strengths and recognizing limitations is also important

6 Prop 49 Chronicle on Planning Investment: Strategic Partnerships and Early Buy-in Best to have all parties on board with equal intensity Deep relationships outside of education can be critical in sparking useful new synergies

7 Prop 49 Chronicle on Planning Lasting Value: Defining, Creating and Sustaining Quality Programs Long overdue, nuanced conversation several key drivers of quality at scale – technical assistance, workforce development and accountability. Dynamic, evolving conversation will ultimately determine whether Proposition 49 delivers on its full promise.

8 Prop 49 Communication and Outreach Steve Fowler Quality program sites as models - distributed across the states media markets Research that shows that after-school will keep kids safe, support working families and inspire children to learn

9 Prop 49 Communication and Outreach A shared succinct message that resonates with voters and opinion leaders On-going training of after-school community on messages and how to use them A drumbeat of media coverage on the value of and need for after-school

10 Prop 49 Communication and Outreach A history of bi-partisan support Spokespersons who can gain media and policy maker attention Law enforcement voices on your side Working relationships with state and local education leaders

11 Prop 49 Communication and Outreach An understanding of budget and revenue circumstances and history Annual use of Lights On Afterschool! as a public education and coalition building tool at local and state levels An openness to new champions and allies joining the movement - even if it means surrendering some control of the movement

12 Foundation funding for outreach and advocacy A forum or "open space for stakeholders work out differences and build consensus - needs to include CBOs, school-based programs, school-age care, recreation and faith-based programs A constant willingness to explore new areas Prop 49 Communication and Outreach


14 Prop 49 Implementation Jennifer Peck Reform Effort 20-30% annually going unspent Difficulty managing/maintaining program

15 Prop 49 Implementation Legislative Reforms Grant vs. Reimbursement Increased daily after-school rate Priority for funding going to low- income schools

16 Prop 49 Implementation Reforms, continued Funding match decrease from half to third Streamlined application process More federal 21 st CCLC money directed to high school Changes to evaluation system

17 Prop 49 Implementation Factors that made reforms successful Release of new funds was imminent Governor had a great interest in seeing Prop 49 succeed Democratic leaders, who created the original program, also had a great interest in success Advocacy community in agreement about reforms

18 Prop 49 Implementation Funding Roll-Out Application process in the fall of 2006 Awards posted in February, 2007 Demand very high – only half of applicant schools received grants Official notifications began going out in March Timing of program start-up varied across state Full programming to start in fall of 2007

19 Prop 49 Implementation Roll-Out, continued Start-up training and technical assistance slow to arrive through state department of education Statewide and regional intermediaries stepped in to support new programs, though coverage varied across state CDE currently formulating plan for how to spend training and t/a dollars

20 Prop 49 Implementation Implementation Challenges Hiring qualified staff Training new staff Coordination with schools/academic alignment Negotiation of space for program at school sites

21 Prop 49 Implementation Policy Issues for Consideration Quick vs. phased-in expansion of programs needs to be carefully considered Application process needs to be accessible to all applicants, and be useful for review, as well as implementation Design and Evaluation of programs must align with best research as well as youth/parent/community needs and expectations

22 Prop 49 Implementation Policy Issues, continued In most cases, sustainability beyond grant funding is not attainable Grantees should be eligible for renewal if they are meeting program outcomes Sufficient professional development and technical assistance resources are critical Better coordination between after school and SES services would benefit students

23 Questions

24 How to reach us Joe Ames – Steve Fowler – steve _ fowler@fowlerhoffman.infoteve _ Jennifer Peck –

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