CA Quality Standards for Expanded Learning Programs


Point-of-Service Quality Standards 

Programmatic Quality Standards

Safe & Supportive Environment

The program provides a safe and nurturing environment that supports, social-emotional and physical need of all students.

Active & Engaged Quality Standards

Program and design and activities reflect active, meaningful and engaging learning methods that promote collaboration and expand student horizons.

Skill Builiding

The program maintains high expectations for all students, intentionally links programs goals and curricula with 21st century skills and provides activities to help students achieve mastery.

Youth Voice & Leadership

The program provides and supports intentional opportunities for students to play a meaningful role in program design and implementation, and provides ongoing access to authentic leadership roles.

Healthy Choices & Behaviors

The program promotes student well-being through opportunities to learn about and practice balanced nutrition, physical activity and other healthy choices in an environment that supports a healthy life style.

Diversity, Access & Equity

The program creates and environment in which students experience values that embrace diversity and equity regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, income, level, national origin, physical ability, sexual orientation and/or gender identity and expression.

Quality Staff

The program recruits and retains high quality staff and volunteers who are focused on creating a positive learning environment, and provides ongoing professional development based on assessed staff needs

Clear Vision, Mission & Purpose

The program has a clearly defined vision, mission, goals, and measurable outcomes that reflect broad stakeholder input and drive program design, implementation and improvement.

Collaborative Partnerships

The program intentionally builds and supports collaborative relationships among internal and external stakeholders, including families, schools and community, to achieve program goals.

Continuous Quality Improvement

The program uses data from multiple sources to assess its strengths and weaknesses in order to continuously improve program design, outcomes and impact.

Program Management

The program has sound fiscal and administrative practices supported by well-defined and documented policies and procedures that meet grant requirements.


The program builds enduring partnerships with the community and secures commitments for in-kind and monetary contributions.