After School/Expanded Learning Programs

The Santa Barbara Unified School District offers two very different after school programs on elementary school sites and at La Cumbre Junior High School:

  • A year-round program for children in transitional kindergarten and kindergarten
  • ASES (After School Education and Safety) programs on 7 elementary school sites and at La Cumbre Junior High that operate on school days only.

Both of the programs are funded by the California Department of Education and provide subsidized services. We offer several parent fee funded programs on a couple of school campuses in the year-round after school program for the younger students.

The After School Program for transitional kindergarten and kindergarten operates year round and from school dismissal time to center closing time. The After School Program closes at 5:30 P.M. at each school site. During the summer and on recess days we combine sites between three different school campuses. On full days, the program operates from 7:30 A.M. to 5:30 P.M. The students are served a nutritious snack each day during the school year and breakfast, lunch, and snack are served when the centers are open full days. The major focus of the program is to provide a safe, enriching, and educationally-sound environment that supplements and supports the regular school program. Homework, enrichment activities, outdoor organized and free-choice activities, indoor small and large-group activities are offered. During the summers, an academic program is provided and special enrichment themes are used. Field trips and specialists in music, drama, art, and physical education are also added to enhance the curriculum.

2019-20 After School Program Parent Handbook – English
2019-20 After School Program Parent Handbook – Spanish

ASES (After School Education and Safety) Program at La Cumbre Junior High and A-OK! (After School Opportunities for Kids) at Elementary School Sites for students in 1st-8th Grades:

The A-OK! Program at Adams, Adelante Charter, Cleveland, Franklin, Harding University Partnership, McKinley, and Santa Barbara Community Academy elementary schools (serving students in grades 1 through 6) and the After School Program at La Cumbre Junior High (serving students in grades 7 through 8) operate every school day until 6 p.m. These excellent programs receive funding from the California Department of Education/After School Division through a statewide initiative, After School Education and Safety (ASES) grant program. Each site is supervised by well-trained staff and offers a structured, engaging array of academic and enrichment activities. Major partners include the Santa Barbara Unified School District, the site schools, and City of Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation Department. Each year, various other partners bring special program curricula to the enrolled students. As the lead agency, the Santa Barbara Unified School District administers the program.


  • Children are enthusiastic learners
  • Families have the tools to support and encourage learning
  • Communities embrace learning opportunities for all

The After School/Expanded Learning Program provides an environment where students’ and families’ needs are met so that they can fully participate in all aspects of the educational experience.


After School Expanded Learning Program Business Office
at Harding University Partnership School
1607 Gillespie Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 965-4633 x6502

Emmitt Jenkins A-OK Sports Supervisor CORA (805) 963-4338 x1454
Gloria Medina Office Manager (805) 965-4633 x6504
Cecilia Valencia Assistant Office Coordinator (805) 965-4633 x6502
Kathy Serrano After School Programs Coordinator (805) 963-4338 x1451
Sharon Roth A-OK Program Supervisor (805) 963-4338 x1452

A-OK Program Offices and Site Coordinators