Expanded Learning – Grade Level Proficiency Beyond the School Day

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About Expanded Learning

The City's Expanded Learning opportunities are critical to the success of all students. These programs provide:

  • Safe places to learn and grow socially and emotionally
  • Access to resources
  • Support for bolstering skills needed for academic success
  • Assistance in workforce development
  • Platforms for increasing civic engagement

Program Stats & Outcomes


Our City's expanded learning programs and initiatives focus on the following:

  • Program Quality Standards
  • Increased collaboration in a networked, expanded learning ecosystem
  • Equitable access to the library and a community of learning for every student in San José
  • Empowering each student to be an agent of their own opportunity

Over the course of these efforts, we've achieved successful outcomes and identified areas for growth with several of our programs.

These programs can be reviewed below by either selecting the Expand All button to review them all, or selecting each individually.



Highlights & Impact

Year in Review + Testimonials


Note: Numbers in these charts are from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021. Data will be updated annually.


Highlights & Impact

The San José Learns initiative (SJ Learns) aims to bolster academic achievement by funding promising and innovative expanded learning programs for San José students in transitional kindergarten through third grade.

In addition to expanding out-of-school programming, SJ Learns held 10 Community of Practice (CoP) meetings, which included districts, community-based partners, and two additional funders. These meetings provided a vehicle for the following:

  • deepening alignment with the expanded learning quality standards;
  • sourcing ideas to enhance the pipeline of expanded learning instructors and teachers; and
  • sharing promising practices and tips to support academic achievement and socio-emotional wellness in a distance learning environment.

Note: Numbers in these charts are from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021. Data will be updated annually.


Highlights & Impact

The Library now offers in-person and virtual class visits. However, students and their educators visited our library primarily through our virtual class visits program for 2020/2021. Our virtual class visits programs accomplish the following:

  • Provide direct access to a Librarian and ‘in-person’ library services.
  • Promote active and engaged learning with students in their virtual classrooms and their teachers.
  • Promote diversity, access, and equity by providing:
    • programming
    • free resources, and
    • connections to the library.
  • Build collaborative Partnerships with local education agencies.
  • Maintain and promote quality staff.

Note: Numbers in these charts are from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021. Data will be updated annually.


Highlights & Impact

The Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Services (PRNS) R.O.C.K. (Recreation of City Kids) 'n' Learn program has transitioned to afterschool programming. However, during pandemic-related school closures, the R.O.C.K. 'n' Learn program provided children with a safe, quiet space to complete distance learning.

Under CDC safety measures, the program also offered enrichment, healthy and fun recreation, developmental assists, and homework assistance.

Some highlighted outcomes include the following:

  • Active and Engaged Learning: Students participated in activities such as Lights On Afterschool and Read Across America Day.
  • Youth Voice and Leadership: Students participated in activities with the PRNS Senior Nutrition Program.
  • Diversity, Access and Equity, Quality: PRNS provided staff with a series of virtual trainings on behavior management and inclusion.
  • Safe and Supportive Environments / Clear Vision, Mission and Purpose: Provided ongoing training and support to staff on health and safety guidelines, concussion protocols, first-aid, etc.
  • Standards Assessment: Assessed R.O.C.K. 'n' Learn programs using the Quality Standards for Expanded Learning (ELQS) Site Evaluation Tool.

Note: Numbers in these charts are from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021. Data will be updated annually.


Highlights & Impact

The After School Education & Safety (ASES) program from Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Services (PRNS) is a grant-funded afterschool program operated by PRNS at four school sites in partnership with Berryessa and Alum Rock School Districts and ACE Charter Schools.

During FY 2020/2021, students were provided with a safe and supervised space to participate in distance learning in low-income, COVID-impacted neighborhoods while families needed to return to work.

Note: Numbers in these charts are from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021. Data will be updated annually.


More Info

Expanded Learning Quality Standards

Learn more about the City of San José's expanded learning strategy.

Homework Clubs & Events

Get in-person help with homework at one of our homework clubs or other learning events.

SJ Learns Builds a Vision for Quality Extended Learning

Highlights the impact of the SJ Learns initiative serving San José.

Schedule a Class Visit with the Library

Schedule a virtual or in-person visit for your class to our libraries.

R.O.C.K. 'n' Learn

Available for grades K–8, this program offers a safe, quiet space for students to do distance learning.

Latest Blogs

New eResources for Academic Support, Job Skills, and More!

Learn about new and continuing access to eResources provided to SJPL by the California State Library.

SJ eLibrary
10/19/2022 - 6:05 PM

Homework Clubs

Need help with your homework? Volunteers will be available to help Kindergarten - 8th-grade students with their homework.

SJPL Staff
07/24/2022 - 12:00 PM

Need Help with Your Homework? Check This Out!

San José Public Library has many homework resources for you: live tutors and primary and secondary online sources!

Ila Langner
09/17/2020 - 10:00 PM