Expanded Learning-Funded by After School Education & Safety Grants (ASES) and 21st Century Community Learning Center

BLAST is the CUSD Expanded Learning Program (After School Program) that provides elementary, junior high, and high school students recreation, enrichment, and academic opportunities, every day after school.  Participating BLAST sites have trained staff members who offer a full service, enriched, and fun learning environment for all students.


What's New


Notice to the Community: Intent to Submit Grant Application

The Chico Unified School District is planning to apply for two grants to continue the existing Before and After-School Programs at six sites:

  • An After-School Safety and Enrichment for Teens (ASSETs) grant to continue the current after-school program at Fair View High School
  • A 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) grant to expand before- and after-school programs at McManus and Rosedale, and to add before- and after-school programs at Emma Wilson, Little Chico Creek, and Hooker Oak.

These schools all qualify for the grants based on their percentage of free-and reduced-lunch student participation and their Title I status. Existing after-school programs at sites that don’t need to expand (Chapman, Citrus, Neal Dow, and Parkview) will not be impacted by this application.

Additional information about the federally funded 21st Century Community Learning Center program can be found at A copy of the application and any waiver request will be available for public review after submission of the application on January 26, 2018. For more information, call John Bohannon, CUSD Director of Categorical Programs, at (530) 891-3000 x165.

What is the PEP Grant in the BLAST Program?
Chico Unified School District has received a three-year federal Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) grant—one of only sixteen districts nationally to receive funding in this round! This grant will enhance our existing BLAST Expanded Learning Program (after school program) by providing instruction in fitness and physical education, expanding nutrition education, and helping students understand how important physical activity is to their health and well-being. Project activities will be carried out with the help of partnerships with CARD, First Tee (a youth development program that teaches core life skills and values through the game of golf), and CSU, Chico’s Center for Healthy Communities (which is providing us with support in Harvest of the Month tastings and nutrition education). The program will serve students at Chapman, Citrus, Rosedale, McManus, Parkview, Neal Dow, Chico Junior, and Bidwell Junior. For more information, contact Kalyn Quok, program coordinator.


Elementary BLAST After School Program Registration-2017-2018

Important Attendance Information

The ASES grant has specific attendance criteria.  Daily attendance is expected every day school is in session with the exception of illness or medical appointments. It is the expectation that those enrolled in the program will adhere to the 3 hour daily attendance policy.  You are granted (1) day a week for an early release to another extracurricular activity.  Other weekly early releases, before 2 hours, may result in your child being dropped from the grant funded After School Program.

2017-2018 Elementary BLAST Registration:

Registration will be on-going with waiting lists when applicable.  Please contact your school site BLAST Office or front office for application.

 Click Here for English Elementary Parent Handbook

Junior High BLAST After School Program Registration-2017-2018


Important Attendance Information

Junior High BLAST Increased attendance requirements will need to be met in order for students to keep their spot in the program. Students must attend BLAST at least 4 days per week and stay until 5PM. Students who do not meet these requirements will be dropped and a student from the wait list will be added. The BLAST program is available only to students who are enrolled at Bidwell or Chico Junior.  Chico Area Recreation Department (CARD) currently runs an After School Program at Marsh Jr. High School for 6th and 7th graders.  Please call the CARD Office at (530) 895-4711 for information.

2017-2018 JHS BLAST Registration:

Registration will be on-going with waiting lists when applicable.  Please contact your school site BLAST Office or front office for application.


What is BLAST?

BLAST is designed by staff trained in child development, education, and youth leadership.  BLAST creates a physically and emotionally safe environment conducive to learning while improving reading, writing, verbal, math, and social and communication skills.  At the elementary level programs are funded to serve approximately 90 students per school day. The junior high and high school programs serve approximately 110-150 per day.  BLAST provides a wide variety of opportunities for participating students.  BLAST program leaders and staff are fully trained in the program they deliver to students.  The BLAST staff is comprised of a diverse team of talented individuals; many are certificated teachers or college students.  Classroom teachers, CARD staff, and community partners round out the team that enjoy making a positive impact on our students.


Eligibility and Enrollment

Families with children enrolled in Chico Unified School District schools are eligible to apply if their school offers a BLAST program.  Currently, Fair View High School, Bidwell Jr, and Chico Jr High Schools, and Chapman, Citrus, John McManus, Neal Dow, Parkview, and Rosedale Elementary Schools offer these programs.  BLAST is free to all participating families.  At many program sites, demand exceeds capacity; therefore, enrollment is based on need and compliance to the attendance policy.  Families will be contacted when they have been selected for an available opening.  Children who apply, but are not enrolled, will be placed on a wait list.  To be considered for enrollment, you must complete a BLAST After School Program application.  The applications are available at each school offering a program.  Applications will be reviewed and prioritized based on a rating system as needed.  Please see below for information regarding CARD After School Programs at other CUSD Elementary Schools.



BLAST operates every regular school day. Parents/guardians may choose to have their child(ren) attend the before school and/or after school program.



Before School Program

BLAST is available before school hours at the elementary and junior high program sites.  Start times vary among schools.  Before school programs operate for a minimum of 90 minutes.  Students are expected to attend every day for the full range of program hours.  Please contact your school office to see where children meet each day.  There is no application required for the Before School Program.


After School Program

BLAST begins operating after school is dismissed and remains open until 6 p.m. each day for a minimum of 15 hours per week.  Students are expected to attend every day for the full range of program hours.



BLAST offers up to 90 minutes of academic support to promote enthusiasm for learning and building skills in the areas of reading, math, writing, and science.  School principals work closely with community partners and program leaders to identify appropriate staff and to ensure that activities complement the regular school day curriculum.  This is the key to providing a comprehensive learning experience for every student.


Enrichment and Recreation

Students may participate in a variety of fun activities with their friends and peers including arts and crafts, learning how to play musical instruments, dance, writing and performing plays, athletics and educational games.  BLAST provides a safe place in school campuses where students can strengthen academic skills and participate in age-appropriate activities while improving social skills.


Contact your School Site
Chico Unified School District Office
1163 East 7th Street, Chico, CA 95928
(530) 891-3000, ext. 173
Barbara Akimoto


Chico Area Recreation and Park District (CARD)
also provides After School Programs.  These programs run from the end of school hours until 6:00 p.m. Children are signed in and out every day.  Activities include time for homework, arts and crafts, sports, and games.  The fee also includes field trips and special events.  Please call the CARD Office at 895-4711 to see what schools currently have openings.


Annual Performance Review

Please click below to review the Annual Performance Reviews for the 21st Century Community Learning Center programs:
  • Elementary Schools (update coming soon)
  • Junior High Schools (update coming soon)