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

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BLAST After School Program Registration

Elementary BLAST After School Program Registration

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 2 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.

Important Dates and Deadlines 2020-2021 BLAST Registration-Elementary (Dates coming in March 2020) 

2019-2020 Registration is ongoing 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

 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 5 days per week and stay until 4:30 PM. 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. 

Important Dates and Deadlines 2020-2021 BLAST Registration-Junior Highs  

Important Dates and Deadlines
  • March 27-Deadline to turn in application for 2020-2021 for current BLAST students, and their incoming 6th grade siblings (apps given out the week of Mar 2)
  • April 24-Deadline for 6th grade LOTTERY to turn in application for incoming 6th grade students(Apps available at JHS BLAST Offices 4/8/2020)
  • May 1-Deadline to turn in application for students on the 2019-2020 BLAST Waiting List (apps mailed home the week of Apr 14)
  • May 4-Applications available at BLAST and the Junior High School offices, and Bidwell and Chico Jr. Websites, for anyone interested in applying for the 2020-2021 BLAST After School Program.  Registration continues throughout the year.


2019-2020 Registration is ongoing with waiting lists when applicable.  Please contact your school site BLAST Office or front office for application.

What is BLAST?

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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

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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.

Open for Fun and Learning - Hours of Operation

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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

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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

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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.


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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.

Physical Education

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Elementary-Students participate in a 40-minute physical activity lesson daily, known as Recreation.  BLAST strives to help students reach the recommended 60 minutes of daily moderate to vigorous physical activity.  Leaders are trained in SPARK, an after school program physical education curriculum.  All staff are encouraged to attend 12 hours of SPARK training each year, facilitated by the CUSD SPARK Trainer. 

Junior High-Students are given 3-4 physical activity options in BLAST daily.  BLAST strives to help students reach the recommended 60 minutes of daily moderate to vigorous physical activity.  Activities include but are not limited to flag football, basketball, dodge ball, floor hockey, kickball, Tennis Racket Baseball, softball, and volleyball.  Students have the opportunity to participate in the intramural sports program.  The sport of the season changes every 6 weeks with two games where Bidwell and Chico Junior compete for the intramural trophy. 


Enrichment and Recreation

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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.

Demographics of the After School Program

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BLAST strives to serve all our CUSD Students within our After School Programs, below are some Demographics of ASES/21st CCLC Grant enrolled students who have attended 75% or more days of the After School Program in the 2018-2019 School year.

  • Males-51%
  • Females-49%
  • Nonbinary-0%
  • Percent of Students who are English Language Learners-15%
  • Percent of Students who receive Special Ed. Services-19%
  • Percent of Students who receive Free or Reduced Lunch-71%
Pie Chart displaying ethnicity breakdown in 2018-19 by category 

Contact your School Site
Chico Unified School District Office
1163 East 7th Street, Chico, CA 95928
(530) 891-3000, ext. 20173
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.