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Lights On After School Celebration! to Showcase Mt. Diablo Unified's Innovative CARES After School Programs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 25, 2017

Contact:  Ursula Kroemer Leimbach / communications@mdusd.org / Mobile: (760) 705-6919



Lights On After School Celebration! to showcase Mt. Diablo Unified’s innovative CARES after school programs


WHAT:  As part of the national “Lights On After School Celebration!”, Mt. Diablo Unified’s CARES after school program will showcase innovative program highlights, including cooking, gardening, nutrition, arts, intramural elementary sports, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) activities.


“Lights On After School!” is put on by the Afterschool Alliance, whose mission is to increase public and private investment in quality after-school program initiatives at the local, state, and national levels.


Mt. Diablo CARES program, a partnership with the City of Concord Parks & Recreation and Bay Area Community Resources, provides after-school enrichment and academic support activities at 17 sites, (elementary, middle, and high school) including:

  • Homework Help
  • Academic Intervention Program
  • ASPIRE Supplemental Educational Services
  • Nutrition Education
  • Cooking
  • Dance
  • Arts and Crafts
  • STEM
  • SPARK & CATCH program
  • Gardening
  • Field Trips
  • Sports


WHEN: Thursday, October 26, 2017, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.


WHERE: Fair Oaks Elementary, 2400 Lisa Lane, Pleasant Hill 94523 (Get directions)  Day-of, on-site contact is Stephanie Roberts, MDUSD Director of Special Projects, robertss@mdusd.org or (925) 682-8000, ext. 6203.


BACKGROUND: The Mt. Diablo CARES is a well-established program with strong support from our community partners as well as from our school site and administration. It is a unique collaborative between the Mt Diablo School District, City of Concord Parks & Recreation and Bay Area Community Resources, who all serve overlapping populations. This support stems from a history of excellent programming, coordination, strong program leadership and shared responsibility of providing services and families in the community. We are a part of the state- wide initiative, Healthy Behaviors Initiative (HBI) identifying exemplary practices in nutrition in After School Programs. Financially we are supported by grants from both state and city initiatives.


CARES operates from the end of the school day until 6:00 pm. There is no cost to students for program participation.


By The Numbers

  • Number of Schools: 16
  • Number of Students Served: 2,175
  • Grade Levels Served: TK-5th, 6th-8th, 9th-12th
  • Male: 52%
  • Female: 48%
  • Free & Reduced Lunch: 86%
  • English Learner: 41%
  • Special Education: 20%
  • Demographics
    • Chinese: 1%
    • Latino: 53%
    • African American: 15%
    • Asian Pacific Islander: 7%
    • Other White: 20%
    • Other Non-White: 5%
  • Staff to student ratio: 1:20 per site
  • Number of credentialed staff: 1-5 per site
  • Number of volunteers: 2- 5 per site
  • Number of CARES staff: 5-12 per site
  • Number of Community Partners: 18 program wide



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Mt. Diablo Unified, located in Contra Costa County, is honored to serve approximately 32,000 students at one of more than 50 school sites in the cities of Clayton, Concord, Pleasant Hill; portions of Martinez, Pittsburg and Walnut Creek; and the unincorporated communities of Bay Point, Lafayette, and Pacheco. As part of a richly diverse community, MDUSD families represent numerous ethnic groups, speaking nearly 50 different languages and dialects. We offer award-winning innovative programs in Career Technical Education; Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); extensive visual and performing arts programs; and rich foreign language and dual immersion offerings. MDUSD is also pleased to have launched its first middle college program, College Now, and will open its first International Baccalaureate program and three new regional magnet programs in 2017.  Learn more at http://www.mdusd.org/.

Posted by: Debbie Maher, District Admin, Mt. Diablo Unified School District Published:10/25/17
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