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C.A.R.E.S. Expanded Learning Program



Mt. Diablo CARES Expanded Learning Program is an in-person program with virtual opportunities and resources for students. CARES is a comprehensive after school program with a variety of enrichment, academic and nutrition activities for students in Tk-high school.

Whether your child wants to explore their creativity, challenge their mind, or enjoys physical activities, CARES Expanded Learning Program is a great and safe place for your child to be after school. We provide enrichment activities, academic support, opportunities for our students to grow, develop new skills, and socialize in a safe environment during after school hours. Scroll down to our Program Profile for more details. 

Check out the video down below to see the great things CARES is doing.



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. Mt. Diablo CARES has been a part of the state- wide 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.


In order to maintain high quality services being offered to our students and families, additional funding sources are continually being pursued. The formation of a non-profit charitable foundation and other small fundraiser and mini-grants for site need. There is an ongoing need to maintain high quality professional development and mentorship for CARES staff to ensure qualified staff are serving our students. Expanded opportunities for culturally diverse and enriching opportunities prepare students with the life experiences.

Hours of Operation & Cost:

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

Expanded Learning Programming includes

Homework Help, Academic Intervention Program, ASPIRE Supplemental Educational Services, Nutrition Education and Cooking, Dance, Arts and Crafts, STEM, SPARK & CATCH program, Gardening and Field Trips. A Middle School Sports program is offered at the three Middle Schools with the CARES Expanded Learning Program.

Snack & Supper Programming includes:

Daily nutritional snack & supper provided in partnership with Food Services Department and the USDA. Participating students receive a healthy snack consisting of milk, cracker and fruit. The Supper meal consists of milk, fruit, vegetable, and a whole grain and protein item to complete a healthy and nutritious meal.

Who We Serve

Number of Schools: 18

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%


Chinese: 1%

Latino: 53%

African American: 15%

Asian Pacific Islander: 7%

Other White: 20%

Other Non-White: 5%

How We Serve

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 subcontractors: 2-8 program wide

Number of Community Partners: 18 program wide

General Information

1266 San Carlos Avenue,  Suite A6

Concord, CA 94518

phone: (925) 691-0351

fax: (925) 691-1447



The CARES After School Program created a YouTube channel during the COVID_19 pandemic as a way to stay connected and provide distance learning and enrichment opportunities to the students and families that we serve during school closures and quarantine in the Bay Area. CARES staff has provided read-alouds, cooking/nutrition videos and recipes, fitness videos and workouts, gardening tips, games, STEM activities, art and craft projects and a variety of other educational and enrichment resources. We do not have the rights to these books or music and the intended purpose is to provide quality engagement videos for our students during this time of sheltering in place.