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Our program began with an initiative championed by Mr. Darrell Steinberg, to have local government and school districts to partner in students out of school time activities utilizing school campuses. We began to collaborating with school districts to open up the school campuses beyond the school day for students out of school time activities. The idea was originally promoted as a recreational program and a place to keep kids safe during the after school hours. The collaboration of stakeholders of Sacramento START and LA Best director created legislation that would design programs with an academic focus of literacy support for students performing below basics. The City of Sacramento, Sacramento START Program opened their doors and committed their program to Youth Development on January 10, 1996 with a concept to lead Students Today Achieving Results for Tomorrow with a powerful vision: Sacramento START is a public/private collaboration that is working to build the capacity of children to succeed academically and socially while reconnecting families and neighborhoods with schools.

Our mission: START believes that children should be given every opportunity to be successful. START fosters enthusiasm for learning by engaging children in fun, literacy-focused activities. In a safe and caring environment, START expands the school day and supports district goals. We are currently operating Before School and After School programs at 5 Robla school sites, 5 days a week Monday– Friday. Sacramento START continues the practice of hiring from the community to staff the program sites. All staff must present 48 college approved college credit units and/or a degree from a creditable college. If not, they are required to take the No Child Left Behind Test. All employees are required to pass a background check, obtained a Tuberculosis test and complete extensive training in Youth Development, Mandated Reporting, Classroom Management, Project Based Learning, Program Activities Planning, Fitness and Nutrition and so much more.

We are located in the following school district within Sacramento County: Robla School District.