Programs & Services

ASES After School Program
  After School Education and Safety (ASES) Program

The After School Education and Safety (ASES) Program provides literacy, academic, enrichment and safe constructive alternatives for students in kindergarten through ninth grade (K-9) during non-school hours. The academic and enrichment component entail; integrated education, health, social service, recreational, cultural programs and telecommunication and technology.

The program is designed to enhance student's success, achievements and to support school communities to improve school climate, safety, attendance, behavior, student's health and well-being through high quality professional development, technical assistance, targeted services and the dissemination of current and relevant research-based information and resources.

ASES Programs Serving Here!

  • Ballington Academy
  • Brawley Elementary School District
  • Calexico Unified School District
  • Calipatria Unified School District
  • El Centro Elementary School District
  • Heber Elementary School District
  • Holtville Unified School District
  • Meadows Union School District
  • San Pasqual Valley Unified School District
  • Seeley Union School District
  • Westmorland Union School District

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39 AmeriCorps Borderlands members provide 1:1 to 1:3 ratio of academic tutoring in English language development and functional academics on a daily basis to 288 underperforming kindergarten through 12th grade and special education students at 19 service sites countywide.

Two members provide mentoring to 10 children of prisoners. All 39 members recruit 25 ongoing volunteers to volunteer at least 600 hours in community service activities, and 30 one-time volunteers to volunteer at least 60 hours.

All 39 members receive a comprehensive program of training and the opportunity to implement learned skills to increase their sense of themselves as a leader in the community.

Members also receive Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training to become a part of Imperial County’s Community Emergency Response Team.

AmeriCorps Serving Here!

  • ICOE Student Well-Being Department
  • ICOE Special Education Program
  • ICOE Alternative Education Program
  • Brawley Union High School District
  • Calexico Unified School District
  • Calipatria Unified School District
  • Heber Elementary School District
  • Holtville Unified School District
  • Westmorland Union Elementary School District

Learn more about AmeriCorps

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 Bullying and Violence in School Advocacy Program

The Bullying and School Violence Advocacy Program is supported with federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funds to provide direct services to child/teen victims of bullying and/or school violence, education advocacy with administrators on behalf of youth, counseling services, resource and referrals, and assistance with providing information on crime victim compensation services to youth clients.

Our community recognizes bullying behaviors at school as dangerous and harmful acts that victimize the targeted student and bystanders. Bullying can no longer be dismissed as harmless teasing or as a normal, yet undesirable, behavior. Rather, bullying is a pattern of deliberate, negative, hurtful, aggressive acts that work to shift the balance of physical, emotional, or social power as defined in California Education Code Section 48900.2, 48900.3, or 48900.4. 

Participating School Districts:

  • Brawley Elementary School District
  • Calexico Unified School District
  • Calipatria Unified School District
  • Heber Elementary School District
  • Imperial Unified School District
  • Seeley Union School District
  • Westmorland Union School District

Bullying Frequently Asked Questions


Child Abuse Treatment (CHAT) Program

The CHAT Program serves victims of abuse (physical, sexual abuse or exploitation, and/or emotional); neglect (severe and/or general); domestic violence and/or witness to violence in the home, school, or community violence; parental chemical substance abuse; children who are victims of bullying as per California Education Code 48900 (r); criminal components of bullying in the community (physical assault, making threats of physical harm, or any other activity which is classified as an actual crime); and abductions.

The CHAT Program serves families in the Winterhaven and Fort Yuma Quechan Reservation as well as the El Centro Elementary School District under the auspices of the FACT (Family And Community Together) Center and San Pasqual Valley Family Resource Center (FRC). Child victims and non-offending family members are provided therapy as well as intensive case management; including but not limited to assessment, linkage and advocacy.

The project will reach critically underserved Native American and Latino children and youth struggling to cope with the effects of abuse, neglect and exposure to violence in an environment of poverty, intergenerational trauma, and intense drug trafficking across the nearby U.S. border with Mexico.

Contact Information:

San Pasqual Family Resource Center:(760) 572-0222 x2612
El Centro FACT Center:(760) 337-5097

Learn more about Marriage and Family Therapy Internship Opportunity.

Homeless Education
Education for Homeless Children and Youth Grant

The federal McKinney-Vento Law requires all schools to remove any barriers that would prevent homeless students from enrolling and participating in school and from receiving the same quality education as other students.

The Imperial County Office of Education McKinney-Vento Program, known locally as Most Valuable Pupils, is funded through a grant by the California Department of Education and is administered by the Student Well-Being and Family Resources Director and the County Homeless Care Coordinator.  Support and training is provided to all county administrators and school staff to comply with the mandates of this law.

Homeless students are defined as: Children or youth who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, including:

  •        Sharing the housing of others due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or similar reason (“doubling up”).
  •        Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, camping grounds due to the lack of adequate alternative accommodations.
  •        Living in emergency or transitional shelters.
  •        Living in a public or private place not designed for humans to live.
  •        Living in cars, parks, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or a similar setting.
  •        Unaccompanied youth living in the above circumstances.

For a comprehensive array of issues related to the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act and its implementation, visit the Best Practices in Homeless Education series at

Sports Illustrated Cover Story: Young, Gifted & Homeless

Students Experiencing Homelessness, Know Your Rights

Family Resource Centers
Family Resource Centers (FRC)

Seven Family Resource Centers (FRC) located in Imperial Valley in the cities of Brawley, Calexico, Central Union High School District, El Centro FACT, Niland, San Pasqual and Seeley facilitate easy access to services for youth and their families.  The FRCs integrate medical, social services, mental health and education service to provide a holistic approach to addressing the needs of youth and their Families.
With the collaboration of many agencies, the Family Resource Centers ensure the education, health and well-being of students and their families increasing the likelihood of student success.

Contact Information

Brawley FRC: (760) 312-6095
Calexico FRC: (760) 768-3905
Central Union: (760) 336-4540
El Centro FACT: (760) 337-5097
Niland FRC: (760) 359-0150
San Pasqual FRC: (760) 572-0222 ext. 6

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Professional Development Training/ Awareness and Education Presentations

Professional Development Training is available to school personnel, county agency representatives and local community-based organization personnel. Awareness and Education Presentations are also made available to students and families for the purpose of Prevention and Early Intervention and enhancing Social Emotional Learning. Topics may include, chemical dependency; tobacco-use prevention/education; early identification of student mental health issues; wellness education; gang and violence prevention; bullying and cyberbullying; impacts of trauma, abuse and violence on children; support group training; risk and protective factors; effective communication skills; parenting skills training; managing aggressive/violent behaviors; conflict resolution; asset building and resiliency; brain-based learning; and school climate and culture.

Project Ride, Walk, Learn
   Project Ride, Walk, Learn

Project Ride, Walk, Learn is an educationally focused program that provides information to students and parents on bicycle and pedestrian safety, with an added health and environmental component.  Services are provided through school assemblies, bicycle rodeos, and educational materials for classroom teachers.  The program unfolds in underserved communities of Calipatria, Heber, Niland, Seeley, and Westmorland where roads in poor condition and limited sidewalks near elementary school campuses affect the safety of children walking and riding their bicycles to and from school.  The program is funded by the Imperial County Transportation Commission, through Caltrans Active Transportation Program, and will commence in Fall 2019.

System of Support
  System of Support for Expanded Learning (SSEL)

The purpose of the SSEL funding is to build the capacity of after school programs (also known as expanded learning programs) to meet all grant requirements defined in statute, and to promote high quality programs and services as described in the Quality Standards for Expanded Learning Programs, an initiative informed by Expanded Learning stakeholders and practitioners, and produced in collaboration between the California Department of Education’s Expanded Learning Division and the California AfterSchool Network.   

Learn more about the Quality Standards

A Vision for Expanded Learning in California: California’s Expanded Learning programs are an integral part of young people’s education, engaging them in year-round learning opportunities that prepares them for college, career, and life. According to the Expanded Learning Division, Expanded Learning refers to before and after school, summer, intersession learning programs that focus on developing the academic, social, emotional, and physical needs and interests of students through hands-on, engaging learning experiences. -California Department of Education  

California Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) Hub Grant

The purpose of the California Department of Education (CDE) Expanded Learning Division (EXLD) STEAM Hub Grant is to expand the initiative across the entire California System of Support for Expanded Learning (SSEL). STEAM Hubs are tasked with building STEAM capacity in expanded learning (after school) programs, as well as build knowledge of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) to create a coherence with the instructional day. 

Learn more about Expanded Learning

 Tobacco-Use Prevention Education

The purpose of these grant funds is to implement, maintain and enforce a tobacco-free school policy in school districts as authorized by California Health and Safety Code (HSC) Section 104420, and conduct the California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS).

The focus of the CDE’s Coordinated School Health and Safety Office is to provide students with the knowledge and skills that enable them to be tobacco free. Implementing a tobacco-free school policy and surveilling the prevalence of tobacco-use behaviors are fundamental to this effort.

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