Bridges After-School Program

  • Bridges After School Program

    Building Bridges to Student Success

    Our Carmichael Bridges Program closes at 6:20 daily. The program does not operate on holidays or non-school days. 


    The Bridges After-School/ASSETs Programs will be closed for staff development on the following dates:

    Friday, November 18, 2022

    Friday, March 10, 2023

    Tuesday, June 6, 2023

    Link to applications

    he San Juan Unified School District's Bridges After-School/ASSETs Programs provide homework support, enrichment and pro-social recreation in a safe and positive environment. The Bridges After-School/ASSETs Programs currently serve approximately 3,000 students, grades K-12, in 35 programs at 35 sites. Student success is supported through the implementation of each of the four components of the program: Homework support, enrichment/disguised learning, pro-social skills/recreation, and parent support and empowerment. Strong relationships between program staff, school staff, parents and students are key! 


      Bridges After-School /ASSETs Programs' mission is to Build Bridges to Student Success by supporting student achievement, providing a safe, enriching environment, increasing student self-esteem and life     skills, preparing students for 21st Century success, and involving parents and guardians.  

    Program Components

    Students with artworkAcademic Support

    Academic Support through homework assistance and skill-building opportunities are designed to support student success. Students also engage in reading and literacy practices that help to support fluency and accuracy.

    Enrichment/Disguised Learning

    Enrichment/Disguised Learning activities are implemented through learning centers that complement the regular school day instruction. Enrichment activities include core topics in nutrition, art, mathematics, science, reading, drama and others. Middle school students participate in enrichment activities through student-driven clubs that assist in skill mastery. Clubs may include cooking, music, dance, yoga, gardening, environment, sports, photography, ceramics, journalism and more.

    Pro-social Skills/Recreation

    Pro-social Skills/Recreation offers positive interaction and promotes social skills through structured team-building and recreation activities. Students increase self-esteem and awareness through character education, service learning and other community-based activities. Additionally, middle school students participate in life skill development including career exploration and prevention activities. 


    Technology is infused throughout the program model, enhancing homework support, academic skill building and a variety of enrichment activities. Program participants use computers to experience multimedia applications involving music, video and photography.

    Parent Support and Empowerment

    Parent Support and Empowerment is facilitated through on-going communication and relationship building between the program staff, school, parents and students. Parents are encouraged to participate in volunteer opportunities that help support the program and student success.

    Program Staffing

    Programs are supported by a Site Coordinator, Academic Coach or Teacher, Team Leaders and other program staff. The Site Coordinator oversees the program while working with the site team on activity planning. Credentialed teachers act as liaisons to assure planned learning activities enrich traditional school day instruction. Bridges staff work as a team to provide high quality programming and promote a positive environment. 



    The Bridges After-School/ASSETs Programs are supported through a combination of state and federal grants: After School Education and Safety, 21st Century Community Learning Center, and 21st Century After School Safety and Enrichment for Teens, Expanded Learning Opportunities Programs, as well as community and district in-kind contributions and program participation fees.


    All after-school programs are evaluated in accordance with State and Federal guidelines. Evaluation data is available for review upon request; for an appointment please call (916) 971-5933.

    Child at nutrition decathlonChild and Adult Care Food Program


    The Bridges After-School program is a proud sponsor of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). After-school, snacks are available without charge to all enrolled children.

    In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.


    Student Population

    Students working on homeworkWorking on homework, students are referred to the program by administrators, teachers, parents, or a self-referral. Typically, students who participate in the Bridges After-School Program are in need of minimal academic assistance, which is usually in the form of help with homework. Enrichment and recreation activities provide lots of fun for all students.



    Attendance Policy

    Students must attend Bridges After-School five days per week for a minimum of three hours per day. If a student is absent, parents are expected to communicate, written or verbally, with the Bridges program staff in addition to the traditional school day staff. Ten cumulative unexcused absences can be considered excessive and a student's enrollment in the program may be revoked. Space is limited and there are usually waiting lists.

    Bridges After-School Program Monthly Rates:

    Monthly Rate   

    Tier 1 Full  $50.00
    Tier 2 Reduced  $40.00
    Tier 3 Low  $30.00
    Waived - Qualified under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, Foster Youth, or eligible for free/reduced price meals.


    Payments by check or money order:

    • Payments are due by the 10th day of each month.
    • Checks and money orders are made payable to San Juan Unified School District with Bridges After-School in the memo line. Please write your child’s name and school on the check or money order.
    • Mail to: Attn: Bridges After-School Programs/San Juan Unified School District, 3738 Walnut Ave., Carmichael, CA 95608
    • Payments may be dropped off at one of the Bridges After-School regional offices:
    Arden Arcade Region - 2641 Kent Drive, Sacramento 95821/Room 5, (916) 979-8324.
    Carmichael Region - 6230 Rutland Drive, Carmichael 95608/Room 24, (916) 971-7386
    Citrus Heights Region - 7901 Rosswood Dr., Citrus Heights 95621/Room H7, (916) 979-8399
    • Payments may not be dropped off at program sites.

    Payments by credit card:

    Visa and MasterCard payments are accepted online at the My School Bucks website. My School Bucks is a fast and simple online payment center for parents. has features such as: Paying for tuition, meals and other school items in one central place; email reminders of payments due; set up of automatic payments on given dates and more.

    Late Fees:

    • If payment is not received within 5 business days of the due date, a $25 late fee will be charged.

    Non-Sufficient Funds (NSF):

    • Checks returned by the bank will incur an additional $25 charge. A money order is required for replacement of NSF check.
    • Checks will not be accepted as form of payment after the bank has refused a second check.

    Cancellation Policy:

    • Families are required to give a two-week notice, in writing, when ending a child’s participation in the program. If a participant leaves prior to the end of the designated two weeks, full payment is still required for the duration of the two-week period. 

    For more information regarding enrollment in Bridges After-School, please call the regional office of the site you are interested in listed below.


    For more information, call the Carmichael Bridges Site Facilitator, Ortencia Zaragoza @ 416-0670 or email


Last Modified on August 11, 2022