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S.A.F.E. & Zone Expanded Learning Programs



S.A.F.E. & Zone Expanded Learning Programs

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The Students Achieving in Fun Environments (SAFE) and Zone programs are funded by Proposition 49 voted on by the citizens of California to provide a safe and nurturing environment for youth following school dismissal. Hemet Unified School District in partnership with Valley Wide Recreation and Park District and other community agencies to provide a safe after school environment for students offering opportunities for enrichment, academic support, physical education, and creative learning. 

The SAFE and Zone Programs provide students in grades First through Eighth expanded learning opportunities from school dismissal until 6:00 p.m. or later following regular school days. Activities vary by school, but each program includes these main components:

  • After-School snack
  • Educational and literacy component in content areas
  • Homework time with assistance for clarification
  • Educational enrichment component (visual and performing arts, recreational, physical fitness and prevention activities.)
The SAFE and Zone Programs strive to create an expanded learning environment where all students are are given the opportunity through participation in enrichment activities and systems of support to become college and career ready. SAFE/Zone programs implement PBIS, Mindfulness, and many other systems of support aligned with the district. For more information please click on the link below. 
For more information regarding background information, program objectives, and requirements for the After School Education and Safety Program, please visit the California Department of Education web page at
***You may notice a change in our name from After-School to Expanded Learning. This is due to the State renaming the After-School Program Division to the Expanded Learning Division.***

Contact Information

For general program questions and information, you may contact the SAFE Office at (951)658-3538 or via email at .

Office Hours: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm Monday- Friday. 

                                     The SAFE Office is located at 831 East Devonshire Hemet, CA 92543.                                                                    

School: Site Facilitator                                                              Email    

Acacia Middle School: Judy Sullivan                                         Email: 
Bautista Creek Elementary: Jordyn Heier                                    Email: 
Cawston Elementary: Raquel Herbranson                                  Email:
Cottonwood K-8: Veronica Caperon                                           Email: 
Dartmouth Middle: Tamara Coronel                                            Email:

Diamond Valley Middle: Stephanie Russell                                 Email: 
Fruitvale Elementary: Ashley Galindo                                         Email:  
Hamilton K-8: Teresa Haeckel                                                   Email:  thaeckel@hemetusd,org
Harmony Elementary: Terri Holland                                            Email: 
Hemet Elementary: Wendy Leyva                                              Email: 

Idyllwild K-8: Jannette Santiago                                                 Email: 
Jacob Weins Elementary: Cassandra Hernandez                       Email: 
Little Lake Elementary: Kortney Willison                                    Email:
McSweeny Elementary: Geronimo Saenz                                  Email:
Ramona Elementary: Frances Lopez                                         Email:
Rancho Viejo Middle:    Cara Maya                                            Email:  
Valle Vista Elementary: Karie Heier                                           Email: 
Whittier Elementary: Tim Nadel                                                   Email: 
Winchester Elementary:  Trina Rangel                                        Email: 


Our program funding relies on regular daily attendance. Therefore all students who register must attend every day that they attend school. Students who have attended the regular instructional day, but are absent from the S.A.F.E./ZONE Program without notification to the Site Facilitator for three or more days may be dropped from the program. Students who are unable to fulfill the attendance requirements will be dropped.





Please note:  The SAFE/ZONE Expanded Learning Program registration applications for the 2018/2019 school year are ONLY  accepted electronically. The priority registration window closed on March 2, 2018, however applications are accepted all year and students will be placed in the program as spaces are available.  Please click on the link below to complete the application for the 2018/19 school year.  A separate application MUST be completed for each child you wish to enroll.



All parents/guardians will be notified via email or phone call of their child's acceptance.  In order to complete the registration process parents/guardians MUST attend a mandatory meeting, which will be set up with the Site Facilitator upon enrollment.  


Contact the SAFE Office at 951-658-3538 ext. 201 with any questions or if you need assistance with the electronic registration process. 




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Permanent and substitute positions are available through our partner program, Valley- Wide Recreation and Park District. If you are interested in working with the SAFE & Zone Expanded Learning Programs, please visit the Valley- Wide Recreation and Park District for application information. You may also call the SAFE Office at (951)658-3538 for more information.