CAN is a catalyst for quality, building capacity by promoting a shared vision of program quality and advancing a culture of Continuous Improvement throughout the Expanded Learning ecosystem.
CAN facilitates collaborative alignment among various types of out-of-school time programs.
- Facilitate mutually beneficial partnerships between statewide, regional, municipal, community-based school age child care, expanded learning and other out-of-school time programs.
- Support implementation of the California Department of Education’s Expanded Learning Division’s Strategic Plan as a statewide technical assistance provider.
- Participate in, and facilitate forums that increase cohesion and collaboration among California’s out-of-school time technical assistance providers.
CAN disseminates and shares promising practices and provides virtual and in-person forums to build capacity of the field to implement high-quality programs
- Provide access to tools and resources, promising strategies, professional development, and trainings to enhance out-of-school time program quality
- Increase program access to information, tools, and technical assistance supporting continuous quality improvement.
- Work to build the capacity of California’s out-of-school time ecosytem by creating platforms for them to learn and share quality practice, common challenges and solutions that hold promise.
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What are the Quality Standards for Expanded Learning?
Just as there are standards for regular day classroom expectations, the Expanded Learning community realized that having those North Star goals about what high quality programming looked like from both a point of service and programmatic perspective were important to communicate how expanded learning programs contribute to children and youth’s overall intellectual growth and development. The Expanded Learning Quality Standards were identified to create a framework of clear expectations, and a shared vision of quality among multiple stakeholders.
CAN is committed to program quality and assisting programs with meeting the statutory requirement that all ASES and 21st CCLC programs engage in a continuous data-driven quality improvement process. [set forth in EC8484 (a)(2)]. The California Department of Education Expanded Learning Division (CDE_EXLD), has developed a Quality Improvement Tool template and user guide as a compliment to the Department’s Guidance for Developing and Implementing a Quality Improvement Process.
The new and improved, second version of the California Afterschool Program Quality Self-Assessment Tool (QSA) and User’s Guide were revised with extensive input from the California expanded learning field and released to the field in 2009. The tool focused on big picture program design elements, as well as important consideration at the point of service and was conceived to be used as a tool to self-assess their program and plans for program improvement.