Regional After School Technical Assistance System (RASTAS)
What is a Regional Lead?
In California, state funding provides technical assistance grants in each of the state’s 11 regions of the California County Superintendent’s Services Association (CCESA) to support after-school programs collaboration.
Funded by the California Department of Education (CDE), these grants fund Regional Lead Offices that receive their direction from the CDE After School Partnerships Office (ASPO) and work through and with local County Offices of Education. The Regional Leads work cooperatively with CDE staff (Education Programs Consultants and Analysts) to broker CDE, national and regional expertise and resources to effectively meet the needs of programs. The Regional Lead offices strive to provide research-based and standards aligned training and technical assistance to school districts, before and after-school programs, school sites, and community partners who receive or are interested in receiving and sustaining before and after-school funding for programs.
Regional Lead Offices provide
- Quality Program Characteristics (K-12)
- After-school Program Requirements
- Complimentary Funding Sources
- Local, Regional and Statewide Resources Available
- Identifying and Supporting:
- Long-term Fiscal Program Sustainability
- Program Evaluation
- Research-Based Practices for Quality Programs
- Identifying and Disseminating Research-Based and Standards-Aligned Curriculum and Materials
- Coaching and Mentoring in School Environments
- Developing and Maintaining Regional Peer Support Networks
Trainings & Support
- Conducting Individual Program Site Visits
- Assisting Programs to Identify Technical Assistance Needs and Issues
- Training Targeted to Specific Program Needs
- Providing/ Organizing Professional Development Opportunities
- Training for After-School Staff in Research-Based and Standards
- Aligned Program Planning and Implementation Strategies
In addition to serving the field directly, Regional Lead Offices offer facilitation, communication and outreach to after-school programs. Regional efforts are focused on building effective and sustainable programs that meet the needs of children and young people in California.