Check out the Latest Quality Standards Video from CDE

The California Department of Education – Expanded Learning Division has released the fifth video in a series of videos highlighting the Quality Standards in Action. The purpose of these videos is to serve as a resource to support implementation of the Quality Standards for Expanded Learning in California. This video highlights programs who are implementing the Healthy Choices and Behaviors standard.

Check out the Healthy Choices and Behaviors Video

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The Wallace Foundation’s Guide for Best SEL Practices in OST

The Wallace Foundation recently released an in-depth guide featuring 25 evidence-based programs. The guide, first-of-its-kind, offers information about curricular content and programmatic features that practitioners can use to make informed choices about their SEL programs. Navigating SEL from the Inside Out: Looking Inside & Across 25 Leading SEL Programs: A Practical Resource for Schools and OST Providers offers practitioners to compare curricula and methods across top SEL programs and explains how programs can adapt from schools to out-of-school-time settings. Read more about the guide, here


Creating Healthier Environments: Strategies and Examples for Afterschool and Summer Programs, Including 21st Century Community Learning Centers

Expanding Minds and Opportunities: Leveraging the Power of Afterschool and Summer Learning for Student Success is a collection of articles on almost every aspect of afterschool and summer learning programs. In Section II. Expanding Skills and Horizons, written by our partners Crystal Weedall FitzSimons, Director of School and Out-of-School Time Programs, Food Research and Action Center and Daniel W. Hatcher, Director of Community Partnerships, Alliance for a Healthier Generation, highlight that afterschool and summer programs “play an important role in improving the health and nutritional well-being of our nation’s children.” Many kids today are considered obese, suffer from food insecurity or both. Afterschool and summer programs are part of the strategy to help alleviate those challenges.  Access the complete article, here


CDE-EXLD Site-Level CQI Planning Tool

To assist 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 EC 8484 (a)(2)], the California Department of Education’s Expanded Learning Division (CDE-EXLD), has developed a Quality Program Improvement Tool template and user guide as a compliment to the Department’s Guidance for Developing and Implementing a Quality Improvement Process.


Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit, and Run (PHR) Offers Free Sports Programming to After School Sites

The Pitch, Hit, and Run Program (PHR) is the official skills event of the Major League Baseball which offers a free sports program to after school sites and youth organizations interested in hosting local competitions to engage students in physical activity. The program provides participating programs with the administrative materials and resources for facilitating competitions designed to fit within any type of after school programming.


Updated Template for LCAP is Now Available

The California Department of Education provides regular updates regarding the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) through the LCFF web page and listserv. Recently, updates have been posted to the web page regarding the adoption of the LCAP template by the State Board of Education (SBE) as part of the Permanent Regulations. For more information, subscribe to the LCFF listserv by sending a “blank” message to: and check out the CDE Local Control Funding Formula web page.


Student Safety Resources

Check out these great resources by Educator Labs that pertain to child safety to ensure that the classroom is a safe learning environment for children!

Safe Kids Worldwide provides a wide range of resources with with preventative safety tips to keep kids from preventable injuries. With checklists, videos, research reports, and info graphics, this website complies information from safety experts and is organized based on age and places where injuries may occur. 


Student Health Resources

Check out these great resources from Educator Labs to learn about how to integrate healthy learning practices into the classroom!

KidsHealth in the classroom provides educators with free lesson plans to incorporate health topics into curriculum. Resources offered include guiding questions, quizzes, handouts, and hands-on activities. KidsHealth is the number one visited website for information on healthy child development. 


Make Learning More Meaningful This School Year With YSA’s Classrooms With a Cause Resources

Youth Service America is proud to announce the development of “Classrooms with a Cause,” a facilitator guide which encourages kids to apply what they’ve learned in class to address a problem their community faces. Aligned with Common Core State Standards, this teacher-student guide is a great way to incorporate service learning into the classroom. Additionally, the guide aims to equip students with necessary career skills in the 21st century by advocating for taking action and becoming involved in their communities.


“Grow It, Try It, Like It!” Nutrition Education Kit

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has recently announced the release of their “Grow It, Try It, Like It” Nutrition Education Kit for Child and Adult Care Food Program providers to use to educate kids on healthy nutritional habits through interactive activities. With seven booklets filled with hands-on lesson plans about fruits and vegetables, this kit incorporates MyPlate and can be used by program providers as well as families to introduce children to nutrition education. 


Torlakson Announces New Toolkit to Help Educators Explain Common Core

Tom Torlakson, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, has announced the release of “Explaining Common Core to Californians: A Communications Toolkit,” a web-based resource that aims to help educators align their curriculum with the Common Core State Standards. Comprised of research, recommendations, and sample communications, this toolkit is designed to ease the transition to the new standards and adequately prepare students for college and future careers.


Register Your School Now for the JUST RUN Program!

Schools and youth organizations nationwide are invited to register for the JUST RUN program for the 2014-15 school year. This free, web-based fitness program helps educators combat childhood obesity by offering strategies and incentives for advocating for healthy fitness, nutritional, and lifestyle habits for children. Utilized by over 11,000 students this program has many features including clinics, marathons, an anti-drug program, and nutritional education. Not only is the JUST RUN program easy to implement, but it also can be used at before, after, and during school programs. 


LCAP Watch Website Launches

The LCAP Watch website, developed by a coalition of over 30 organizations, has recently been released, where the public can access an archive of LCAPS. The website was designed to increase public awareness of school district Local Control Accountability Plans by allowing users to access existing LCAPS or add their own. Furthermore, the website also has resources offering effective strategies on how to target state priority areas. 

To access the website, click here. 


Center for Collaborative Solutions
January Resource of the Month

The Center for Collaborative Solutions is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting effective partnerships that achieve outcomes through sharing the same goals. The organization is divided into three departments: Afterschool Solutions, Healthcare Solutions, and Labor Management Solutions. A project designed by the Afterschool Solutions division is the Healthy Behaviors Initiative (HBI), a local and statewide effort to promote nutritional eating habits and regular physical activity in after school programs.


Fight Crime: Invest in Kids
March Resource of the Month

Fight Crime: Invest in Kids is a national organization that works to educate the public and policymakers on scientifically-based crime prevention strategies. Comprised of a team of the top law enforcement leaders, this organization’s mission is not only to prevent kids from engaging in criminal activity early in childhood, but also to intervene with kids who have been involved with crime to get them back on the right track. Extending investment to after school programs is one of the priorities of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids. 


Public Profit Releases “Strategies to Promote Non-Cognitive Skills: A Guide for Youth Developers & Educators”

Public Profit is proud to announce the release of Strategies to Promote Non-Cognitive Skills: A Guide for Youth Developers & Educators,” a guide which identifies how to help youth gain skills necessary to be successful in the 21st century. Recently, researchers have emphasized the value of stressing non-cognitive skills in the education of children particularly in five key areas: Academic Behaviors, Academic Mindsets, Academic Perseverance, Learning Strategies, and Social Skills.


Afterschool Matters Journal

The National Institute on Out-of-School Time at the Wellesley Centers for Women, with support from the Robert Browne Foundation, has created a peer-reviewed publication called the Afterschool Matters Journal for facilitators and leaders to use as a resource for those working in afterschool programs dedicated to developing youth education. Issues are set to be published two to three times a year.

For more information, check out the Afterschool Matters website by clicking here.