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The purpose of the California AfterSchool Network is to increase access to high-quality out-of-school time programs that support success for all children and youth.

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We are committed to providing you with the resources and tools necessary to build high quality out-of-school time programs in California. Keep up to date with all the latest news and events.

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Expanded Learning Rate Increases for FY 21-22

CDE LogoIn June, Governor Newsom approved the state budget allocating additional dollars to the After School Education and Safety (ASES), 21st Century Community Learning Centers Elementary/Middle (21st CCLC), and the 21st CCLC High School After School Safety and Enrichment for Teens (ASSETs) program grants, for a rate increase effective July 1, 2021. 

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Join Our Team! We are hiring a Program Specialist. Learn more and apply now!

We’re Hiring A Program Specialist!
Join the CAN Team!

CAN is excited to announce we are hiring a Program Specialist to join the CAN team!

The Program Specialist will be a part of our Equity and Quality team, but will help support the work of the entire organization. In many ways, the CAN team operates like a small startup where every day is an adventure!

For this role, we are looking for someone with the following qualities:

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 Interview with Santa Ana USD and Their ELO – Program Planning Process

Interview with Santa Ana USD and Their ELO – Program Planning Process
Fireside Chat: August 31, 2021

Join us for our 34th fireside chat. In this chat, Heather Williams from the California AfterSchool Network is joined by Michael Funk from the Expanded Learning Division of the California Department of Education and Lupita Cruz, Jennifer Cisneros, and Emily Wolk from Santa Ana Unified School District as they share how they have engaged in an intentional planning process around the new Expanded Learning Opportunities Program.

Resource: Santa Ana USD Planning Folder & Resources

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2021 Expanded Learning Opportunities STEAM Back-To-School Pre-Conference
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STEAM Back to School Pre Conference FlyerWednesday, September 1, 2021, 3:00 PM- 6:30 PM PST

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CAN, in partnership with the California Department of Education’s Expanded Learning Division and the California STEAM Symposium co-hosts, is excited to announce the virtual 2021 Expanding Learning Opportunities with STEAM Back-To-School Pre-Conference. 

This exciting partnership builds on our community belief STEAM learning happens everywhere and at any time of the day. The event will explore opportunities for collaboration between community-based organizations and the TK-16 system. CAN and partners are excited to support our education community as we all strategically plan to use the monumental education budgets focused on early education, social-emotional learning, teacher pipeline, and Expanded Learning. Participants will also learn more about the new Expanded Learning Opportunities Program established in July 2021 by AB 130.

The current registration for both events is only $185! 

  • Individual event rates start at $75 for the Pre-Conference, and
  • $145 for the California STEAM Symposium.

Access Pre-Conference Registration and Details!

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2021 Expanding Learning Opportunities with STEAM Back-To-School Pre-Conference
Wednesday, September 1, 2021, 3:00 PM- 6:30 PM PST

Presented by Chevron

Flyer for CA STEAM Symposium and Back-to-School Pre-ConferenceCAN, in partnership with the California Department of Education’s Expanded Learning Division and the California STEAM Symposium co-hosts, is excited to announce the virtual 2021 Expanding Learning Opportunities with STEAM Back-To-School Pre-Conference. 

This exciting partnership builds on our community belief STEAM learning happens everywhere and at any time of the day. The event will explore opportunities for collaboration between community-based organizations and the TK-16 system. CAN and partners are excited to support our education community as we all strategically plan to use the monumental education budgets focused on early education, social-emotional learning, teacher pipeline, and Expanded Learning. Participants will also learn more about the new Expanded Learning Opportunities Program established in July 2021 by AB 130.

The current registration for both events is only $185! 

  • Individual event rates start at $75 for the Pre-Conference, and
  • $145 for the California STEAM Symposium.

Access Pre-Conference Registration and Details!

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STEAM Newsletter – Environmental Literacy and Revving up for Fall
August 17, 2021

As schools and OST programs return and welcome students, educators, families, and communities to the 2021-2022 school year, we recognize the unique times we continue to work through. While we continue to experience the COVID pandemic and its layers of challenges, unfortunately, regions of Northern California are also currently experiencing destructive wildfires. These fires are damaging homes, schools, communities, and ultimately impacting the environment. Our hearts, thoughts, and support are extended to our OST family and communities affected by these fires.

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FAQ’s Released for the New Expanded Learning Opportunities Program

FAQ’s Released for the New Expanded Learning Opportunities Program
Fireside Chat: August 12, 2021

Join us for our 33rd fireside chat. In this chat, Heather Williams from the California AfterSchool Network is joined by Michael Funk from the Expanded Learning Division of the California Department of Education as they discuss the first round of FAQ’s for the new ELO-P and provide additional context for what these FAQs mean for new and existing programs.

Reference: CDE Expanded Learning Opportunities Program FAQs​

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Updates on the New Expanded Learning Opportunities Program

Updates on the New Expanded Learning Opportunities Program
Fireside Chat: August 6, 2021

Join us for our 32nd fireside chat. In this chat, Heather Williams from the California AfterSchool Network is joined by Michael Funk and Sterling Williams from the Expanded Learning Division of the California Department of Education as they discuss key updates on the new Expanded Learning Opportunities Program (ELO-P).

It is the intent of the new ELO-P to work with existing ASES and 21st CCLC programs to ultimately provide a single comprehensive expanded learning program for students in CA. FAQs to address some of the biggest initial questions are nearly final and likely to be released early next week. Another fireside chat will be filmed and released with the posting of the FAQs.

Reference: AB 130 (the Education Trailer Bill) 

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CAN Newsletter – Back to School!
August 10, 2021

Happy 2021-2022 School Year! As we approach the close of the Summer Break, we welcome the Back to School season! Despite the challenges of operating schools and programs during the pandemic and its highs and lows, OST educators continue to rise to the occasion, and support children, youth, families, and communities. 

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Best Wishes to our Senior Specialist, Aleah Rosario

Join us in congratulating Aleah Rosario as she takes the next step in her professional journey with the Partnership for Children and Youth!

Aleah joined the CAN team in November 2020 and since then, successfully led the Workforce Initiatives for the California AfterSchool Network (CAN) which includes the development of responsive policies and strategies that uplift, advance, and bring dignity to the youth worker workforce. 

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CA State Budget Updates
July 2, 2021

We know there are many questions about the state budget and you all have been patiently waiting for updates! We don’t have all the answers yet but wanted to share what we do know. Below is what we know as of this moment, and things are rapidly shifting, so by the time you actually read this email, it could have changed!

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CAN Newsletter- Summer is Here!
July 13, 2021

Summer learning can offer opportunities for children and youth to engage in fun, explore something new with hands-on, learning experiences, and make new connections and friends. Especially, after a school year of high levels of pivoting and a hybrid blend of online and in-person school experiences, the Summer season offers an opportunity to be engaged in learning opportunities and prepare young people for the school year to come.  

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Equity Evolution: CAN’s Growth Story
Preface

"Service to other is the rent you pay for your room here on earth. " -Muhammad Ali June 21, 2021

The Beginning of Our Journey

Happy Monday Everyone!

So, as I wind down my Juneteenth weekend in Oakland, CA – a large community event, followed by a “PRIDE 4 Juneteenth” gathering, and lastly, an intimate conversation with friends about token gestures vs real systemic change – I thought what an appropriate time to begin what CAN hopes will be some communal learning with our field.

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Budget Updates & Discussion on Supporting Older Youth

Budget Updates & Discussion on Supporting Older Youth
Fireside Chat: June 8, 2021

Join us for our 30th fireside chat. In this chat, Heather Williams from the California AfterSchool Network is joined by Michael Funk from the Expanded Learning Division of the California Department of Education and Anthony Urias, Site Coordinator, and Brad Lupien, President & CEO from arc.

In this chat, we discuss key updates on the education budget, which has now passed out of the Assembly and Senate Subcommittees Finance committees, and how they impact our Expanded Learning Programs, including an increase to the ASES and 21st CCLC Daily Rate to $10.75 and $3.3 Billion in new funding for an Expanded Learning program similar to ASES to support TK-6 programs.

We continue to celebrate the unprecedented investment in Expanded Learning – recognizing the essential role of these programs to support our youth, families, and communities. We also recognize that there is still the need to ensure these dollars are structured in such a way to truly leverage the investment and support our staff and all of our youth, including middle and high school students.

Access the newest report on Promoting Protective Factors in California’s Afterschool Programs