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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.


News and Events

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.

Health and Wellness Newsletter

Health & Wellness Newsletter – Prioritizing Health this Season
November 22, 2022

Welcome to this month’s Health & Wellness newsletter! As we enter this holiday season, it is important to prioritize all aspects of your health: physical, mental, and emotional.

As the days get shorter and the nights get longer, check in with your community. Seasonal depression, or it’s clinical term: Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), is a type of depression that occurs with the changing of the seasons that affects up to 10% of the United States population.

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STEAM Newsletter – Broadening STEM Access for All
November 15, 2022

A student looks for a chemical reaction in a beaker during an experiment.November is a busy month full of celebration. It is National Native American Heritage month and November 8th was National STEM Day. As a partner of Million Girls Moonshot, the California AfterSchool Network is helping close the gap to make STEAM learning more equitable and accessible to marginalized and all youth. All month long we honor the contributions of Indigenous peoples past and present to STEM.

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Register TODAY for the 2022 FALL ELO-P Workshop!
Thursday, November 10, 2022; 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM PST

You are invited to the 2022 Fall ELO Program WorkshopThe Fall ELO Program workshop is just around the corner! Space is limited, reserve your spot ASAP!

The California AfterSchool Network (CAN) and California Department of Education (CDE), Expanded Learning Division (EXLD) are excited to offer a free & virtual Expanded Learning Opportunities Program (ELO-P) workshop for CA educators of all sectors. Participants will have the opportunity to further plan, learn, and enhance ELO-P efforts.

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Complete the Power of Us Survey TODAY!
Deadline: December 31, 2022

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Time is running out to complete the Power of Us Survey! Please see the resources below with survey information and details, along with potential incentives to encourage folks to complete today! Use your voice and represent CA in a Nationwide survey to learn about the professionals and volunteers that support young people in all settings outside of the classroom.

Check out the resources below!


Deadline Approaching for the Power of Us Survey!
Complete by December 31, 2022

Help make change in CA by using your voice in the Power of Us 2022 Workforce Survey!

Power of Us Survey logoMillions of professionals and volunteers work with young people every day in the many settings where youth play, learn, and grow outside of the school day. Yet, we have little collective information about this essential workforce. You can help change this!

Power of Us wants to know more about those who are still in the youth fields and those who left, so that they can explore, define, and elevate this collective workforce and their work with youth. The information from the Power of Us Workforce Survey can also lead to action, informing policy, practice, and further research to better support the workforce.

Join Our Team! We are hiring for multiple roles. Learn more and apply now!

Join the CAN Team!
October 2022

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

For both roles, we are looking for someone with the following qualities:

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CAN Newsletter – #AllKidsSafeAndWell
October 13, 2022

#AllKidsSafeandWell graphicOctober is National Bullying Prevention Month and focuses on raising awareness of bullying. During this month, many groups across the country will release new resources, campaigns, and efforts aimed at bringing awareness to the issue of bullying. As CA Expanded Learning and Out-of-School-Time programs work to transform schools and communities, we have the responsibility to educate ourselves and our teams about anti-bullying prevention and intervention.

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STEAM Newsletter – #GirlsLeadSTEM

October is #GirlsLeadSTEM month! Launched in June 2022, #GirlsLeadSTEM is a national public awareness campaign to elevate the diverse voices of young women and girls in STEM, especially those who are marginalized. Through a collective voice, #GirlsLeadSTEM will celebrate the girls who lead their STEM journeys and raise their voices to inspire and share their perspectives on what’s needed to close the gaps in STEM.

Join us in the celebration by sharing quotes and stories that highlight youth voices on social media using the hashtag #GirlsLeadSTEM!

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Health & Wellness Newsletter – Celebrating National Recovery Month!
September 27, 2022

September is National Recovery Month. More than 20 million people are recovering from substance use disorders in the United States. By bringing awareness to substance abuse and recovery, we can commit to helping prevent substance abuse disorders, supporting those who are still struggling, and providing people in recovery with the resources they need to live full and healthy lives.

Recovery doesn’t happen overnight, and we are here to support all that take part in the journey.

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STEAM Newsletter – Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month!
September 20, 2022

It is Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15)! Representation is crucial to helping students feel like they belong. To help students see themselves with a future in STEM and to broaden their understanding of science history, Million Girls Moonshot has compiled a multitude of resources that focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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CAN Newsletter – Supporting our Youth in the New School Year
September 13, 2022

Welcome to the new 2022-23 school year! We hope children youth, families, and educators all have a positive, engaging, fun year of learning and community-building. In this newsletter, we are happy to share professional development resources to support students in the new school year, an article on LGBTQ+ rights and resources to join us in supporting Orange Shirt Day

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2023 Site Coordinator Symposium Announcements!
August 26, 2022

We are excited to announce a few important updates for the 2023 Site Coordinator Symposium!

2023 SC Symposium Invitation PDFThe Site Coordinator Symposium is an annual convening designed to support CA Site Coordinators and Expanded Learning (EXL) / Out of School Time (OST) educators and partners with a unique opportunity to learn from their peers, colleagues, and other experts in the field. This event is presented by the California Site Coordinator Network and supported by the California AfterSchool NetworkCalifornia Department of Education Expanded Learning Division, and the System of Support for Expanded Learning

2023 Symposium Updates

1. The 2023 Symposium will provide hybrid opportunities, both in-person and virtually.

  • Virtual Symposium: Wednesday, February 15, 2023
  • In-Person Symposium: Friday, February 17 -  Saturday, February 18, 2023

*Schedule is subject to change.

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COVID-19 Resources for the New School Year!
September 2, 2022

Happy face with "Stay safe" underneathAs a conduit for communications, CAN is committed to providing Expanded Learning (EXL), Out-of-School-Time (OST), and other educator practitioners with information and resources to support children, families, and communities with a safe return to the new school year. COVID is still alive and infecting our communities. To help mitigate the spread of COVID and promote Health & Wellness, we are sharing a mini-newsletter with recent information and resources from a variety of CA departments and agencies.

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Health & Wellness Newsletter – Preparing for a Healthy New School Year
August 24, 2022

Welcome to this month’s Health & Wellness Newsletter! The start of a new school year is a busy time for families, students and teachers. Parents are focused on gathering all of the essentials their kids will need for the first time at school or entering a new grade, teachers are busy preparing their classrooms for in-person instruction, and kids are excited to see their friends again! For all, it’s an important time to rejoin the activities that enrich their lives.