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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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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


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CAN Newsletter – Celebrating Pride Month!
June 8, 2021

Say no to hate. Stick with love. Our work in youth development needs to be centered on equity; where we create, build, and maintain emotionally and physically inclusive spaces for ALL children and youth to learn, grow, and be unapologetically themselves.  

As we celebrate Pride Month, we also continue to stand in solidarity with our LGBTQ+ community of youth and adults. We support the work to outlaw discriminatory laws and practices against LGBTQ+ Americans, of all ages. In schools and OST programs, we have the opportunity to talk with young people about LGBTQ+ people and their struggles to achieve equity and justice in all aspects of their lives. It is also a great opportunity to learn about those who have created change in our communities. 

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Promoting Protective Factors in California’s Afterschool Programs
June 2021

This report was created by WestEd and commissioned by the California AfterSchool Network.

The report, drawing on data from the California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS), examines the extent to which afterschool programs* may help foster more protective factors among its participants compared to their peers who were not program participants. 

Below are some excerpts from the report that outline the Protective Factors Framework and key findings.

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Budget Updates

Budget Updates
Fireside Chat: May 26, 2021

Join us for our 29th 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 several members of the California Afterschool Advocacy Alliance.

In this chat, we discuss key updates on the education budget, which has passed out of the Assembly and Senate Subcommittees on Education Finance, and how they impact our Expanded Learning Programs, including an increase to the ASES and 21st CCLC Daily Rate to $10.75 and now a proposed $2.5 Billion in new funding for an Expanded Learning program similar to ASES. 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 youth. There are more than enough resources to stabilize existing programs and serve more students.

We need your help to:

  1. Support the Senate and Assembly’s proposal for daily rates (per pupil funding) for state and federally-funded programs.
  2. Ensure that we don’t leave out middle school and high school students.
  3. Build strong and sustainable community partnerships.

Text Your Budget Leaders

Text “CAAFTERSCHOOLWORKS” to 52886 or visit https://p2a.co/PlSXYSk to direct calls and tweets to key decision-makers.

Sign-On Letter Info:

Add your organization to the sign-on letter (http://bit.ly/MayReviseSOL), by sending your information by noon on Friday 5/28. Send this information to ben@partnerforchildren.org:

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Updates on Governor’s Budget Proposal

Updates on Governor’s Budget Proposal
Fireside Chat: May 21, 2021

Join us for our 28th fireside chat. In this chat, Heather Williams from the California AfterSchool Network and Michael Funk from the Expanded Learning Division of the California Department of Education are joined by Jennifer Peck of the Partnership for Children and Youth.

In this chat, we discuss key updates on the budget that impact our Expanded Learning Programs, including the Governor’s proposal for $1 Billion in funding for a new program and the ASES Daily Rate.

We 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 youth.

Stay tuned for a sign-on letter, social media language, and other tools to help elevate your voice!

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Policy Updates on Program Flexibility & AB86

Policy Updates on Program Flexibility & AB86
Fireside Chat: April 2, 2021

Join us for our 27th fireside chat. In this chat, Heather Williams from the California AfterSchool Network and Michael Funk from the Expanded Learning Division of the California Department of Education discuss several important policy updates on program flexibility for the 2021-2022 school year and on implementation and support of the AB 86 Expanded Learning Opportunity Grants.

Access More AB86 Details:

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Expanded Learning Opportunities Grant (AB 86) Plan Template and Instructions has Posted
March 26, 2021

The California Department of Education (CDE) has posted the Expanded Learning Opportunities Grant Plan template and instructions on the CDE’s website here: https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/he/hn/covidreliefgrants.asp. The Expanded Learning Opportunities Grant Plan must be completed by local educational agencies (LEAs) as a condition of receiving an Expanded Learning Opportunities Grant. 

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A Hub of Community Resilience: California’s Expanded Learning Programs Respond to Crisis
A State of the State Brief: December 2020

This State of the State Brief provides a high-level overview of the public investment in the Expanded Learning Infrastructure in California and how that system has been leveraged to respond to crises in the state, in particular the COVID-19 pandemic. Expanded Learning programs are a critical partner to help California respond to crises and ultimately build back stronger.  Pandemic or not, Expanded Learning programs need equitable and sustainable funding to ensure the economic success of young people and their futures, as well as the progress of California. An investment in Expanded Learning is an investment in our youth, our families, and our communities. 

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New Household Survey: California Is a ‘Top 10 State for Afterschool, ’ Even as Unmet Demand for Programs Increases
December 8, 2020

Student participation that exceeds the national average and overwhelming parent satisfaction with afterschool programs make California a “Top 10 State for Afterschool,” according to a household survey commissioned by the Afterschool Alliance and released today. Nevertheless, unmet demand for programs – the percentage of California parents who say they would enroll their child in an afterschool program if one were available to them – is high, especially among low-income families, who report cost as a significant barrier.

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COVID-19 Guidance from CDE Expanded Learning Division
As of March 1, 2021

Recent guidance from the California Department of Education Expanded Learning Division (EXLD) has

  • ensured grants remain intact,
  • programs will receive attendance relief for closures related to COVID-19,
  • grant reductions have been suspended, and
  • hourly employees and classified staff can continue to be paid.  

More specific details are outlined in the below links: 

The Expanded Learning Division continues to work on providing additional guidance related to expanded learning program grants. If you have any questions, please contact expandedlearning@cde.ca.gov.

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Meet Mizzen by Mott

As champions for children, you’re doing everything you can during this time to keep youth safe and continue to serve them. We also know you’re doing all you can to support your staff. You have risen to the challenge in every way. 

In support of your efforts, we have a new resource to share with you.

Mizzen by Mott is a new app built with and for afterschool professionals to provide high-quality, engaging learning content to the afterschool field.