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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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CA3 California Afterschool Advocacy Alliance

CA Budget: Devastating Cuts Place Thousands of Children & Families at Risk
Monday, May 18, 2020

Last Thursday, May 14, Governor Newsom released his updated budget proposal. While we agreed with his statements about the need to mitigate learning losses, provide social and emotional support to students, and keep our public education system strong, his proposed $100 million cut to afterschool programs would be a huge setback for children and families in California who are already disproportionately affected by the current crisis. CA3 issued this statement in response.

This is not yet a done deal: we still have allies in the legislature working to protect families and the programs they count on every day. In fact, when we fought for critical afterschool funding in the past, increases came from the legislature, not the governor’s budget.

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Field Survey Has Launched to Collect Data on Expanded Learning Services during COVID-19

The Expanded Learning Division (EXLD) of CDE in partnership with CAN and the Glen Price Group has developed a survey for California’s Expanded Learning grantees to discover what services are being offered to students and families during the period of school closures due to COVID-19. We would also like to understand how Expanded Learning programs will be engaged with students and families when campuses reopen, and are working with their school districts regarding plans to reopen.

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May is Mental Health Matters Month #EachMindMatters

CAN Newsletter – May is Mental Health Awareness Month
May 13, 2020

Every year in May many promote mental health wellness and combating mental health stigma with Mental Health Awareness Month. This May, as we continue to experience the COVID-19 pandemic we have seen an increased focus on health worldwide, and recognition that health includes mental health. That being said, our field has long recognized the importance of supporting the social, emotional, and mental well-being of our youth, staff, families, and communities.

COVID-19 Resource Center

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Center

To support access to information about how best to respond to coronavirus disease, we are maintaining this page with links to resources published by state and federal agencies and other reputable sources. We also advise consulting your local school district and public health department for local information.

Additional resources are being curated and these webpages will be updated at least once a week.  


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.

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COVID -19 Guidance from CDE Expanded Learning Division
As of April 30, 2020

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.