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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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Let’s Talk About Universal Expanded Learning Programs
October 18, 2021

The ELO-P funding is an exciting opportunity – moving California closer to offering Universal Expanded Learning Programs! However, we know our field and the broader educational systems are faced with many challenges daily and it can be hard to navigate the waters of all that is happening! We wanted to provide a couple of quick resources to help support Expanded Learning programs as they work with their district partners. 

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Follow Up Interview with Santa Ana USD re ELO-P

Follow Up Interview with Santa Ana USD re ELO-P
Fireside Chat: October 15, 2021

Join us for our 35th fireside chat. In this follow up 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 Santa Ana Unified School District as they share about the new Expanded Learning Opportunities – Program (ELO-P) and how they are leveraging this exciting opportunity and funding to support students in their district in truly innovative and integrated ways.

SAUSD attendees include:

  • Diana Torres, Director of Elementary Education
  • David Richey, Executive Director of Support Services
  • Jennifer Cisneros, Director of Extended Learning

For more details on the SAUSD Planning Process check out Fireside Chat #34.

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STEAM Newsletter – Celebrating Girls in STEM!
October 21, 2021

This October we are celebrating girls and women in STEAM! “Let’s reimagine who can be an engineer; who can build; who can make. Let’s reimagine the future,” is the mission of the Million Girls Moonshot (MGM). As we celebrate the women in this field, it’s a perfect opportunity to explore MGM’s four transformative practices: 

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CAN Newsletter – Happy Autumn!
October 13, 2021

As we say goodbye to summer and start to transition into winter, we welcome the Fall Season. The leaves begin to change color, the weather gets a bit colder and the sun sets earlier in the day. October also marks National Disability Employment Awareness and National Youth Substance Use Prevention Month

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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.