The Impact of Expanded Learning in California
News & Events
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Expanded Learning Workforce Implementation Committee (2020-2022)
Deadline: Thursday, September 24, 2020 by 5:00 pm
California currently provides funding for Expanded Learning (EXL) programs through two funding sources, the state funded After School Education and Safety (ASES) Program and the federally funded 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) Program. California is one of the largest providers of EXL in the country, serving over 800,000 students per year in grades kindergarten through twelve (K–12), in under-resourced communities across the state.
Save the Date: California Expanded Learning Summit
Together We Rise: United for California’s Recovery and the Reopening of Schools
This event is virtual – Registration will open soon!
October 13, 2020
9:00 am – 12:30 pm
No Longer Optional: Expanded Learning in School Reopening
Why and How Expanded Learning Partnerships are Essential to Achieving Equity in School Reopening and Recovery
Reopening schools in this chaotic environment in ways that center equity will unquestionably require an all-hands-on-deck approach. The massive task schools have in front of them is far beyond the capacity and resources they have at their disposal, and the systems of support they typically rely on are just as strained.
Exactly 5 months ago today many of us we entered into lockdown. Today, across the state, schools, expanded learning programs, students, families, and communities are busy preparing for the next school year and in fact, many have started this week (if not earlier). 2020 has certainly been a year unlike any other and this upcoming school year will be an unprecedented one as well.
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:
- EXLD Guidance - COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions 2020-21 (Aug 5, 2020)
- EXLD Guidance on Senate Bill 98 (July 20, 2020)
- Executive Order Extended Until June 30, 2020 (June 8, 2020)
- ASES Kids Code FAQ’s (June 1, 2020)
- Guidance on the Role of Expanded Learning Programs During the COVID-19 Crisis (April 30, 2020)
- EXLD Guidance – Extending Expanded Learning Grants and Attendance and Expenditure Reporting (April 27, 2020)
- EXLD Executive Guidance Order Memo (April 10, 2020)
- Executive Order Provides Flexibility to ASES and 21st CCLC Programs and Expands Access to Child Care for Essential Workers (April 4, 2020)
- EXLD Update on Grant Protection and Paying Program Staff and Partners (March 27, 2020)
The Expanded Learning Division continues to work on providing additional guidance related to expanded learning program grants. If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Throughout June, the Afterschool Alliance asked you to share your story of how COVID-19 has impacted afterschool and summer programs and the young people and families who rely on them to keep kids safe and engaged in learning.
The California Department of Education’s Expanded Learning Division is pleased to announce that the Expanded Learning in California: Fostering Success Among High-Need Students—2017 Executive Brief has been posted on CDE webpage.
This brief contains important information regarding the Findings and other information that was included in the Statewide Evaluation—“Characteristics of Schools and Students Participating in After School Program 2017 Report” that was posted in December 2019.