The Impact of Expanded Learning in California
News & 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.
Afterschool/Expanded Learning Specific
- American Institutes for Research - Recognizing the Role of Afterschool and Summer Programs and Systems in Reopening and Rebuilding
- EdSource - To reopen safely and responsibly, schools need their afterschool partners
- LIAS Blog - Re-Opening Afterschool: Priorities and Practice
- Alameda County Office of Education – Road to Re-Opening Workbook
- Los Angeles County Office of Education - Rising to the Challenge of COVID-19, A Planning Framework for the 2020-21 School Year
- Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) - School Reopening Report May 2020
- California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE) - Recovering and Improving Stronger: A Memo Outlining Recommendations to Support Short- and Long-Term Emergency Response Capacities Within California Schools
- American Institutes for Research - Navigating Summertime Experiences in 2020: Helpful Resources and Support for Program Providers
- Denver Afterschool Alliance – COVID-19 Summer Program Toolkit (and trainings)
Supporting SEL and the Whole Child During Re-Opening
- American Institutes for Research - COVID-19 and Whole Child Efforts
- CASEL – An Initial Guide to Leveraging the Power of Social and Emotional Learning As You Prepare to Reopen and Renew Your School Community
- Rennie Center – Back-To-School Blueprint (Current Action Guides Include Helping Students Heal from Trauma and Rebuilding Community)
Last Thursday, May 14, Governor Newsom released
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
- 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.