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Welcome to this month’s Health & Wellness newsletter! As we enter this holiday season, it is important to prioritize all aspects of your health: physical, mental, and emotional.
As the days get shorter and the nights get longer, check in with your community. Seasonal depression, or it’s clinical term: Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), is a type of depression that occurs with the changing of the seasons that affects up to 10% of the United States population.
November is a busy month full of celebration. It is National Native American Heritage month and November 8th was National STEM Day. As a partner of Million Girls Moonshot, the California AfterSchool Network is helping close the gap to make STEAM learning more equitable and accessible to marginalized and all youth. All month long we honor the contributions of Indigenous peoples past and present to STEM.
Gratitude and Reflection - As we embrace the season of gratitude & reflection, we would like to express our immense gratitude for each of you and the tremendous work you do to support children, youth, and families!
Register TODAY for the 2022 FALL ELO-P Workshop!
Thursday, November 10, 2022; 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM PST
The California AfterSchool Network (CAN) and California Department of Education (CDE), Expanded Learning Division (EXLD) are excited to offer a free & virtual Expanded Learning Opportunities Program (ELO-P) workshop for CA educators of all sectors. Participants will have the opportunity to further plan, learn, and enhance ELO-P efforts.
Time is running out to complete the Power of Us Survey! Please see the resources below with survey information and details, along with potential incentives to encourage folks to complete today! Use your voice and represent CA in a Nationwide survey to learn about the professionals and volunteers that support young people in all settings outside of the classroom.
Check out the resources below!
Help make change in CA by using your voice in the Power of Us 2022 Workforce Survey!
Millions of professionals and volunteers work with young people every day in the many settings where youth play, learn, and grow outside of the school day. Yet, we have little collective information about this essential workforce. You can help change this!
Power of Us wants to know more about those who are still in the youth fields and those who left, so that they can explore, define, and elevate this collective workforce and their work with youth. The information from the Power of Us Workforce Survey can also lead to action, informing policy, practice, and further research to better support the workforce.
CAN is excited to announce we are hiring a Specialist and Coordinator to join the CAN team!
For both roles, we are looking for someone with the following qualities:
California Expanded Learning Leadership Awards 2022; A Lights on Afterschool Celebration
Monday, October 17, 2022; 11 AM - 12 PM PST
The California AfterSchool Network, California Department of Education, and System of Support for Expanded Learning recognized and celebrated leaders across the state!
Watch the event and learn more about these incredible leaders and their work.
October is National Farm to School Month! This month is dedicated to celebrate food education, schools gardens, and lunch trays filled with healthy, local ingredients.
October is National Bullying Prevention Month and focuses on raising awareness of bullying. During this month, many groups across the country will release new resources, campaigns, and efforts aimed at bringing awareness to the issue of bullying. As CA Expanded Learning and Out-of-School-Time programs work to transform schools and communities, we have the responsibility to educate ourselves and our teams about anti-bullying prevention and intervention.
October is #GirlsLeadSTEM month! Launched in June 2022, #GirlsLeadSTEM is a national public awareness campaign to elevate the diverse voices of young women and girls in STEM, especially those who are marginalized. Through a collective voice, #GirlsLeadSTEM will celebrate the girls who lead their STEM journeys and raise their voices to inspire and share their perspectives on what’s needed to close the gaps in STEM.
Join us in the celebration by sharing quotes and stories that highlight youth voices on social media using the hashtag #GirlsLeadSTEM!
Join us for our 46th Fireside Chat!
In this chat, Heather Williams from the California AfterSchool Network is joined by Michael Funk, Director of the Expanded Learning Division of the California Department of Education (EXLD) and special guests as they explore a literacy partnership in OST:
September is National Recovery Month. More than 20 million people are recovering from substance use disorders in the United States. By bringing awareness to substance abuse and recovery, we can commit to helping prevent substance abuse disorders, supporting those who are still struggling, and providing people in recovery with the resources they need to live full and healthy lives.
Recovery doesn’t happen overnight, and we are here to support all that take part in the journey.
It is Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15)! Representation is crucial to helping students feel like they belong. To help students see themselves with a future in STEM and to broaden their understanding of science history, Million Girls Moonshot has compiled a multitude of resources that focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Welcome to the new 2022-23 school year! We hope children youth, families, and educators all have a positive, engaging, fun year of learning and community-building. In this newsletter, we are happy to share professional development resources to support students in the new school year, an article on LGBTQ+ rights and resources to join us in supporting Orange Shirt Day.
Join us for our 45th Fireside Chat!
In this chat, Heather Williams from the California AfterSchool Network is joined by Michael Funk, Director of the Expanded Learning Division of the California Department of Education (EXLD) and special guests:
We are excited to announce a few important updates for the 2023 Site Coordinator Symposium!
The Site Coordinator Symposium is an annual convening designed to support CA Site Coordinators and Expanded Learning (EXL) / Out of School Time (OST) educators and partners with a unique opportunity to learn from their peers, colleagues, and other experts in the field. This event is presented by the California Site Coordinator Network and supported by the California AfterSchool Network, California Department of Education Expanded Learning Division, and the System of Support for Expanded Learning.
2023 Symposium Updates
1. The 2023 Symposium will provide hybrid opportunities, both in-person and virtually.
- Virtual Symposium: Wednesday, February 15, 2023
- In-Person Symposium: Friday, February 17 - Saturday, February 18, 2023
*Schedule is subject to change.
As a conduit for communications, CAN is committed to providing Expanded Learning (EXL), Out-of-School-Time (OST), and other educator practitioners with information and resources to support children, families, and communities with a safe return to the new school year. COVID is still alive and infecting our communities. To help mitigate the spread of COVID and promote Health & Wellness, we are sharing a mini-newsletter with recent information and resources from a variety of CA departments and agencies.
The Expanded Learning Division (EXLD) is pleased to announce the posting of the Intent to Award for the After School Education and Safety (ASES) Program located on the California Department of Education (CDE) web page at Funding Results: After School Education and Safety (CA Dept of Education).
Welcome to this month’s Health & Wellness Newsletter! The start of a new school year is a busy time for families, students and teachers. Parents are focused on gathering all of the essentials their kids will need for the first time at school or entering a new grade, teachers are busy preparing their classrooms for in-person instruction, and kids are excited to see their friends again! For all, it’s an important time to rejoin the activities that enrich their lives.