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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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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.

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CAN Newsletter – Returning to School Safely
August 13, 2020

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.

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COVID-19 Guidance from CDE Expanded Learning Division
As of October 9, 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.

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Expanded Learning in CA: Fostering Success Among High-Need Students

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.