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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.


News and 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.

STEAM Newsletter
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STEAM Newsletter – Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month!
September 20, 2022

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.

CAN Newsletter
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CAN Newsletter – Supporting our Youth in the New School Year
September 13, 2022

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

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2023 Site Coordinator Symposium Announcements!
August 26, 2022

We are excited to announce a few important updates for the 2023 Site Coordinator Symposium!

2023 SC Symposium Invitation PDFThe 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 NetworkCalifornia 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.

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COVID-19 Resources for the New School Year!
September 2, 2022

Happy face with "Stay safe" underneathAs 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.

Health and Wellness Newsletter
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Health & Wellness Newsletter – Preparing for a Healthy New School Year
August 24, 2022

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.

CAN Newsletter
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CAN Newsletter – Heading Back to School!
August 9, 2022

Hello and welcome to the CAN Newsletter! For those who are new to the CAN Community, we would like to take an opportunity to introduce ourselves. The California AfterSchool Network’s mission is to provide the resources and support needed by the OST field and its partners across sectors to build high quality OST programs that improve the lives of California’s most vulnerable children, youth, families, and communities. CAN is “of the field and for the field,” is a catalyst of quality, a vehicle for advocacy, and a conduit for communications.

ELO-P Interview with Region 1, Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma-Marin

ELO-P Interview with Region 1, Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma-Marin
Fireside Chat: July 25, 2022

Join us for our 44th 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 two special guests from Region 1:

  • Melea Meyer, Region 1 STEAM Hub/ SSEL County Lead, Continuous Improvement: Innovation and Development
  • Michelle Edwards-Heery, Executive Vice President, Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma-Marin

This chat includes a quick update on the ELO-P apportionment rates for fiscal year 2022-23. We also dive into what LEA and CBO (community based organization) partnership can look like to support ELO-P implementation in a wide range of settings.

STEAM Newsletter
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STEAM Newsletter – To The Moon, Back, and now…Beyond
July 19, 2022

It was exactly 53 years ago astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin made history when they became the first human beings to set foot on the moon.  This month the Million Girls Moonshot and all of its parters commemorate that “giant leap for mankind” as it remains one of humanity’s greatest achievements. We look to the future, to the next generation of engineers and scientists. What will be their “giant leap”? And most importantly, how do we support young people on their journey in STEM?

CAN Newsletter
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CAN Newsletter – Summer is Here!
July 12, 2022

Happy Summer! For young people, summer can be full of outdoor play, camp experiences, trips, and vacations. However, for some youth and their families, especially those in underserved or under-resourced areas, summer might not include opportunities for those camp-like experiences or vacations.

Budget is Signed! and Other Leg Updates

Budget is Signed! and Other Leg Updates
Fireside Chat: July 1, 2022

Join us for our 43rd 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),.

The 22-23 budget has been signed! Hear the latest on what it means for the Expanded Learning in California. We also cover the latest on two pieces of legislation related to our Expanded Learning programs.

Access Budget and Legislation Information referenced below:

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Use Your Voice in the Power of Us 2022 Workforce Survey!

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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!

STEAM Newsletter
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STEAM Newsletter – Engineers and The Great Outdoors
June 28, 2022

For the month of June, the Million Girls Moonshot and all of its partners celebrate the amazing work that women engineers around the world are doing to support lives and livelihoods every day. This month, we are highlighting resources that program providers and others can utilize to profile the best, brightest and bravest women in engineering, the inventors and innovators who dare to be part of the solution and are helping to build towards a brighter future!

Health and Wellness Newsletter
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CAN Health & Wellness Newsletter – Improving Adolescent Mental Health
May 24, 2022

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. As we continue to live in the “new normal,” we have become aware of the unprecedented mental health crisis affecting our youth as well as adults. Use this month to learn about mental health and how to fight the stigma to help the ones in your community get the resources they deserve.

This month’s newsletter shares many resources on mental health: how to prioritize one’s mental health, resources for the classroom, and more. 

ELO-P: May Revise Budget & Policy Updates

ELO-P: May Revise Budget & Policy Updates
Fireside Chat: May 18, 2022

Join us for our 42nd 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 two of his staff: Sterling Williams and Jen Taylor.

Hear the latest on the Governor’s proposed May Revise budget and updated Trailer Bill Language and what it means for the Expanded Learning Opportunities Program!

While there’s lots of exciting news, there is also more action needed to ensure the success and sustainability of Expanded Learning programs in California – be on the lookout for more info coming soon!