Advancing OST Policy


Advancing Out-of-School Time Policy

The California AfterSchool Network’s role in advancing OST policy is to provide data, develop field engagement strategy, participate in the CA3, and advocate for policy and funding.

In this section you can:

  • Access the Expanded Learning database (coming soon)
  • Stay current on state and federal legislative and budget information
  • Find research and resources to advocate for after school in CA

CAN’s Policy Framework
A Long-Term Vision to Guide Annual Priorities

Image of CAN's three policy framework pillars

CAN believes the Out-of-School-Time (OST) field, including Expanded Learning, plays an essential role in advancing the health and well-being of every child. To achieve this, CAN and our partners focus on fundamentally redesigning systems to expand access to high-quality programs, support and nurture our workforce, and strengthen and align resources for children, families, and communities. We advocate for policy changes that address the root causes of inequity and create a more just and equitable landscape for all children and youth.


Expanded Learning Database

The database is currently under construction.

When live, you will have access to Expanded Learning funding amounts and the estimated number of students served at a school site, school district, region, county, and state levels, as well as by CA and Federal Legislative District. Initially this will only include ASES and 21st CCLC Funding. ELO-P funding will eventually be added. For more information contact Leslye Lugo:


California Policy

Policy impacting Expanded Learning programs, and ultimately the children, youth, and families of California is shaped by the California State Legislature and California Executive Branch, most prominently the California Department of Education and the California Governor’s Office. Through legislation, budgets, and policies these entities set priorities for how the state invests resources to support these programs. 


Census 2020

Are you ready for the 2020 Census? Get prepared.

Afterschool Can Play a Role!

The U.S. census does more than just count us. Its impacts are far-reaching, shaping decisions about the services, businesses, and utilities that everyone relies on – including afterschool programs.