CAN Newsletter – The 2024 Symposium Was a BLAST!
February 29, 2024

CAN Newsletter

We are still riding high on all the Symposium & Agents of Change love! The Symposium Planning Team, with support from the California AfterSchool Network, California Department of Education Expanded Learning Division, and the System of Support for Expanded Learning, convened the 7th annual Site Coordinator Symposium - Agents of Change: Growing with Expanded Learning, this past week, virtually on Wednesday, February 21, via Zoom and in person on Friday, February 23, and Saturday, February 24, 2024, at the Fresno Convention Center in Fresno, CA.

The Symposium offered 50+ workshops, 5+ plenary guest speakers, three evening community-building receptions, 25+ Partner Sponsors, and over 650 participants, virtually and in person. What an incredible event to support Site Coordinators and those who support Site Coordinators in our Expanded Learning and Our-of-School-Time spaces. We sincerely appreciate our Workshop Presenters, Guest Speakers, and the Symposium Planning Team! Special shout out to our Partner sponsors who continue to support CAN and Site Coordinators! 

Lastly, on behalf of CAN and the Symposium Planning Team, we hope the #CaSCsymposium provided attendees, especially site coordinators and direct-service practitioners, with a high-quality experience and opportunities to connect, build capacity, be seen, be heard, and celebrate! We hope to see you in Sacramento, CA, for the 2025 Site Coordinator Symposium on February 7 and 8, 2025! 

In This Newsletter:


Highlights & Resources from the 2024 Site Coordinator Symposium
February 21, 23-24, 2024

What an INCREDIBLE experience we had with all the dedicated folks who participated in the 2024 Site Coordinator Symposium! We are grateful for all of our 2024 Site Coordinator Symposium attendees, presenters, guest speakers, and planning team! Special shout out to our Partner sponsors who continue to support CAN and Site Coordinators! 

We hope the #CaSCsymposium provided attendees, especially Site Coordinators with a high-quality experience and opportunities to celebrate, connect, learn, be seen, and be heard. 


Happy CANniversary to our CAN Team Staff!
February 2024

February is an entire month of multiple CAN Staff Work Anniversaries, called ‘CAN’niversaries. Our team is a collective of humans who hold various roles to support the work of CAN and the Expanded Learning and Out-of-School-Time fields. Join us in celebrating the team below.

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School Site Substitutions for FY 24-25
February 9, 2024

The California Department of Education (CDE), Expanded Learning Division, is providing the following guidance on school site substitutions for the fiscal year (FY) 2024-25. This guidance may be updated annually and should be responded to accordingly. Grantees should note there is a single filing date of April 30, 2024, that must be adhered to. An approved school site substitution will be effective July 1, 2024. Grantees should refer to their board or governing entity regarding school closures for FY 2024-25.


New Partner Resources to Support TK Students in ELO-P

Universal Prekindergarten (UPK) planning and implementation in California has taken a collaborative approach. As part of this effort, the California Department of Education’s (CDE’s) Early Education Division and Expanded Learning Division (EXLD), in partnership with the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE), convened a small team in response to the growing need for ELO-P providers to serve California’s younger children as Transitional Kindergarten (TK) is fully implemented.

Working together with a wide range of stakeholders from both the Early Learning and Expanded Learning fields, including representatives from state agencies, county offices of education, districts, intermediary organizations, and funders, this team created resources to help Local Educational Agencies and their ELO-P partners prepare to serve our youngest learners effectively.

Learn more and access the resources.

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California Serves Grant Program
Applications due Monday, March 11, 2024; 4:00 PM

The California Department of Education (CDE), Professional Learning Support Division (PLSD) is pleased to announce that the Request for Applications (RFA) California Serves Grant Program is now available. 

The Budget Act of 2022 appropriated $5 million to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SSPI) to award grants to local educational agencies (LEAs) for the purpose of promoting access to effective service learning for students in grade twelve, with the goal of expanding access for high school graduates in obtaining a State Seal of Civic Engagement. Each award amount for the California Serves Grant shall be no more than $500,000. The SSPI is seeking grant applications in order to select LEAs for this grant program. 

To learn more and apply, visit the CDE website and read the file below.

Save the Date

California’s Expanded Learning Infrastructure: Partners in Health, Mental Health, and Substance Use Prevention, Intervention, and Treatment Webinar
Tuesday, March 27, 2024, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Join the California AfterSchool Network (CAN), the California Department of Education’s Opportunities for All Branch,  County Leads from the System of Support for Expanded Learning (SSEL) and other County Office of Education leaders, Advocates for Human Potential (AHP), the California Institute of Behavioral Health Solutions (CIBHS), and Community Based Organization leaders from the Boys and Girls Club to learn about the states vision for school-based wellness, and the potential of state, county/regional, and site-level partnerships to support access to school-based and school-linked health, mental health, and substance use prevention, intervention and treatment.

Spring 2024 ELO-P Academy invitation

Register for the Spring 2024 ELO-P Academy!
April 3, 4, 16, and 18, 2024 

CAN, in partnership with the CA Dept. of Education’s Expanded Learning Division, and the System of Support for Expanded Learning (SSEL) are excited to offer the 2024 Spring Expanded Learning Opportunities Program Academy! This virtual four-day academy is designed to support CA educators with the Expanded Learning Opportunities Programs (ELO-P). 

Academy Details

Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Daily 

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Order FREE COVID-19 Tests!
Order by February 29, 2024

The free At-Home COVID Testing Program is ending this February. Do not miss out on FREE COVID-19 tests for your household. Every home in the U.S. is now eligible to order an additional 4 FREE at-⁠home tests.

If you did not order tests this fall, you may place two orders for a total of 8 tests. You can order tests at


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