CAN Newsletter – Connect. Convene. Inspire.
September 13, 2023

CAN Newsletter
Image of the CAN and ASAPconnect teams making hearts shapes with their hands.

As a Vehicle for Advocacy and a Conduit for Communications, CAN is excited to kick off a new year with high-quality, engaging, and energetic learning opportunities to connect and advance Out-of-School Time (OST) and Expanded Learning (EXL) Programs. 

As Districts, Schools, Community Partners, and Programs return, the CAN Team excitedly, along with our partners & friends, will be supporting the field with Virtual and In-Person convening opportunities, such as the 2023 Fall ELO-P Academy, 2023 Lights On Afterschool, the 2023 Site Coordinator Symposium, and more! Visit our CAN News and Upcoming Events sections below for details. 

Each of our upcoming events and workshops includes opportunities to build the capacity of program practitioners and leaders by promoting a shared vision of program quality, advancing a culture of continuous improvement in the OST field,  collectively addressing significant workforce needs, and advancing innovation in the OST field. We hope to connect with you throughout the year!

Lastly, you might remember in January, we invited our community to join us on a journey in Self-Care. We recognize a new school year can be exciting and adventurous, stressful and sometimes overwhelming trying to balance everything. So, we invite you to take a few moments with us, breathe, grab a pen or pencil, your journal, and take a moment for yourself. Below are a few journaling prompts you might consider:

  • What is something positive that happened today so far?
  • How can you incorporate at least 5 minutes to journal each day with your new schedule?
  • What makes you feel the most inspired?
  • What is your favorite form of self-care? Why?
  • What can you do today to take better care of yourself?
  • What brings you joy?

Remember, reflecting on your thoughts by journaling is a form of self-care that helps many people and can provide you the comfort of taking time for yourself in a way that feels productive. Learn more.

We hope you enjoy our September Newsletter!

In This Newsletter:

Promo Card for the 2023 Fall ELO-P Academy

Secure Your Spot for the 2023 Fall ELO-P Academy!
September 20, 21, 26, 27, 2023; 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The California AfterSchool Network, in partnership with the CA Dept. of Education’s Expanded Learning Division, is excited to kick off the new school year with the 2023 Fall Expanded Learning Opportunities Program Academy! 

The virtual four-day Fall ELO-P Academy is designed to support CA educators of all sectors to support and strengthen Expanded Learning Opportunities Programs (ELO-P). Participants can connect, learn, strengthen, and hear promising practices from our District, School, and Community Partner practitioners. Each day, we will focus on one specific hot topic of ELO-P based on the overall needs of the field. 

Michaiah Toney

Welcome Michaiah Toney!
CAN Team Member Welcome

We want to welcome the newest member of the CAN Team, Michaiah Toney! Michaiah is the Student Assistant for the Equity and Quality Team. 

She is pursuing her Associate’s Degree for Transfer (AS-T) in Business Administration at Folsom Lake College with plans to focus on marketing when transferring to a four-year university.

We are so excited for Michaiah to be part of the team! Access Michaiah’s Bio here

CAN Leadership Team logo.

Welcoming New CAN Leadership Team Members!

We are excited to kick off the 2023-24 year with new Leaders joining our CAN Leadership Team!

The CAN Leadership Team is the primary governing body of the California AfterSchool Network. The Leadership Team is responsible for providing leadership, strategic direction, and support to the committees and participants in the California AfterSchool Network. Learn more.  

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21st Century Request for Applications – Cohort 15
CDE Update: September 11, 2023

The Expanded Learning Division (EXLD) of the California Department of Education (CDE) is pleased to announce the release of the Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) and High School After School Safety and Enrichment for Teens (ASSETs) Programs Request for Applications (RFA) for funding beginning in the 2024–25 state fiscal year. The federal 21st CCLC Program is authorized by Title IV, Part B of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015.

Lights On Afterschool Flyer for 2023 with a grid of lightbulbs

Lights On Afterschool 2023
How Are You Celebrating?

#LightsOnAfterschool, the national showcase for Out-of-School Time & Summer Learning Programs, is around the corner! Sign up and see how you can join the nationwide celebration on October 26thLearn More!

There are many ways to participate in Lights On Afterschool! Visit our website to learn ways to celebrate and engage in Lights On Afterschool!

Invitation to the 2024 Site Coordinator Symposium

Registration & Room Block is Open for the 2024 Site Coordinator Symposium!
February 21, and 23-24, 2024

We are excited to announce a few important updates for the 2024 Site Coordinator Symposium - Agents of Change: Growing with Expanded Learning!

Presented by the 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. This hybrid conference will provide learning opportunities and lots of fun, virtually and In-Person. 


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