CAN Newsletter – Happy Autumn!
October 13, 2021

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As we say goodbye to summer and start to transition into winter, we welcome the Fall Season. The leaves begin to change color, the weather gets a bit colder and the sun sets earlier in the day. October also marks National Disability Employment Awareness and National Youth Substance Use Prevention Month

We invite you to check out our October installment of CAN’s Equity Evolution below, featuring a blog from our team member Nat Rosales, reflecting on National Disability Employment Awareness and Ableism. 

Additionally, as part of implementation efforts to advance a Strategic Direction Toward Equity-Driven Whole Child Health and Wellness, CAN is in our second year of the California Youth Opioid Response (YOR) Project. The YOR California project envisions a California in which youth with opioid and stimulant disorders can access a continuum of effective youth-specific prevention, early intervention, treatment, and recovery services. We are working with our Expanded Learning Program partners in Central and Southern CA, and local health, mental health, and substance use intervention and treatment agencies to increase access to screening, intervention, and treatment, including Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for Opioid/Stimulant addiction. One of CAN’s project objectives is to create a resource from our learnings that will be shared widely, including through a statewide virtual convening in August 2022. Stay tuned! In the meantime, we have listed resources below to support educators and community members with youth substance abuse and misuse prevention.

YOR California Resources:

Additional Resources:


As always, thank YOU for all you do to support young people!

In Partnership,

The CAN Team

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CA Celebrates the 2021 Lights On Afterschool!
October 28, 2021

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Join CAN and thousands of communities in celebrating and rallying for afterschool programs as the Afterschool Alliance organizes the 22nd annual Lights On Afterschool!

Lights On Afterschool (LOA) is three weeks away and we have been eagerly updating our website and sharing resources and updates on our website and social media platforms. In case you missed our recent LOA Special Newsletter sent last week, we shared a few updates, please see below:


Join us at the Hybrid 2022 Site Coordinator Symposium: Back to the Future!
February 2- February 5, 2022

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The CA Site Coordinator Network, in support of the California AfterSchool Network, California Department of Education Expanded Learning Division, and the System of Support for Expanded Learning, invite you to the 5th Annual Site Coordinator Symposium! At this time, this year’s Symposium will be a hybrid conference, with virtual and in-person opportunities at the SAFE Credit Union Convention Center in Sacramento, CA. We recently shared Site Coordinator Symposium updates, but in case you missed it, please see below!

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APR-Spring 2021 Window Is Open

The California Department of Education, Expanded Learning Division is announcing the Spring 2021 opening of the 2020–21 Annual Performance Report (APR) windows for submission.

Submission Windows

Spring 2021: Open September 1, 2021, to December 14, 2021 (Reporting cumulative data for Fall and Spring)


The 21st Century Annual Performance Report (21APR) is a data collection tool administered by the U.S. Department of Education for all 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) grantees. The California Department of Education (CDE) may withhold payment or terminate grants if the APR is not submitted by the deadline. Grantees are responsible to report the following data for their 21st CCLC programs (core grant/school sites only):

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Release of the 21st Century Request for Applications-Cohort 13

The Expanded Learning Division (EXLD) of the California Department of Education (CDE) is pleased to announce the release of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Elementary/Middle Program and the 21st Century High School After School Safety and Enrichment for Teens (ASSETs) Program Request for Applications (RFA) for funding beginning in the 2022–23 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.

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Out-of-School Time Programs: Helping Children Find Passion, Purpose and Voice

New research sheds light on how parents, teachers, and OST providers perceive the value of out-of-school time (OST) in children’s social, emotional, and academic development.​

Edge Research, in conjunction with Learning Heroes, a nonprofit dedicated to elevating the voice of parents in education, was commissioned by Wallace to explore the unique, differentiated role OST programs play in youth development compared with home and school, how parents assess quality in OST programs and the impact of COVID-19.


Design Principles for Community-Based Settings: Putting the Science of Learning and Development Into Action

The Forum for Youth Investment in partnership with Learning Policy Institute and Turnaround for Children and in association with the SoLD Alliance has recently released a new playbook entitled Design Principles for Community-Based Settings: Putting the Science of Learning and Development Into Action.

This playbook points to principles to nurture innovations and effective school models that advance this change. It provides a framework to guide the transformation of k-12 settings, as it illustrates how practitioners can implement structures and practices that support learning and development through the framework. 

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Apply to be part of the Youth Advocacy Panel!
Deadline: Friday, October 15, 2021

The CDE has launched a Youth Advisory Council (YAC) to advise policymakers and interested parties on educational issues affecting young people. Under the Department’s Equity Branch, the YAC will be representative of a diverse spectrum of young voices from across the state. Among other tasks, the YAC will assess topics and educational resources and take part in policy development to create equitable change with local and state government officials.


Building Bridges to Healthy & Resilient Communities Conference!
November 2 - 4, 2021

The California School-Based Health Alliance will co-host with REL West. the 2021 virtual statewide school health conference – Building Bridges to Healthy & Resilient Communities. 

This conference will offer care providers, educators, and advocates to connect and learn about School-Based Health Centers (SBHCs) and how they are key to building health and education equity for California’s children and youth.


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