CAN Newsletter – Happy Holidays from CAN!
December 12, 2023

CAN Newsletter

Holiday Card from CAN and the Leadership TeamIt’s the season for love and cheer! On behalf of the California AfterSchool Network and the CAN Leadership Team, we wish our CA Community of Educators during the core day and Out-of-School-Time/Expanded Learning hours a Happy Holiday! 

Reflecting on the year’s ups and downs, we are grateful for all the memories made this year. Though the end of a year might seem bittersweet, it’s a new start that brings clarity and hope. In true CQI fashion, we embrace the lessons learned in 2023 to get wisdom, inspiration, and joy in the new year!

Thank you for all you have done in 2023 to support children, youth, and families with the conditions to thrive! Wishing each of you a Happy Holidays & a peaceful New Year!

In Peace, Love and Cheer,

The CAN Team

In This Newsletter:

Happy 5th CANniversary Heather Williams!

Happy 5th CANniversary Heather Williams!
December 3, 2023

Happy 5th CANniversary to Heather Williams, our Director for Policy & Outreach! Heather joined the CAN Team in December 2018 and has helped shape our policy and communications work. As the Director for Policy & Outreach, Heather oversees our policy, research, events, communications, and graphic design work and more.

She always pushes her team to be the greatest version of themselves they can be! Thank you for being such a caring, innovative leader! 


See YOU at the 2024 Site Coordinator Symposium!
February 21, and 23-24, 2024

2024 Site Coordinating Symposium promo card The 2024 Site Coordinator Symposium is coming soon! We hope to see you there! 

General Registration is Open and closes on January 31, 2024!

  • Secure your spot at a great rate before General Registration closes on January 31st! 
  • We are happy to offer discounted rates for Site Coordinators and Direct-Service practitioners. Don’t miss out and register today!
  • Additional details and registration link
Spring Save the Date

Save the Dates for the Spring 2024 ELO-P Academy!
April 3, 4, 16, 18, 2024; 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 offer the 2024 Spring Expanded Learning Opportunities Program Academy! 

The virtual four-day academy is designed to support CA educators with the Expanded Learning Opportunities Programs (ELO-P). Participants will be able to 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. 

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New Requirements for ELO-P and ASSETs
Effective January 1, 2024

The California Department of Education is sharing an important update for Expanded Learning Opportunities Program (ELO-P) Recipients and 21st Century High School After School Safety and Enrichment for Teens (ASSETs) Grantees:

  1. Per California Education Code (EC), sections 46120(g)(7) and 42238.02(b)(1) Expanded Learning Opportunity (ELO-P) programs are required to prioritize enrollment for pupils who are English language learners, eligible for Free or Reduced-Price Meals, or foster youth. Additionally, EC Section 46120(b)(1) (A-B) requires local educational agencies (LEAs) to operate an ELO program on every school day and for at least 30 nonschool days.
Interview with CA EXL Leadership Awardees #4

Interview with CA EXL Leadership Awardees #4
Fireside Chat: December 5, 2023

Join us for Fireside Chat #58!

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). This chat wraps up a series of chats with the 2023 California Expanded Learning Leadership Awardees who were recognized earlier this year during the annual Lights On Afterschool celebration. In this first inspirational chat, we are joined by:

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California’s Expanded Learning Workforce
A State of the State Brief: September 2023

California’s Expanded Learning workforce provides critical opportunities to children and youth grounded in Positive Youth Development and the Science of Learning and Development, supporting their social, emotional, and physical development and well-being.

This State of the State Brief provides a high-level overview of the Expanded Learning workforce in California, the barriers that the field has historically faced, as well as the possibilities to create a thriving workforce.

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FREE Social Emotional Learning Course at UC Berkeley
Spring 2024

Receive the gift of mindfulness this holiday season! UC Berkeley Extension and School of Social Welfare, in collaboration with the Sacramento County Office of Education, and California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) CalHOPE Student Support Project, are offering FREE registration for their Social Emotional Learning Foundations course!

This is a 12-week, online graduate-level course, where you will learn about systemic social and emotional learning (SEL) and practical strategies to promote adult well-being and equitable, evidence-based SEL among school-aged children and youth.

To learn more about the course and join the waitlist, fill out this Google form.

*Use priority registration code: F23CDEEXP12

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Free CoP: Room to Breathe – California-Based Expanded Learning Educators
January 10, 17, 24, 31 from 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM PST

Join Greater Good Science Center for Room to Breathe, a FREE virtual Community of Practice for California-based expanded learning educators to envision, experience, and co-create caring, compassionate, equitable, and connected learning communities. 

This Community of Practice is a unique opportunity for you to experience greater well-being yourself, as an adult learner in a supportive community of expanded learning educators across California. In four immersive sessions, you will explore the science of well-being, experience evidence-based mindfulness and well-being practices, and find a deeper connection to our work and school communities.

Fees are fully covered for this month-long community of practice provided by the experts at the Greater Good Science Center. 

Four sessions on Wednesdays via Zoom: January 10, 17, 24, 31 from 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM (PT).

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California All Titles Conference
March 6-7, 2024; Los Angeles, CA

The California Department of Education (CDE) invites you to participate in the California All Titles Conference in Los Angeles, California on March 6—7, 2024. Join them for two days of informative workshops, inspiring keynote speakers, and networking opportunities with your colleagues at the CDE and in the field.

Participants will learn and engage with promising practices, practical strategies, and innovative ideas ranging from program support, accountability, and professional development, to supporting equitable learning experiences for all students.

Register by February 1, 2024!


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