CAN Newsletter – Happy New Year!
January 13, 2022

CAN Newsletter
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Happy 2022! The California AfterSchool Network team would like to wish each and every one of you a happy and healthy new year! 

We are grateful for a new year and new opportunities, and we realize the year has started off quite bumpy with the COVID 19 Omicron variant and its impacts on California communities and across the nation. We are hopeful things will start to settle down and improve enough to allow schools and programs to effectively and appropriately support children, youth, and families in our CA communities.

In the past few months, the CAN Design Team, a cross-team of Communications and Quality & Equity CAN Staff, dedicated time and efforts to enhance CAN’s Branding elements. One of our projects was updating our Newsletters with customized headers and sub-headers. Our objective in creating these intentional designs was to enhance our subscriber’s reading experience as they navigate and explore the content in our General, STEAM, and Health & Wellness monthly newsletters. we are excited to start a new year and launch our new Newsletters – we hope you enjoy them!

Reflecting on the past year, considering possibilities, and setting intentions for 2022, let’s re-imagine a new beginning, “In our (Expanded Learning/OST) perfect ways. In the ways we are beautiful. In the ways we are HUMAN. We are HERE. Happy New Year’s. Let’s make it ours!” -Beyonce


In Peace and Health,

The CAN Team

In This Newsletter:

Register for the ELO-P event!

Registration is Now Live! ELO-P Planning Workshop
Wednesday, January 19, 2022; 9:00 AM -11:00 AM

Registration for the ELO-P Planning Workshop event is now live! 

The ELO Program Planning Workshop will provide the latest details on the Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO) Program. The two hour workshop will consist of two 1 hour sessions, each with the majority of the time spent in an interactive breakout session. Feel free to join for just one or both of the sessions:

  • Session A: 9:00 – 10:00 AM
  • Session B: 10:00 – 11:00 AM

Access more event info.

Register today!

Symposium Invitation with Updated Dates

Postponement of the 2022 Site Coordinator Symposium
New Dates: Tuesday, June 14 - Friday, June 17, 2022

After careful consideration, due to the COVID 19/Omicron variant’s surge and impact on our communities and our workforce, the California AfterSchool Network (CAN) and the Site Coordinator Symposium Planning Team (SPT) have decided to postpone the hybrid 2022 Site Coordinator Symposium: Back to the Future on Feb 2 – 5. 2022.

The new dates will be Tuesday, June 14 – Friday, June 17, 2022. 

Additional information and details coming soon! 


Governor’s Proposed Budget for 2022-23
January 12, 2022

Image of Gov. Gavin Newsom standing at a podium during a news conference.Governor’s Proposal Has Billions in Education & Other Child Investments

On Monday, January 10, California Governor Newsom released his proposed budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022-23.

With unprecedented funding available for CA’s budget, there are again significant increases in the K-12 budget and other budgets that support California’s children and families.

A few highlights specifically for Expanded Learning include:

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Equity Evolution: CAN’s Growth Story
Vol. 5

The Journey of the Youth Development Field is an Equity Journey 

As we look to a new year it will be full of opportunity. Each new year creates an opportunity to look back and reflect on where we have been and where we are going. As our field continues to expand in the coming years, it will be important to consider our journey to promote positive youth development as an equity journey.

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Webinar Recording: Tapping Federal Funds to Support Principals

The recording for the Wallace Foundation’s webinar Paying for Principal Pipelines is here! Learn how to tap into federal funds to support principals and raise student achievement. 

They also premiered a new tool designed to help districts identify what federal funds, including the American Rescue Plan Act, can be used to help cultivate and support schools leaders. 

Download the slides from the webinar below!

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Learning Together SEL Workshop Series
January 25 + February 1, 8, 15, 2022; 9:00-11:00am PST

Join CASEL’s Leading Schoolwide SEL: Preparing for the Journey Ahead workshop series on social and emotional learning to help you plan, sustain, and continuously improve systemic SEL implementation throughout your school community. 

The live virtual series will be taking place on the four following Tuesdays from 9:00-11:00am PST:

  • January 25
  • February 1
  • February 8
  • February 15

Learn more about the live series vs. on-demand series and register here!

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Grant Opportunity: Aim High Grant
Application Deadline: Tuesday, February 1, 2022; 2:00pm PST

The New York Life Foundation is seeking applications from afterschool, summer, or expanded learning programs serving middle school youth. A total of 40 grant awards will be made nationwide from 3 tiers:

Grant categories:

  • $100,000 Level
    • Ten (10) grants of $50,000 per year over the span of two years (for a total award of $100,000) will go to OST programs with annual program budgets of $250,000 or more and annual
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January is National Mentoring Month!

January is National Mentoring Month! Mentoring is an important component of positive youth development, promoting academic success, engagement in extracurriculars, and connections to new opportunities. Explore these resources from Mentor California to see how you can #AmplifyMentoring in your communities this month and beyond! 


Check Out Our Other Newsletters!

Access the CAN newsletter archives to view past newsletters today! You may be interested in some of our other newsletters as well:

CAN Health and Wellness Newsletters

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CAN STEAM Newsletters​

  • Get informed about the Million Girl Moonshot project and access other STEAM resources.
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CAN Policy Newsletter

  • Get informed about policy-related content, including national, state, and local updates, that supports our Expanded Learning programs.
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