CAN Newsletter – Happy New Year!
January 13, 2022
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
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
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!
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:
There is a golden opportunity in California. In a guest blog post for Catalyst Center, our executive director, Jeff Davis goes into detail surrounding the unprecedented time and how it has affected education and how there is an opportunity to truly make the change for the whole child, family, and community with the circumstances we’re in. !
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.
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!
RAND’s report Summer for All: Building Coordinated Networks to Promote Access to Quality Summer Learning and Enrichment Opportunities Across a Community looks at how four cities coordinated the efforts of various players with a stake in summer to increase access to, and improve the quality of, summer learning opportunities.
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
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:
- $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
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!
Access the CAN newsletter archives to view past newsletters today! You may be interested in some of our other newsletters as well:
- Get informed on the connections between afterschool and Whole Child Health and Wellness.
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- Get informed about the Million Girl Moonshot project and access other STEAM resources.
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