CAN Newsletter – Happy Pride, Juneteenth, & Summer!
June 19, 2024

CAN Newsletter
"Where you see wrong or inequality or injustice, speak out because this is your country. This is your democracy. Make it. Protect it. Pass it on." — Thurgood Marshall

CAN is Committed to Equity and Justice. We stand in solidarity and celebrate Pride Month every June to honor the LGBTQ+ community’s triumphs, present struggles, and the ongoing fight for equality. Additionally, the Quality Standards for Expanded Learning in California highlight that quality programs create an environment in which students experience values that embrace diversity and equity regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, income level, national origin, physical ability, sexual orientation, and/or gender identity and expression. As leaders in our field, we seek to support these conditions for children, families, OST professionals, and communities. Download CAN’s Quality System.

The interesting intersection between Pride, Juneteenth, and the Black experience highlights that ”Marginalized identities don’t exist in a vacuum, no one holds just one predominant identity, and activism doesn’t encompass just a singular cause.”  Once we understand that the intersection of identities presents us with an opportunity to view the world through a more robust lens and to partner together in the fight for equality, we will be one step closer to actualizing a truly liberated and free society. Learn more

  • 23 Pride Month Ideas and Activities You Can Use to Celebrate at Work. Learn More
  • The Trevor Project provides digital support for LGBTQ+ young adults facing mental health crises.
  • Honor the historic independence from slavery in the United States with joyous celebrations across the Golden State. Learn More
  • Explore Juneteenth educational resource videos via PBS Learning. Learn More

As we kick off the Summer season, keep the spirit of curiosity alive this summer and explore how learning exists in everyday activities. “We believe that when kids continue learning during the summer, they are healthier, safer, and more prepared for the school year ahead.” The National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) works to ensure all of America’s students, regardless of background, income, or zip code, can access and benefit from a high-quality summer learning experience every year. Below are resources to support summer learning experiences:

  • NSLA’s Knowledge Center – a Hub of Resources to Support Learning – Access Resources 
  • NSLA Offers Digital Learning Resources to Underserved K-12 Students with AT&T’s Achievery. Learn More
  • Summer Learning with PBS Media: Find resources that encourage students in grades 6-12 to spend the summer asking questions, spinning stories, and exploring all the ways learning can be fun. Learn More.

In This Newsletter:

2025 Site Coordinator Symposium Save the Date

Save the Date for the 2025 Site Coordinator Symposium!
February 5, 7 & 8, 2025

The Site Coordinator Network is excited to announce the 8th Annual 2025 Site Coordinator Symposium!

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. 


  • Virtual (Via Zoom): February 5, 2025
  • In-Person: February 7-8, 2025
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Happy 4th CANniversary to Nat Rosales!
June 29, 2024

June 29th is Nat’s CANniversary! Nat joined the CAN team in 2020 as a Student Assistant and became a full-time team member in 2022 as a Coordinator for the Policy & Outreach Team. Nat is now a Specialist for the Policy & Outreach Team and leads our social media and graphic design work including building our capacity to ensure our content is accessible for all!

Thank you for being your authentic self, Nat!

Learn more about Nat here.

Policy Updates and Conversation with Vallejo Expanded Learning & Lead by Learning

Policy Updates and Conversation with Vallejo Expanded Learning & Lead by Learning
Fireside Chat: May 30, 2024

Join us for the 61st Fireside Chat!

 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). They provide updates on the Governor’s recently released May Revision of the budget for FY 24-25, and chat with Vallejo Expanded Learning and one of their partners Lead by Learning to learn more about their culture of supporting adult learners and building high-quality programs. Guests include:

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Fourth Quarter Expenditure and Second Semiannual Attendance Reporting Available in ASSIST!
CDE Update on June 18, 2024

The California Department of Education Expanded Learning Division recently informed Expanded Learning Grantees of the following updates and important due dates:

1. 4th quarter expenditure (April 1 – June 30) and the 2nd semiannual attendance (January 1 – June 30) reports have been released in the After School Support and Information System (ASSIST) and are due by July 31, 2024, for the After School Education and Safety (ASES), 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC), and the 21st CCLC High School After School Safety and Enrichment for Teens (ASSETs) program grants. 

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Reminder: ESSER III Summer Program Funding Obligation
Ending on September 30, 2024

The California Department of Education reminds Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) III Summer Grant Program Recipients of an important deadline. 

All Cohorts of ESSER III Summer funding (administered by the CDE Expanded Learning Division) will end on September 30, 2024. All funds must be obligated by September 30, 2024, and must be liquidated by January 28, 2025. Please refer to this link to the Code of Federal Regulations defining obligations at eCFR :: 34 CFR 76.707 — When obligations are made.

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Peer Power: Harnessing Workforce Dollars to Scale Youth Peer Support
Resources Now Available!

The L.A. Trust for Children’s Health in collaboration with the California Children’s Trust hosted a webinar on how investing in peer support can not only bolster mental health services, but also foster economic opportunity and diversity in the healthcare workforce. During the webinar, participants heard from a panel that included Long Beach Polytechnic, UNITE-LA, and the California AfterSchool Network.

The resources and recording from the webinar are now available!

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Play Day Week of Awareness
June 23 - June 29, 2024

Did you know that June 29th is Play Day also known as the National Day of Play? Join us in getting outside, getting active, and playing to celebrate the benefits of movements and youth sports for all kids!

As part of our Physical Health and Wellness Initiative and Play Day Celebration, we will be supporting the following cities: Chula Vista, Garden Grove, Riverbank and Sacramento. We can’t wait to see how you are going to celebrate Play Day!

Looking for inspiration on how you can bring Play Day to your program? Explore these resources below:

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Fall 2024 ELO-P Academy!
Details Coming Soon!

It’s official – the California AfterSchool Network, in partnership with the CA Dept. of Education’s Expanded Learning Division, will be co-hosting the Fall 2024 Expanded Learning Opportunities Program Academy!

Keep an eye out for details coming soon!


Calling All Afterschool Artists! Lights on Afterschool Poster Contest
Monday, July 15, 2024

The Lights On Afterschool poster contest is officially open! They are looking for any artwork that represents the spirit of afterschool programs. The winning submission will be awarded $500 and will have their design printed on more than 50,000 posters and displayed at more than 8,000 Lights on Afterschool events across the nation.

To learn more about the content and how to submit your artwork, visit the Afterschool Alliance website!

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June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month!

On June 28, 1970, on the one year anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, the first Pride marches were held in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. Thousands of LGBT+ people gathered to commemorate Stonewall and demonstrate for equal rights. The federal government first recognized June as Pride month in 1999.

This month, we recognize the importance of diversity, inclusivity, and acceptance, and we reaffirm our commitment to standing in solidarity with our LGBTQ+ friends, family, and colleagues. Happy Pride!


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