CAN Newsletter – Our Commitment to Whole Children, Whole Families, and Whole Communities
April 15, 2021

CAN Newsletter
In Lifting Others We Rise

Thank you for all the work you do each and every day for the children, youth, families, schools, and communities of California. As schools reopen, as we all prepare for summer, and as we continue to support the healing and recovery of those we serve and who need it most, we and those we serve also continue to endure so much.

We are heartbroken by acts of violence involving law enforcement, students, and community members in Minnesota, Virginia, and Tennessee. We acknowledge that these acts can add to the trauma and stress that already exists for those we serve. We hope you find useful resources below to support staff, children, youth, and families through these challenging times.

At CAN we will not rest until we attain equitable, just communities, where everyone is well known, well cared for, and prepared to thrive. We know that our efforts to advance positive youth development are only truly attainable when they take place in the context of these more equitable conditions. We remain committed to our advocacy and technical assistance to support safe, equitable, culturally relevant, anti-racist environments for thriving children and families.  We thank you for all you do every day to do the same.     

Resources to Support Educators:

Additional resources can be found in CAN’s Statement in Solidarity with Black Lives shared in June 2020.

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Register Today! A Whole Child Approach to the AB86 Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO) Grant Convening
For ALL California Educators and Education Leaders!

Wednesday, May 5, 2021: 9:00 AM- 3:00 PM

The CA AfterSchool Network is excited to collaborate with the CA Department of Education, Expanded Learning Division, and the CA Collaborative for Educational Excellence to offer ALL CA Educators and Educational Leaders, of all sectors, an opportunity to participate in a free virtual convening, to support A Whole Child Approach to the AB86 ELO Grant.  

Registration and Convening Details

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Whole Child Health and Wellness Strategic Direction and Call to Action
April 2021

CAN is excited to release our Statement of Strategic Direction Toward Equity-Driven Whole Child Health and Wellness. This document is a culmination of the work of the Whole Child Health and Wellness Collaborative (consisting of multi-sector stakeholders from health, mental health, social services, substance use prevention/intervention/treatment, education, expanded learning, and child and family advocacy) throughout 2020. The multi-sector-informed Statement of Strategic Direction outlines a vision where every child is well known, well cared for, and well prepared to thrive.  The statement also includes ”shared equity strategies” that can be implemented from the state to the site-level through cross-sector partnership with Expanded Learning Programs to meet critical needs and advance Whole Child Health and Wellness. It is accompanied by a shorter Call To Action

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Grant Extensions for Fiscal Year 2020-21

The California Department of Education, Expanded Learning Division is pleased to announce that the fiscal year (FY) 2020–21 After School Education and Safety, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, and the 21st Century High School After School Safety and Enrichment for Teens Program Grants will be extended until December 31, 2021.

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School Site Substitutions for FY 21-22

The California Department of Education (CDE), Expanded Learning Division, is providing the following guidance on school site substitutions for the fiscal year (FY) 2021–22. This guidance may be updated annually and should be responded to accordingly.

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Annual Performance Report (APR) Spring 2021

CDE is announcing the opening of the 2020–21 Annual Performance Report (APR) windows for submission.

Submission Windows

Summer 2020: Open May 5, 2021 to June 29, 2021 (Reporting data for May 1, 2020–August 31, 2020)—Grantees operating a summer program (summer/supplemental funding) need to complete this report. If you did not run a program during this time, please mark your sites inactive.

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Expanded Learning Opportunities Grant

On March 5, 2021, the Governor signed AB 86. This statute, amongst other provisions, provides funding to eligible local educational agencies (LEAs) to implement learning recovery programs.

To be eligible for funding, LEAs must implement a learning recovery program, that at a minimum, provides supplemental instruction, support for social and emotional well-being and; to the maximum extent permissible under the guidelines of the United States Department of Agriculture, meals and snacks to specified student groups (as defined in California Education Code Section 43522) who have faced adverse learning and social emotional circumstances.


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Miguel Cardona, Secretary of Education, shares a COVID-19 handbook released by the Department of Education to help implement guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Together, these guides will provide more evidence-based strategies for schools to minimize disruptions caused by school closures, especially for the most vulnerable students and communities and address the impact of COVID-19 on educational opportunity across communities.

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Together We Rise, Together We Thrive: Navigating High School in a New Era

Student Voice is is partnering with the Center for Public Research and Leadership (CPRL) and Minds Matter NYC to release Together We Rise, Together We Thrive: Navigating High School in a New Era.

In this resource, students can find tips direct from high schoolers about how to take care of themselves and stay organized, connected with friends, and on top of their academics during the pandemic. 

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Expanded Learning Time; An Ed Trust Brief

Research shows expanded learning time (ELT) is one approach to helping historically underserved students catch up to meet high standards. ELT encompasses programs or strategies implemented to increase the amount of instruction and learning students experience. ELT strategies are included in afterschool, summer, and in-school programs.

The Education Trust has published a new brief entitled Expanded Learning Time that focuses on ELT programs that significantly increase the amount of new math and/or English language arts instruction delivered to students.

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Podcast: Summer Learning’s Promise: a First Step to Post-Covid Healing

Tune in to EdSource’s latest This Week in California Education podcast episode where co-hosts John Fensterwald and Louis Freedberg hear from guests Jennifer Peck, president and CEO of  Partnership for Children and Youth, an organization championing high-quality learning opportunities, and Amanda Reedy, administrator of Gilroy Unified’s Power School and after-school programs, to look at opportunities and options for expanded summer learning.

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How Can Federal COVID Relief Be Used for Safe and Sustainable School Reopening

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) provides just over $170.3 billion to education, and on March 24, $81 billion was made immediately available to support safe and sustainable school reopening efforts. President Biden’s infrastructure plan may also provide funds to help repair crumbling classrooms, build new public school buildings, expand broadband, and upgrade educational infrastructure.

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The Students for Equitable Education Summit
Saturday, April 24, 2021; 8:00AM PST - Virtual

What are young people experiencing in classrooms today? What do educators see in their students? The Students for Equitable Education Summit hosted by Digital Promise aims to explore these questions and more to engage students, strengthen dialogue and collaboration between students and school staff, and spur a collective commitment to advance inclusive, anti-racist classrooms. 

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Upcoming Webinar: Cultural Crossroads: Exploring the important intersection of summer program training & design with the critical need to address race, equity, and inclusion
Wednesday, April 28, 2021; 11:00 AM PST

Breakthrough Collaborative has assembled a Race Equity Diversity & Inclusion (REDI) Workgroup of program leaders, staff, former teaching fellows and instructional coaches to host a webinar showcase the important role that Summer and extended learning programs play in providing a safe space for student learning and exploration, especially for BIPOC students.

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Grant Opportunity: Dr. Seuss Foundation
Deadline: May 1, 2021

The Dr. Seuss Foundation is seeking applications for its grant program to support improved literacy that introduces new skills and knowledge in the multi-layered worlds of the arts and humanities, health and well-being, animal welfare, and the environment.

Deadline for Letter of Intent submission: May 1, 2021, 5:00 PM PDT

For more information including the grant application process, visit

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Mind Out Loud
May 4-6, 2021; 3:30-5:00pm

Wellness Together School Mental Health, in partnership with the San Diego County Office of Education and the California Department of Education will host Mind Out Loud – a free three-day virtual event on May 4-6, 2021 from 3:30-5:00 p.m. for middle and high school students to convene and boldly discuss mental health. 

Connect with peers, hear from well-known speakers, be equipped with practical tools on increasing awareness and advocacy for your friends, and reduce the stigma associated with mental health.

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State and Federal Support for Expanded Learning Programs

Since the pandemic began, state and federal governments have appropriated billions in funding to reopen school campuses and provide expanded learning opportunities to support students’ social-emotional and academic recovery.

CA3 has developed a chart to help program providers advocate for funding as they plan for this summer and beyond. The chart lays out the different sources and types of funding from both the state and federal governments for expanded learning programs.

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Webinar Recording: Addressing the Impact of COVID-19 through Summer Learning and Enrichment

WestEd held a webinar to explore how summer learning and enrichment programs can be beneficial in meeting the social, emotional, mental health, and academic needs of students. 

Listen to the discussion that describes how American Rescue Plan funds can be used to support program design and implementation, and how these opportunities can be made available this summer and beyond by building district capacity, through philanthropy and community-based partnerships.

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Start Preparing for #SummerLearningWeek!
July 12-16, 2021

Summer may look different this year, but summer isn’t canceled. Summer programs are adapting and innovating to ensure students have the support and quality learning opportunities they need this coming summer. 

National Summer Learning Week, hosted by the National Summer Learning Association is a celebration dedicated to elevating the importance of keeping kids learning, safe, and healthy every summer, ensuring they return to school ready to succeed in the year.