CAN Newsletter – Spring into Events Season!
March 12, 2024

CAN Newsletter
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With Spring Equinox around the corner, you know what that means… events season is here! CAN is excited to participate in multiple convenings in Spring and Summer! In case you missed it, we are wrapping up day two of the 20th annual California Afterschool and Summer Challenge in Sacramento. Hosted by CalSAC, CAN is a proud partner of the annual statewide Challenge, which educates and empowers professionals, youth, and families to engage in grassroots advocacy.

You don’t want to miss our upcoming webinar, California’s Expanded Learning & Partners in Health, Mental Health, and Substance Use Prevention, on March 27, 2024, and our Spring 2024 ELO-P Academy! Details and registration are included in this newsletter. We hope you can join us! 

Learn more about the Events we will participate in and engagement opportunities in our post below. Lastly, don’t forget to follow us on our social media platforms to stay connected on all the things! Happy Spring! 

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CAN On the Move
March 2023

Join us in celebrating new professional milestones for our CAN team members:

  • Lupita Perez has been promoted to Senior Specialist, Equity & Quality. Lupita joined the CAN team in 2021 as a Coordinator for the Equity & Quality team. Lupita leads our Million Girls Moonshot CoP and supports the Site Coordinator Network and workforce and quality initiatives.
  • Bill Fennessy has been promoted to Senior Specialist, Equity & Quality. Bill joined the CAN team in 2022 as a Specialist for Equity & Quality. Bill supports our apprenticeship work as well as workforce and quality initiatives.

Congratulations, Lupita and Bill!

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Find Us This Spring & Summer!
March - July 2024

CAN is excited to kick off the 2024 event season and participate in multiple convenings in the upcoming Spring and Summer months! Our Team hopes to ‘CAN’nect with you in one or more of the events highlighted below. 

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First Look at Budget Trailer Details 2024-2025
February 2024

Every January, California’s Governor announces his proposed budget for the upcoming year, and Governor Newsom released his 2024-25 proposed budget on January 10, 2024. In case you missed it, click here for our post with more details on his proposed budget.

The Governor’s proposed budget in January typically requires changes to existing law in order to implement these budget changes. If changes are necessary, separate budget implementation bills or “trailer bills” are introduced in order to implement the change.

Explore the full First Look at Budget Trailer Details 2024-2025 post here.

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UPK/TK Programming in Expanded Learning

Universal Prekindergarten (UPK) planning and implementation in California has taken a collaborative approach. As part of this effort, the California Department of Education’s (CDE’s) Early Education Division and Expanded Learning Division, in partnership with the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE), convened a small team in response to the growing need for ELO-P providers to serve California’s younger children as Transitional Kindergarten (TK) is fully implemented.

Working together with a wide range of stakeholders from both the Early Learning and Expanded Learning fields, including representatives from state agencies, county offices of education, districts, intermediary organizations, and funders, this team created resources to help Local Educational Agencies and their ELO-P partners prepare to effectively serve our youngest learners.

Explore the resources on our Serving UPK/TK Webpage.


Summer Game Plan Series
March - April 2024

Join Partnership for Children & Youth for the upcoming webinars part of their Summer Game Plan Series:

  • Summer Synergy: Strengthen Ties with Enrichment Organizations and Community Partners | Thursday, March 14, 1-2:30 PM
  • Bright Beginnings: Enriching Summers for Early Learners | Thursday, March 21, 1-2:30 PM
  • NEW! Thriving Together: Building Resilient Summer Teams through Recruitment, Training, and Retention | Thursday, April 25, 1-2:30 pm

Read detailed descriptions and register for each workshop on the PCY website.

Save the Date

California’s Expanded Learning Infrastructure: Partners in Health, Mental Health, and Substance Use Prevention, Intervention, and Treatment Webinar
Tuesday, March 27, 2024, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Join the California AfterSchool Network (CAN), the California Department of Education’s Opportunities for All Branch,  County Leads from the System of Support for Expanded Learning (SSEL) and other County Office of Education leaders, Advocates for Human Potential (AHP), the California Institute of Behavioral Health Solutions (CIBHS), and Community Based Organization leaders from the Boys and Girls Club to learn about the states vision for school-based wellness, and the potential of state, county/regional, and site-level partnerships to support access to school-based and school-linked health, mental health, and substance use prevention, intervention and treatment.

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Register for the Spring 2024 ELO-P Academy!
April 3, 4, 16, and 18, 2024 

CAN, in partnership with the CA Dept. of Education’s Expanded Learning Division, and the System of Support for Expanded Learning (SSEL) are excited to offer the 2024 Spring Expanded Learning Opportunities Program Academy! This virtual four-day academy is designed to support CA educators with the Expanded Learning Opportunities Programs (ELO-P). 

Academy Details

Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Daily 


March is Women’s History Month!

Did you know celebrating Women’s History in the United States started in California?

From ”Women’s History Month began as a local celebration in Santa Rosa, California. The Education Task Force of the Sonoma County (California) Commission on the Status of Women planned and executed a “Women’s History Week” celebration in 1978. The organizers selected the week of March 8 to correspond with International Women’s Day. The movement spread across the country as other communities initiated their own Women’s History Week celebrations the following year.

In 1980, a consortium of women’s groups and historians—led by the National Women’s History Project (now the National Women’s History Alliance)—successfully lobbied for national recognition. In February 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued the first Presidential Proclamation declaring the Week of March 8th 1980 as National Women’s History Week.”

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