CAN Newsletter- Summer is Here!
July 13, 2021
Summer learning can offer opportunities for children and youth to engage in fun, explore something new with hands-on, learning experiences, and make new connections and friends. Especially, after a school year of high levels of pivoting and a hybrid blend of online and in-person school experiences, the Summer season offers an opportunity to be engaged in learning opportunities and prepare young people for the school year to come.
Traditionally, Summer Learning programs provide indoor and outdoor opportunities for children and youth to engage in safe, fun, and engaging experiences. However, Summer 2021 provides a unique and equitably-centered opportunity for CA Local Educational Agencies (LEA’s) to provide Summer Learning for all CA children and youth, including the most marginalized communities who may not have always had access to Summer Camps and programs. CA School Districts have access to funding sources that can support Summer Learning for all! This funding also provides an opportunity for School Districts to start or strengthen partnerships with Expanded Learning, including local Community-Based Organizations (CBO’s).
As OST programs provide Summer Learning, it is essential that we serve our most vulnerable and marginalized communities, who may have faced a year+ of trauma and challenges during the pandemic. Children, youth, and families in communities throughout CA can benefit from Summer Learning that is designed to connect, support, and facilitate Social-Emotional Learning opportunities, with a critical lens of Equity.
The Learning Policy Institute recently shared a report on Summer Learning and Beyond: Opportunities for Creating Equity and highlighted six design principles for summer learning and beyond:
- Center relationships
- Create a culture of affirmation and belonging
- Build from students’ interests and take a whole child approach to their development
- Engage students’ and families’ knowledge in disciplinary learning
- Provide creative, inquiry-based forms of learning
- Address educator needs and learning
Lastly, summer also provides opportunities for educators and leaders, including OST folks, to take a break, rest and reset. Especially after this challenging 2020-21 school year, respite may be needed to care for physical, mental, and emotional health and well-being. Remember, you can’t pour from an empty cup. Take care of yourself first!
We thank you for all you have tirelessly done this past school year as you support children, youth and, families in your communities!
Have a great summer!
The CAN Team
July 12, 2021
Good Morning and Happy Tuesday Everyone!
Again, welcome to CAN’s journey to becoming a more just organization. In the opening post, we shared the arc of our process for change: Awareness and Education → Application and Accountability → Increased Ability and Sustainable Growth.
The Expanded Learning Division is sending you this significant change from the U.S. Department of Education (ED) regarding the Annual Performance Report data collection for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) program. Part of this requirement is collecting data for the Government Performance Results Act (GPRA) which helps identify the benefits of our 21stCCLC programs to congress. CDE understands that this will require that you gather more student data and that this will take more time and effort.
The fourth quarter expenditure report (April 1, 2021, to June 30, 2021) and the second semiannual attendance report (January 1, 2021, to June 30, 2021) for the After School Education and Safety, 21stCentury Community Learning Centers (CCLC), and the 21st CCLC High School After School Safety and Enrichment for Teens program grants are now available in the After School Support and Information System (ASSIST).
Learning Policy Institute has released a new playbook entitled Design Principles for Schools: Putting the Science of Learning and Development Into Action which provides a framework for education leaders, translating the research and highlighting the science, structures, and practices that can become the foundation for a new approach to learning that center whole child d
The CDE, ELCD has released a new online publication: Inclusion Works! Creating Child Care Programs that Promote Belonging for Children with Disabilities, Second Edition. Inclusion Works! Second Edition is updated with new information and is an essential guide for anyone providing child care for children from birth to twelve years old.
The American Rescue Plan invested an unprecedented $200 billion for children and youth in child care, education, higher ed, nutrition, and more. It also provides an opportunity for state and local fiscal recovery funds to be used to support children and families. Since it was passed, the same question has been coming up from communities large and small: how can we best use these new funds?
DiscoverSummer.org is a new online one-stop destination, developed in response to COVID-19, to help families discover affordable summer programs, summer meals, parent tips and a multitude of resources to keep kids learning, earning, safe and healthy this summer.
Opening summer programs and camps safely where young people can learn, play and socialize is a top priority in Summer 2021. Foundations, Inc. is working to support afterschool educators by curating the most helpful content from trusted organizations available through the Keep Kids COVID Safe and Healthy Toolkit for afterschool, summer learning programs, and camps.
All California Expanded Learning Opportunities ASSETs providers are invited to join the “Statewide EXL High School Group,” a diverse group that dialogues, shares exemplary practices, attends statewide programming events, and provides resources to support the field of after-school.
Meetings are bi-weekly and will resume in August.
GreatSchools.org, Learning Heroes, and NSLA partnered to present the Summer Togetherness series — a virtual learning series for parents, caregivers, and education champions who believe in the power of togetherness to tackle the challenges of yesterday and turn them into fun opportunities of tomorrow.
Are you longing for music? The Mizzen by Mott Summer Lawn Series, with Jazz at Lincoln Center and Foundations, Inc. is blends live music with language arts, science, and math. Through a special virtual series, educators and students will have the opportunity hear music from jazz greats and discover new learning experiences for kids from Jazz at Lincoln Center’s one-of-a-kind curriculum in Mizzen.
Funding Racial Justice: Budget Advocacy Training for Community Power 2021
Deadline: Tuesday, July 20, 2021; 5pm PST
The Advancement Project is accepting applications for Funding Racial Justice: Budget Advocacy Training for Community Power program! The 2021 Funding Racial Justice: Budget Advocacy Training for Community Power program is designed for California community members, organizers, and advocates to learn local budget advocacy and research skills necessary to win equitable investment in their communities.
YSA, with generous support from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, will award Afterschool Grants of up to $500 each to support youth-led service or service-learning in afterschool programs.
Grant Opportunity: Dr. Seuss Foundation- July 1, 2021 Cycle Grant Program
Deadline: August 1, 2021, 5:00 PM PDT
The Dr. Seuss Foundation is seeking applications for its grant program to support improving literacy and learning as these are essential to succeeding in the multi-layered worlds of the arts and humanities, health and well-being, animal welfare, and the environment.
Geographic focus: programs located in California or Massachusetts. Organizations applying do not need to be located in either of these states.
The California Department of Parks and Recreation’s Office of Grants and Local Services is announcing a new environmental/nature education grant program that will fund program operation, transportation, staffing and other costs that traditionally present barriers for historically underserved urban and rural communities to access natural areas and environmental education throughout California.
Summer may look different this year, but summer isn’t canceled. Summer programs are continuing to adapt and find new ways to innovate their curriculum to ensure children and their families can access quality summer learning opportunities and critical supports and services throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
National Summer Learning Week, started by NSLA, 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.
The Child Tax Credit in the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act, signed into legislation by the Biden-Harris Administration, provides the largest Child tax credit ever to America’s working families. Starting July 15, most families are eligible to receive monthly payments of up to $250 per child ages 6-17 and $300 per child under age 6.
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