CAN Newsletter- Summer is Here!
July 13, 2021

CAN Newsletter
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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:

  1. Center relationships
  2. Create a culture of affirmation and belonging
  3. Build from students’ interests and take a whole child approach to their development
  4. Engage students’ and families’ knowledge in disciplinary learning
  5. Provide creative, inquiry-based forms of learning
  6. 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

In This Newsletter:

List of Racial Equity Principles

Equity Evolution: CAN’s Growth Story
Vol. 1

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 EducationApplication and AccountabilityIncreased Ability and Sustainable Growth.

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Annual Performance Report GPRA Changes

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. 

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ASSIST-Fourth Quarter Expenditure and Second Semiannual Attendance

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).

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To Maximize American Rescue Plan Investments for Kids, Community Leaders Must do Four Things

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?


Join the Statewide EXL High School Group!

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. 

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Summer Lawn Series
Sunday, July 11, 25, and August 8, 2021; 12:30 PM

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.

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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. 

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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. 

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July 12-16, 2021

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.


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