CAN Newsletter – Supporting our Youth in the New School Year
September 13, 2022

CAN Newsletter
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Welcome to the new 2022-23 school year! We hope children youth, families, and educators all have a positive, engaging, fun year of learning and community-building. In this newsletter, we are happy to share professional development resources to support students in the new school year, an article on LGBTQ+ rights and resources to join us in supporting Orange Shirt Day

Additionally, September is National Suicide Prevention Month. This year, the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) will highlight the “Together for Mental Health,” campaign which encourages people to bring their voices together to advocate for better mental health care, including an effective crisis response system. Did you know, that after years of advocacy and preparation, 988 is now available nationwide as the new number to contact for mental health, substance use, and suicide crises? It’s a simple, easy-to-remember way for people to get help! Learn more. 

As educators, practitioners, and youth developers, how can we support children and youth in Suicide Prevention? Many factors can reduce the risk of suicide, such as Protective Factors! Similar to risk factors, a range of individual, relationship, community, and societal factors can protect people from suicide. Learn more.

Lastly, we wish our Latinx community a Happy Hispanic Heritage Month (Sep. 15 – Oct. 15)! We recognize the achievements and contributions of the Latino/a/x educators and champions who have inspired children and youth to achieve success! Learn more. 

In partnership,

The CAN Team

In This Newsletter:


Early-Bird Registration is Open for the 2023 Site Coordinator Symposium!
February, 15 and 17-18, 2022

2023 SC Symposium Invitation PDFDont miss out on the fun and register today for the 2023 Site Coordinator Symposium in Long Beach, CA! This convening is presented by the California 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.

Early-Bird Registration closes on September 30th! Secure your spot today!

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FY 22-23 ASES Universal Intent to Award Posted!

The Expanded Learning Division (EXLD) is pleased to announce the posting of the Intent to Award for the After School Education and Safety (ASES) Program located on the California Department of Education (CDE) web page at Funding Results: After School Education and Safety (CA Dept of Education).

The Intent to Award list shows only new funding awarded for the ASES Universal 2022–23 Request for Application (RFA)—This posting is only for newly funded sites or sites that requested an increase through the RFA process for the Fiscal Year 2022–23. Current ASES grantees and grantees that were up for renewal on Cycle A will not appear on this funding list.

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FY 2021-22 Annual Outcomes Based Data and CQI Report
Due Friday, October 14, 2022

The 2021–22 Annual Outcome-Based Data for Evaluation and Continuous Quality Improvement Report is due Friday, October 14, 2022

The 2021–22 Annual Outcome-Based Data for Evaluation and CQI Report is a grant requirement for the After School Education and Safety (ASES), 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC), and 21st Century High School After School Safety and Enrichment for Teens (ASSETs) Programs. Failure to report this data may lead to the Expand Learning Division (EXLD) withholding grant payments or grant termination per California Education Code Section 8483.7(a)(1)(G).

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A Guide to Rights and Protections for LGBTQ+ Students

EdSource explores the rights and protects of LGBTQ+ sutdents as well as the California laws that protect LGBTQ+ youth from harassment and support their right to identify as they wish

EdSource also shares resources available for schools, students and families:

Explore the full list of resources here.

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31st Annual CACFP Conference
Monday, October 17 - Wednesday, October 19, 2022; Sacramento, CA

Join CAN at the 31st Annual CACFP Conference! The CACFP Conference is an opportunity for the CACFP community to come together and focus on our work, our passion, our commitment to serving others, and own growth and wellbeing after such a long time apart.

CAN plans to co-present at a workshop during  the conference – stay tuned for details!

Learn more about the conference and register here.

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Orange Shirt Day
September 30, 2022

September 30th is Orange Shirt Day or National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.  Wear an orange shirt on this day to bring awareness to what happened at residential schools in the US and Canada.

Orange Shirt Day hopes to commemorate the experiences that children had at residential schools, witness and honor the healing journey of survivors and their families, and commit to the ongoing process of reconciliation.

Explore these resources on how you can introduce Orange Shirt Day into the classroom:

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Need publications?
Bulk Orders Available

In efforts to support the expanded learning field, The California AfterSchool Network will ship out desired publications to you at no cost! Simply submit your publication request using the webform below and we will ship your order out as soon as we can*.

While some our publications have limited numbers, you are able to submit bulk orders for the following publications:

*Orders are usually shipped out on a monthly basis due to COVID-19 restrictions. 

Submit requests for publications here!


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