CAN Newsletter – Take Care of Yourself, Take Care of Each Other
April 15, 2020
Many of us this week have approached the 1-month mark since we started sheltering in place. While we know more than we did a month ago many more questions remain unanswered. During this time the CAN team continues to search for ways to support our amazing afterschool and expanded learning field and the students, families, and communities that we continue to serve during these unique and challenging times.
To that end, we have been compiling and curating resources in our COVID-19 Resource Center, in various formats we have been connecting with our afterschool community, and recently we kicked off a video series with EXLD Director Michael Funk to try to bring a little more clarity in times of great unknown. You can see more
We also just wanted to take a moment to check in on you directly. A couple of weeks ago our team came across a great read from the Greater Good Magazine - Six Daily Questions to Ask During Quarantine. No matter our privilege, each of us is experiencing some level of trauma. It is ever important that we focus on our mental health and the mental health of those around us. These six daily questions are a great place to start.
During this time we must also recognize that not everyone has the privilege to shelter in place or to do so safely and with financial security. In fact, we know this to be the truth for many in our field and for many we serve.While many have made mention that COVID-19 is a great equalizer and doesn’t discriminate, we also know that our vulnerable communities and communities of color face infection at higher rates; they face greater challenges to accessing much-needed food, health, education, and technology services; and are at higher risks of losing their jobs and homes. We also know that many of our staff and community have fallen into the category of essential workers and are on the frontline caring for us, often putting themselves and their families at greater risk. While we continue to thank them, we could never thank them enough, we must continue to advocate for restructuring systems and building new systems that properly serve and support ALL.
If you need anything at all, please do not hesitate to reach out to anyone on the CAN Team. We are here for you.
The CAN Team
Recent guidance from the California Department of Education Expanded Learning Division (EXLD) has
- ensured grants remain intact,
- programs will receive attendance relief for closures related to COVID-19,
- grant reductions have been suspended, and
- hourly employees and classified staff can continue to be paid.
For more specific details visit our COVID-19 Resource Center and check out the links below.
- EXLD Executive Guidance Order Memo (April 10, 2020)
- Executive Order Provides Flexibility to ASES and 21st CCLC Programs and Expands Access to Child Care for Essential Workers (April 4, 2020)
- EXLD Update on Grant Protection and Paying Program Staff and Partners (March 27, 2020)
Trying to better understand what all this guidance means for your program? Check out CAN’s recent interviews with EXLD Director, Michael Funk:
- Interview on Governor’s Executive Order and EXLD Guidance Memo (April 13, 2020)
- Interview on EXLD Guidance on Grant Protection and Paying Program Staff and Partners (April 1, 2020)
The Expanded Learning Division continues to work on providing additional guidance related to expanded learning program grants. If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Afterschool and Expanded Learning are positioned to help! CAN is working with our partners at the UC Davis Center for Regional Change to build out an interactive map to help you locate your community’s Expanded Learning programs and their proximity to hospitals and other essential services (in process of being added). This map illustrates how our infrastructure can be responsive to the crisis.
Please Note: While the recent Executive Order allows for ASES and 21st CCLC programs to provide service to children of essential workers it does not guarantee that these sites are currently or will provide these services. This is a local decision, please work with your local communities to determine what services actually are or will be available.
The global spread of the coronavirus has closed schools, slowed commerce and brought health issues to the forefront, and efforts to stay safe and virus-free are at the front of everyone’s mind.
The COVID-19 outbreak has also changed, but not stopped, the once-a-decade census required by the U.S. Constitution. In fact, it has provided the opportunity to emphasize that almost everyone can complete the census online in 10 minutes or less. The census is a way you can help your community and your family even as you stay at home and practice social distancing.
Visit the Annie E. Casey Foundation blog post to learn more.
CalSAC is offering Free Virtual Training this month!
CalSAC is offering 10 hours of free online training to assist out-of-school time programs in providing valuable professional development to staff while working from home.
These free online trainings are in partnership with CypherWorx. This promotion is valid for the month of April as a way to support our out-of-school time family in these challenging times. Register today to access 10 courses at no cost!
Global Youth Service Day is just a couple of days away! Planned activities will likely be affected by school closures and government-ordered quarantines and lockdown; but YSA has announced they will count activities rescheduled after restrictions end as Global Youth Service Day events.
Many of the activities on the YSA website can be completed virtually or with your family on GYSD. Many of the ideas and activities suggested for GYSD can easily be modified to be done at home, individually or with your family. With more time at home, it’s a perfect opportunity to participate in GYSD. Try one of the many opportunities to get involved!
Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week is a time to recognize, appreciate and advocate for those who work with young people during out-of-school hours. The National Afterschool Association has created a toolkit along with other ideas and inspiration on how to celebrate Afterschool Appreciation Week.
Check out this short video to see what Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week is all about.
Mindfulness and SEL in Service of
April 27th, 1:00 PM– 2:30 PM (PT)
Join Partnership for Children & Youth (PCY) along with education leader, writer, and innovator, Meena Srinivasan, as they explore how to cultivate mindfulness and SEL during these challenging and uncertain times.
Empowering Today’s Young People
Afterschool Matters is a national, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to promoting professionalism, scholarship, and consciousness in the field of afterschool education discusses how creative youth development (CYD), STEM, and summer learning can empower this generation of young people to find their roles in solving social challenges, building communities, and leading for change.
Check out these posts from the newest issue!
With the California Stay at Home order, many children are not only lacking in-person learning but are not receiving meals. As the nation is encouraged to stay put for personal and public health reasons during the coronavirus emergency, there is a large number of kids living in households where the refrigerator and kitchen shelves often are mostly empty. During this time nontraditional partners like our public housing and nonprofit housing organizations play a critical role.
Read more about what school districts and housing organizations should do to keep our students fed and safe!
Check out these blogs & no-cost resources brought to you by LIAS:
- Coronavirus and Afterschool
- Teens in the Age of COVID-19
- Online Resources for Remote Staff Development
- For Effective SEL, Staff Need to Learn New Skills Too
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