February CAN Newsletter – Feel the Love
February 27, 2020

CAN Newsletter
Attendees at the Site Coordinator Symposium

Two weeks ago we held our California Love: Site Coordinator Symposium in Fresno, California and we felt the love! Thank you for everyone who joined us and contributed to making it a truly wonderful event. Shortly we will be sharing photos and resources from the event so keep an eye out for that in the CAN App and our social media pages.

Be sure to Save the Date for our 4th Annual Site Coordinator Symposium:
February 5-6, 2021
Sacramento Convention Center
Registration Coming Soon!

We love afterschool and our afterschool staff and hope you felt the love too!

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