Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources

COVID-19 Resource Center

To support access to information about how best to respond to coronavirus disease, we are maintaining this page with links to resources published by state and federal agencies and other reputable sources. We also advise consulting your local school district and public health department for local information. 

Afterschool and Expanded Learning are positioned to help! CAN worked with our partners at the UC Davis Center for Regional Change to build out an interactive map to help you locate your community’s programs and their proximity to hospitals and other essential services such as police and fire stations.

Please Note: While the recent Governor’s Office Executive Order allows for ASES programs to provide service to children of essential workers it does not guarantee that these sites are currently or will provide programs. Please work with your local communities to determine what services actually are or will be available.

Additional resources are being curated and these webpages will be updated at least once a week.  If you have questions about the content on this page or suggestions for additional content that would be useful please contact the CAN team.


COVID-19 Guidance from CDE Expanded Learning Division
As of March 1, 2021

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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.  

More specific details are outlined in the below links: 

The Expanded Learning Division continues to work on providing additional guidance related to expanded learning program grants. If you have any questions, please contact


Virtual Fireside Chats

Screenshot of Michael Funk talking during recorded video conversation.

The California AfterSchool Network hosts interviews with Michael Funk, Division Director for the California Department of Education Expanded Learning Division, to better help the field navigate the current state of Expanded Learning, including what guidance means for your programs. These chats include policy updates as well as interviews with partners elevating current topics and promising practices.

This section includes the Fireside Chat’s from April 2020 through April 2021. Access the full set of Fireside Chats.

Fireside Chats:​

If you are interested in developing your own virtual fireside chats check out our post: Communicating During Crisis – Video “Fireside Chats”


Communicating During Crisis – Video “Fireside Chats”

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This last week the California AfterSchool Network partnered with Michael Funk, Director of the Expanded Learning Division at the CA Department of Education (EXLD) to release a video interview or a video ”fireside chat” on COVID-19.

This video came together in less than 24 hours but has proven to be thus far one of the most effective communications we have put out on COVID-19. On a call last Tuesday afternoon, some of the group talked about a shift in messaging we are seeing across the country – emphasizing the personal versus the institutional.  At the same time, we (CAN and EXLD) were experiencing frustration and stress about not being able to get enough information out as quickly as people need it. A few phone calls and brainstorms later that afternoon we decided a weekly video message with Michael might be a great way to fill the gap. Less than 24 hours later we were producing, posting, and widely distributing our first video.

We took very little time to prep for this initial video and so for future videos we know there are some changes we can make and some elements we can add in, including bringing other folks from the field in to participate in these chats and also share their story from a more local perspective. 

With that, we wanted to share some tips and ideas based on our initial experience.