CAN Newsletter – Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week Returns!
Time to start your appreciation planning! Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week is April 22 – 26. This week long event recognizes those who work with and on behalf of youth during out-of-school time hours. This special week is marked by gratitude and celebrations encouraging people around the nation to thank the afterschool professionals who make a difference in the lives of youth. Check out the Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week website for ideas, inspiration, and tools to begin the planning and promotion of your appreciation!
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In his 2020 budget proposal, President Trump is proposing to eliminate the 21st Century Community Learning Centers – the only source of federal funding for after school and summer learning programs. This puts approximately two million children across the country and their families at risk of losing the very program that helps keep parents working and children learning.
On March 20th, several students and Alvaro Cortes, Senior Executive Director of LAUSD’s Beyond the Bell, spoke out against the proposed elimination of federally funded after school programs during an interview with FOX TV (KTTV-LA). Taking away after school funding is no different than cutting into the heart of the youth’s academic success and real-world experience prepa
The Wallace Foundation has released a new report, Afterschool Programs: A Review of Evidence Under Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), that includes research on the learning and social outcomes of students attending after school programs from 2000-2017.
The Wallace Foundation has created a Summer Learning Toolkit to assist with the planning and implementation of summer learning programs. The toolkit includes resources such as timelines, planning and management resources, and staffing tips to help start your program on the right foot.
Stanford University professor emeritus and one of the nation’s most prominent education researchers, Linda Darling-Hammond, is to head California’s State Board of Education. Darling-Hammond recently served as the Co-Chair of the National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development which released the Nation at Hope report and the supporting brief, Building Partnerships in Support of Where, When, & How Learning Happens, that focuses on positive youth development. Darling-Hammond is also the founding president of the Learning Policy Institute and other past work includes participation on the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
The Journal of Youth Development, is a free digital publication that delivers quarterly issues on promoting youth development practice and research. The spring issue, Frontiers in Theory-Predicated Research in Youth Development: A Commentary discusses theoretical models and techniques to help strengthen youth growth and development by building on their individuality.
How Kids Learn is hosting two upcoming sessions on “Empowering Girls in Afterschool” with Lynn Johnson in Riverside and “How Demanding Program Roles can Facilitate Youth’s Positive Development” with Reed Larson in Oakland.