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California Afterschool and Summer Challenge

Register now for the 15th annual California Afterschool and Summer Challenge taking place in Sacramento, CA March 11th and 12th. The Challenge is a one of a kind event that brings together hundreds of after school and school-age care providers, families and youth to share their stories of why after school and summer programming for youth matters! Come advocate to adequately fund California’s Expanded Learning programs on behalf of the over 500,000 students and their families that are positively impacted by expanded learning programs every day. 

The Challenge Experience:

  • Gain tools and receive training, designed for emerging, experienced and youth advocates, led by policy experts, community leaders and youth
  • March with hundreds of advocates through the streets of Sacramento, led by the All-Star Marching Band
  • Rally on the Capitol steps, hearing from legislative champions, field leaders, family members and youth 
  • Share your stories and expertise with legislators to make the case for out-of-school time
  • Connect with advocates from your community to build a local base and coordinate future efforts

In addition to helping advance the out-of-school time field, this advocacy experience helps show young people and emerging leaders how to speak out and use their voices to create change. California policymakers need consistent reminders of the importance of our programs – your voice is needed!

Post Paige Azcona

The Wallace Foundation’s Guide for Best SEL Practices in OST

The Wallace Foundation recently released an in-depth guide featuring 25 evidence-based programs. The guide, first-of-its-kind, offers information about curricular content and programmatic features that practitioners can use to make informed choices about their SEL programs. Navigating SEL from the Inside Out: Looking Inside & Across 25 Leading SEL Programs: A Practical Resource for Schools and OST Providers offers practitioners to compare curricula and methods across top SEL programs and explains how programs can adapt from schools to out-of-school-time settings. Read more about the guide, here


ASES and 21st CCLC 2017 Field and Site Coordinator Surveys Open Through June 8, 2018

About the ASES and 21st CCLC Expanded Learning Field and Site Coordinator Surveys 2018

The California AfterSchool Network (CAN) in partnership with the California Department of Education’s Expanded Learning Division (CDE-EXLD), is seeking information regarding After School Education and Safety (ASES) and 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) practitioners and supporter’s knowledge of the Quality Standards for Expanded Learning in California, and understanding of the requirements to implement a Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) process. The surveys are also intended to surface current field challenges and needs.

The survey will provide assessment data to inform a CQI process at the statewide level. We are gathering this end-of-year data to assess how the statewide System of Support can further support the field. The surveys will be open until June 8, 2018.

Two Surveys for Different Audiences

Hard copies of each survey are attached for previewing.

Field Survey 
The Field Survey is intended for all ASES and 21st CCLC expanded learning field practitioners, supporters and administrators, except for Site Coordinators (e.g., Grant Manager, Program Director, State, District or Community Based Organization (CBO) Administrator, Technical Assistance Provider, School Teacher or Principal, Front-Line Staff).

Site Coordinator Survey
The Site Coordinator Surveyis intended for Site Coordinators of ASES or 21st CCLC, including After School Safety and Enrichment for Teens, or ASSETs programs.

  • A Site Coordinator is someone who oversees a program at one site and is responsible for the supervision of frontline staff. 

Why take this survey? 

  • Ten Site Coordinators who take the Site Coordinator survey will be selected to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card.   
  • Your participation will provide data to statewide and regional leaders, and the field at-large to inform efforts to support expanded learning programs.
  • CAN and the CDE will be releasing a summary of the aggregate data gathered in this survey regionally and statewide.