News and Events Archive


The California After School and Summer Challenge: March 11 & 12, 2019 !

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

Legislative Analyst Releases Cal Facts 2018  

With a state as big and complex as California, the Legislative Analyst Office has published CAL Facts 2018 as a visual guide to assist with showcasing information about the state regarding topics such as public health, state/county finances, housing, and population. This edition includes twelve pages of California facts on our state’s education including national rankings, demographics, and other essential information on K-12 and higher education throughout Ca


State Superintendent Tom Torlakson Announcement: Guide to Social Emotional Learning Resources  

In December 2018, former State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson released the Social Emotional Learning in California: A Guide to Resources. The guide was developed by experts in the field and members of the California Department of Education’s Social and Emotional Learning State Team and offers a toolkit of resources that will assist educators in serving the social and emotional needs of the whole child. Access the 


Site Coordinator Community of Practice Guidebook Released!

In partnership with the California Department of Education’s Expanded Learning Division, CAN is proud to announce the release of the Site Coordinator Community of Practice Guide Book. The guide book will assist in the implementation of building a Community Practice (CoP), and will include valuable information about the elements and characteristics of a CoP while engaging in the Continuous Quality Improvement process.


Assembly Budget Blueprint Recognizes After School Needs!

Earlier this month, Phil Ting, California Assembly Budget Chair released the 2019-20 Blueprint for a Responsible Budget. Page eight of the Blueprint highlights the need to, “expand Early Education and After School Programs.” While this Blueprint does not guarantee additional funding for California’s After School and Summer Learning programs, it is important that after school programs are highlighted as a publicly stated goal for the Assembly.


CAN Welcomes New Program Director

The California AfterSchool Network staff and Leadership Team are pleased to announce that Heather Williams will join the CAN team as its new Program Director of Policy and Outreach. Prior to joining CAN, Heather served as the Strategic Initiatives & Partnerships Lead for the Expanded Learning Division at the California Department of Education.