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CAN Newsletter – Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage and Mental Health Awareness Month
May 12, 2021

April 2021 Time Magazine Cover

Each year the month of May highlights the opportunity to celebrate our AAPI community of children, youth, and educators. This year we celebrate and recognize the great contributions the AAPI Community has made to our nation, but also reflect on and condemn the violence and hatred that has been directed at the AAPI Community. We, as a nation, need to do better. We need to continue to teach, to learn and unlearn, and rebuild our communities with love, empathy, and inclusivity. Our AAPI children, youth, educators, and communities deserve equitable spaces to learn, live and thrive!

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CAN Newsletter – Our Commitment to Whole Children, Whole Families, and Whole Communities
April 15, 2021

In Lifting Others We Rise

Thank you for all the work you do each and every day for the children, youth, families, schools, and communities of California. As schools reopen, as we all prepare for summer, and as we continue to support the healing and recovery of those we serve and who need it most, we and those we serve also continue to endure so much.

We are heartbroken by acts of violence involving law enforcement, students, and community members in Minnesota, Virginia, and Tennessee. We acknowledge that these acts can add to the trauma and stress that already exists for those we serve. We hope you find useful resources below to support staff, children, youth, and families through these challenging times.

At CAN we will not rest until we attain equitable, just communities, where everyone is well known, well cared for, and prepared to thrive. We know that our efforts to advance positive youth development are only truly attainable when they take place in the context of these more equitable conditions. We remain committed to our advocacy and technical assistance to support safe, equitable, culturally relevant, anti-racist environments for thriving children and families.  We thank you for all you do every day to do the same.     

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STEAM Newsletter – Diverse Role Models and Mentors
March 23, 2021

Two students working together on a project.

Welcome to CAN’s second monthly STEAM newsletter! 

This month, the Million Girls Moonshot continues to focus on diverse role models and mentors as a strategy to strengthen equity and inclusion across the Networks and in STEM programs. They dive deeper into how programs can incorporate STEM role models and provide examples of role models in action. Whether you are inviting a role model to visit your afterschool program, organizing a panel of STEM professionals, connecting with a role model virtually, or viewing a role model video, these resources ensure a positive, impactful experience for the participants and the role models.

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CAN Newsletter – Planning for Summer
March 9, 2021

Children outside with a tarp playing a game

As we enter a full year of being in the pandemic, education as a whole has shifted in many ways to become a more equitable, accessible, and just place for our students. We are currently living in a major moment for our summer learning community. Education leaders across the spectrum from school districts, nonprofit programs, camps, and government agencies to policymakers across the U.S., all agree that this summer must be utilized to help young people learn, grow, and recover like never before.  

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CAN Newsletter – We <3 Afterschool!
February 11, 2021

We Love Afterschool, Boy & Girl Holding Hands

Each year in the month of February we celebrate our love for afterschool programs and the amazing staff that support these programs. We hope that you join us this month in sharing the love and celebrating all that is amazing about afterschool!

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CAN Newsletter – 2021: Challenge and Opportunity
January 13, 2021

“You can cut all the flowers, but you cannot keep spring from coming.”  - Pablo Neruda

It’s time to envision and create the world our children, families, and communities deserve. 

It seems that each day is a new reminder of stark inequities in our social systems. The very ideal that every person is entitled to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness is far from a reality. The systems designed to support this ideal have long been rooted in white supremacy, racial injustice, economic inequity, and systemic oppression. Last week’s insurrection at the Nation’s Capital only serves to punctuate the systemic challenges we face. Our history has led us to this moment, and this moment is an opportunity.

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CAN Newsletter – Happy Holidays from CAN!
December 15, 2020

Happy Holidays!

2020 has been an unprecedented year, but afterschool has been a grounding force through the uncertainty. 

As we close out 2020, CAN would like to highlight the critical role afterschool plays for youth. It was evident in 2020 in terms of integration with K-12, as well as the very real response we played immediately to address shelter in place.

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CAN Newsletter – Gratitude for Our Field
November 23, 2020


We hope this newsletter finds you and your community safe and healthy as we transition into the darker cooler months of late fall and early winter. November is often a month centered around practicing thankfulness and gratitude for one another. While we always have a deep appreciation for each of you and the work you do, we want to say it again – each of you matters; each day you spend your time and energy supporting students, families, and communities; and your work is extremely impactful, not only in those communities but across the state and the nation.

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Care and Community in Uncertain Times
A Post-Election Message

Women and child with election ballot box

My children are huge fans of the movie Frozen 2, a story of a culture besieged by the transgressions of its past and with an uncertain future. In this uncertain future, we learn we can only do, “the next right thing.” During this election cycle, this has kept me grounded. I have been focused on doing the next right thing. Our work together is too important to be distracted. 

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CAN Newsletter – We’re Here For You!
September 10, 2020

Don't Give Up. You are not alone. You Matter.

2020 has been a year filled with challenge after challenge and many of us have yet to process the trauma that our students, communities, and ourselves are experiencing on a daily basis. Our hearts go out to those that are impacted by the fires all across the state. Thank you to those programs that continue to step up time and time again, crisis after crisis – you can catch a small glimpse of this amazing work during challenging times by checking out CAN’s fireside chats with Michael Funk from the California Department of Education.

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CAN Newsletter – Returning to School Safely
August 13, 2020

image of student overlaid on books with an apple

Exactly 5 months ago today many of us we entered into lockdown. Today, across the state, schools, expanded learning programs, students, families, and communities are busy preparing for the next school year and in fact, many have started this week (if not earlier). 2020 has certainly been a year unlike any other and this upcoming school year will be an unprecedented one as well.

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CAN Newsletter – California Protects Afterschool
June 30, 2020

Child in front of a microphone cheering

As California begins to re-open and conversations continue about what school looks like this fall we still very much sit in the midst of two pandemics, COVID-19 and racism. The children and families who rely on our state’s publicly funded afterschool programs are disproportionately affected by the current crises. Nine out of 10 children are children of color, and 84% are socioeconomically disadvantaged. A third of students in After School Education and Safety (ASES) programs are English language learners, and 25% are experiencing homelessness.

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CAN Policy Newsletter – We Need Your Voices!
May 22, 2020

Keeping kids safe, engaged, and learning so parents can return to work.

Last week California Governor Gavin Newsom released his revised state budget proposal. While we appreciate the Governor for his leadership in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic and appreciate the difficult decisions involved with balancing the budget in the current climate, his proposed cut to afterschool programs would be a huge setback for children and families in California who are already disproportionately affected by the current crisis.