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Health and Wellness Newsletter

CAN Health & Wellness Newsletter – Starting Off On The Right Foot
January 25, 2022

A stack of rocks by a river

Welcome to the first installment of CAN’s Health and Wellness newsletter of 2022! 

As we continue to share content surrounding the Whole Child Health and Wellness Vision as well as other approaches that prioritize the cumulative wellness of students in our Expanded Learning programs, don’t forget to think about your mental and physical wellbeing and it’s importance to not only yourself, but the youth you are serving. 

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STEAM Newsletter – Happy New Year!
January 18, 2022

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The start of a new year is a perfect opportunity to reflect on past achievements and upcoming goals for the future.

We debuted our STEAM newsletter in February of last year and since then, we have continued to share resources to encourage STEAM learning. This year, we hope we can continue to further the collective goal of providing a million more girls with STEM learning opportunities and transform the communities we live in for a better tomorrow. 

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CAN Newsletter – Happy New Year!
January 13, 2022

Scrabble pieces spelling out Happy New Year

Happy 2022! The California AfterSchool Network team would like to wish each and every one of you a happy and healthy new year! 

We are grateful for a new year and new opportunities, and we realize the year has started off quite bumpy with the COVID 19 Omicron variant and its impacts on California communities and across the nation. We are hopeful things will start to settle down and improve enough to allow schools and programs to effectively and appropriately support children, youth, and families in our CA communities.

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STEAM Newsletter – Applying Engineering Mindsets through Math and Science
December 21, 2021

Two girls participating in a robotics experimentDecember is always a special time of year. It is a chance to reflect on all of the successes of the year and explore how we might be able to do more as we head into the new year.

With this in mind, Million Girls Moonshot is highlighting STEM learning with an engineering mindset this December! Utilizing this mindset allows us to explore the unknown while applying skills and knowledge we already have – like math and science. Activating an engineering mindset pulls directly from these skills and allows us to solve real-work and relevant challenges.

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CAN Newsletter – Happy Holidays!
December 8, 2021

Holiday tree with an ornament.

Welcome to the close of 2021! Wow, what a challenging, yet incredible year this has been. As we continue to navigate living and surviving a pandemic, EXL and OST practitioners continue to demonstrate how impactful Expanded Learning programs can be in the lives of children and youth.

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CAN Newsletter – It Takes a Village
November 10, 2021

Welcome to November and Native American Heritage Month! Did you know, California has always been home to the largest number of different Native people and their cultures? “Many tribal groups speak different languages, engage in varying traditions, in homelands established for thousands of years that extend beyond state boundaries,”

Health and Wellness Newsletter

CAN Health & Wellness Newsletter- It’s Time for a Safe Transition Back to School
October 27, 2021

Image if young child walking with hands on head and breathing.

Welcome to CAN’s Health & Wellness Newsletter! In the third installment of our revamped Newsletter, we will continue to share content surrounding the Whole Child Health and Wellness Vision as well as other approaches that prioritize the cumulative wellness of students in our Expanded Learning programs. As schools navigate the fall school year and new funding opportunities in California to support young people, operating safely is a priority, for all students and educators. 


STEAM Newsletter – Celebrating Girls in STEM!
October 21, 2021

Scientist in lab

This October we are celebrating girls and women in STEAM! “Let’s reimagine who can be an engineer; who can build; who can make. Let’s reimagine the future,” is the mission of the Million Girls Moonshot (MGM). As we celebrate the women in this field, it’s a perfect opportunity to explore MGM’s four transformative practices: 

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CAN Newsletter – Happy Autumn!
October 13, 2021

School building with trees with falling leaves in the front

As we say goodbye to summer and start to transition into winter, we welcome the Fall Season. The leaves begin to change color, the weather gets a bit colder and the sun sets earlier in the day. October also marks National Disability Employment Awareness and National Youth Substance Use Prevention Month

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CA Celebrates the 2021 Lights On Afterschool!
October 28, 2021

Lights On Afterschool Image- Kids and Adults jumping and throwing confetti

Join CAN and thousands of communities in celebrating and rallying for afterschool programs as the Afterschool Alliance organizes the 22nd annual Lights On Afterschool!

This special edition newsletter will connect our CA Expanded Learning and OST programs and partners with resources, events, and tips to plan Lights On Afterschool (LOA) Events. Be sure to check our Lights On Afterschool webpage for weekly updates until October 28th!

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STEAM Newsletter – Environmental Literacy and Revving up for Fall
August 17, 2021

Girl in Garden

As schools and OST programs return and welcome students, educators, families, and communities to the 2021-2022 school year, we recognize the unique times we continue to work through. While we continue to experience the COVID pandemic and its layers of challenges, unfortunately, regions of Northern California are also currently experiencing destructive wildfires. These fires are damaging homes, schools, communities, and ultimately impacting the environment. Our hearts, thoughts, and support are extended to our OST family and communities affected by these fires.

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CAN Newsletter – Back to School!
August 10, 2021

Students working on assignments in a classroom

Happy 2021-2022 School Year! As we approach the close of the Summer Break, we welcome the Back to School season! Despite the challenges of operating schools and programs during the pandemic and its highs and lows, OST educators continue to rise to the occasion, and support children, youth, families, and communities. 

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STEAM Newsletter – A Summer of STEM
July 20, 2021

Two engineers working on a project

Welcome to CAN’s monthly STEAM newsletter!

This month, the Million Girls Moonshot will continue to focus on tools and resources for Networks, programs, and partners as they implement STEM in summer programming. As programs across the country slowly head back to hybrid and in person programming, this is an opportunity to reintroduce the four transformative programming areas: equity and inclusion, engineering mindsets, role models, mentors and families, and STEM pathways and transitions to the field and families.

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CAN Newsletter- Summer is Here!
July 13, 2021

Students running around a Summer camp

Summer learning can offer opportunities for children and youth to engage in fun, explore something new with hands-on, learning experiences, and make new connections and friends. Especially, after a school year of high levels of pivoting and a hybrid blend of online and in-person school experiences, the Summer season offers an opportunity to be engaged in learning opportunities and prepare young people for the school year to come.