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CAN Policy Newsletter – Advocacy is All Year Long!
October 3, 2019

California Capitol Building during the Fall Season

It’s October, the fall season has officially begun, and we are weeks away from the 20th Annual Lights On Afterschool celebration, which is a wonderful reminder that we can and should advocate for after school all year round! Now is the time to engage your communities and elected officials, and remind them how essential our programs are to supporting children and youth all across California.


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CAN Policy Newsletter – Keep the Lights on Afterschool!
August 7, 2019

Lights on Afterschool

This October 24 marks the 20th Lights On Afterschool! 

Lights On is the only nationwide event celebrating afterschool programs and their important role in the lives of children, families, and communities. It is a great opportunity to keep our momentum going, raise more awareness in your community, and help mobilize support for afterschool at the local, state, and federal levels! Legislators will be in their districts, looking for ways to connect with the community.

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CAN Newsletter – How to Locate Summer Meals for Kids

School is out, and summer is here! The California Department of Education has created the CA Meals for Kids mobile application that helps you find nearby California Afterschool and Summer Meal Programs Sites through your iOS, Android, or Microsoft devices. The app let’s you find sites in California by physical location, custom map, county, city, zip code and partial site name! 

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CAN Newsletter – May is Mental Health Awareness Month
May 9, 2019

Mental Health Awareness Month Graphic

May is a time to raise awareness of those living with mental or behavioral health issues and to help reduce the stigma so many experience.  We have outlined some helpful resources to help you and your organization build awareness and conduct impactful conversations and awareness activities in your communities. #4mind4body

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CAN Newsletter – Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week Returns!
April 9, 2019

Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week Flyer

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.

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CAN Newsletter – Important Updates and Upcoming Events
February 12, 2019

Site Coordinator Expanded Learning Symposium Save the Date for February 14-15, 2020

The 2019 Site Coordinator Expanded Learning Symposium was a huge success! 500 Expanded Learning stakeholders from across the state of California boarded the Queen Mary for an inspirational 2-day event dedicated to the capacity building and celebration of Site Coordinators. The event provided 50 workshops, a panel of esteemed professionals, empowering keynote speakers, and a special CA Afterschool Champion award presented to Assembly Member Kevin McCarty.

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CAN Newsletter – Happy New Year, After School!

Happy New Year 2019

With the reflection and celebration of the holiday season behind us, CAN is energized to advance its purpose to increase access to high-quality out-of-school time opportunities that support success for all of California’s children and youth in 2019. Following are a few highlights as we begin the new year. 

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CAN’s Holiday Newsletter – December 19, 2018
2018 Reflections and Looking Ahead

Happy Holidays!

As the father of two young children, I have the unique opportunity to watch a fair amount of Sesame Street. In a recent episode Elmo boils down the spirit of the season with his song, “it’s all about kindness.” At CAN, we are consistently overwhelmed with the kindness in this field. The kindness and generosity you display in your work every day makes all the difference for the children and families of California.


CAN Newsletter – November 14, 2018
The California AfterSchool Network is Thankful for You

Thank you!

As we head into the Thanksgiving holiday, the California AfterSchool Network would like to thank you for your tireless work on behalf of children, families, and communities each and every day. Thank you for being a person of integrity who chooses this work.  You will never fully know how important you are to the children and families you serve or fully understand their gratitude. We at CAN are thankful for you because our world is better because of you. 

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CAN Newsletter – November 6, 2018
Rock the OST Vote!

I Voted!

Happy Election Day! Today, I had the great privilege of walking my completed ballot to a local polling place with a group of colleagues. While we may all have had unique voting patterns, we all made the point to make our civic engagement a community activity.


CAN Newsletter – October 31, 2018
Exciting New Developments

Lights on Event

It has been a busy couple of weeks in the world of CAN, and Expanded Learning. Last week, I had the opportunity to spend Lights on Afterschool with three of the most influential leaders in after school history! These leaders include Jodi Grant, Executive Director of the Afterschool Alliance; Michael Funk, the Director of the CDE’s Expanded Learning Division; and Tom Torlakson, California’s Superintendent of Public Instruction.