The California AfterSchool Network’s mission is to provide professionals, advocates, and community members the tools and resources necessary to build high-quality out-of-school time programs in California.
CAN is a catalyst for quality, building capacity by promoting a shared vision of program quality and advancing a culture of Continuous Improvement throughout the Expanded Learning ecosystem.
The California AfterSchool Network’s role in advancing OST policy is to provide data, develop field engagement strategy, participate in the CA3, and advocate for policy and funding. In this section you can:
- Access the Expanded Learning database (coming soon)
- Stay current on state and federal legislative and budget information
- Find research and resources to advocate for after school in CA
The California AfterSchool Network is a dedicated to supporting California Site Coordinators and those who support them. CAN is doing this by supporting the Site Coordinator Expanded Learning Symposium and creating the Site Coordinator Work Group. The Site Coordinator Work Group’s input and insight helped to launch the Site Coordinator Network also supported by California AfterSchool Network.
The California AfterSchool Network is committed to promoting health and wellness to youth, parents and communities in California by providing information, resources, promising practices, and legislation updates to the out-of-school time field through the Health and Wellness Action Team (HWAT).
CAN is dedicated in supporting out-of-school professionals in their efforts to integrate STEAM learning in their afterschool and summer learning programs. Evidence has indicated that high quality programs can lead to increased interest and improved attitudes toward STEM fields and careers, increased STEM knowledge and skills, and increased likelihood of pursuing STEM majors and careers.
CAN has created a suite of resources for you to review and download that can assist in the creation and implementation of STEM learning opportunities in your program. Check them out!