Contact Your System of Support for Expanded Learning

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The regional system of support for California is called the System of Support for Expanded Learning (SSEL). The SSEL consists of California Department of Education Expanded Learning Division (CDE EXLD) staff, designated County Leads/Staff, and contracted Technical Assistance (TA) Providers (California AfterSchool Network and ASAPconnect).

The CDE currently provides TA funding to sixteen County Offices of Education (COE’s) throughout the 11 California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA) regions. The regional teams are funded to build the capacity of Expanded Learning programs. Additionally, 16 COE’s have been funded to support high-quality STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) programming within Expanded Learning programs. 

TA has been defined as ongoing, needs-driven support services to create effective and quality Expanded Learning Programs. The TA includes coaching, training, resource brokering, mentoring, consultation, and facilitation.


Regional Lead Offices Provide:


  • Quality Program Characteristics (K-12)
  • After-school Program Requirements
  • Complimentary Funding Sources
  • Local, Regional and Statewide Resources Available


  • Identifying and Supporting:
  • Long-term Fiscal Program Sustainability
  • Program Evaluation
  • Research-Based Practices for Quality Programs
  • Identifying and Disseminating Research-Based and Standards-Aligned Curriculum and Materials
  • Coaching and Mentoring in School Environments
  • Developing and Maintaining Regional Peer Support Networks

    Trainings & Support

  • Conducting Individual Program Site Visits
  • Assisting Programs to Identify Technical Assistance Needs and Issues
  • Training Targeted to Specific Program Needs
  • Providing/ Organizing Professional Development Opportunities
  • Training for After-School Staff in Research-Based and Standards
  • Aligned Program Planning and Implementation Strategies

In addition to serving the field directly, Regional Lead Offices offer facilitation, communication, and outreach to after-school programs. Regional efforts are focused on building effective and sustainable programs that meet the needs of children and young people in California.

Connect with your System of Support

System of Support Expanded Learning Regional Support Teams

ASAPConnect Website
Promoting collaboration. Advancing excellence. ASAPconnect links out-of-school-time programs and assistance providers so you can partner more effectively, expand capabilities and improve program quality.

Additional Resources for Expanded Learning Programs in California

California Afterschool Advocacy Alliance                                  

  • Information on bills specifically pertaining to after school and education
  • E-Newsletters with updates and resources
  • After School Programs Facts Sheets
  • A program search tool

 California Department of Education                             

  • Child Development Program Overview
  • Contractor Information
  • Resources

California School Age Consortium (Cal-SAC)

  • Information on the National Afterschool Association
  • Events
  • Trainings