CAN Newsletter: September 1, 2015
The U.S. Senate recently passed Legislation (S. 1177) to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) commonly referred to as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). The Senate bill preserves dedicated funding for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program. The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed HR 5, the Student Success Act. The House version of ESEA reauthorization would eliminate the 21st CCLC program in favor of a block grant to states that could be used for a variety of purposes. Next, the House and Senate will work through conference committee to put forward a final version of ESEA reauthorization.
The Afterschool Alliance, the National Center for Time and Learning, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, YMCA of the USA and Citizen Schools are inviting organizations (not individuals at this time) to sign on to a letter (attached) asking House and Senate education committee leadership to include the 21st CCLC program in the final ESEA reauthorization legislation. To add your organization to the letter, please email the name of your group (and city/state for local or statewide organizations) to JLuchner@afterschoolalliance.org The deadline to sign on has been extended to Friday September 4th.
Federal After School and Summer Meals Programs up for Reauthorization
Does your program benefit from federal nutrition programs?
Federal Child Nutrition reauthorization is currently under way. The current Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, which authorizes funding for child nutrition programs such as the Child and Adult Care Food Program (including the After School Meal Program), the School Breakfast Program, and the Summer Food Service Program, is up for reauthorization by the end of September.
The Crosswalk Between the Quality Standards for Expanded Learning and Program Quality Assessment Tools outlines a number of available tools for quality assessment and improvement, including a matrix indicating the degree to which each tool supports assessment of the Quality Standards. The California After School Program Quality Self-Assessment Tool was found to have a high level of alignment with the quality standards. The Tool, User Guide and online training outline how to use the tool as part of a continuous quality improvement (CQI) process. In addition, CAN has created a series of videos describing each section of the Tool, and a series of webinars and a guide describing promising practices related to each section of the tool. These resources, along with the The High School After School Quality Self-Assessment Rubric and corresponding videos are freely available for programs to utilize as part of a process of continuous quality improvement (CQI).
A new Learning in Afterschool and Summer Blog written for the CAN newsletter focuses on Professional Learning Communities (PLCs). The blog defines PLCs, outlines how PLCs can be utilized to improve practice, describes promising practices in the implementation of PLCs, and outlines a new resource that program leaders and support providers can utilize as they design and implement PLCs. Access the blog and begin strengthening your Professional Learning Community.
The California School Age Consortium (CalSAC) is launching 4 NEW OST Energenius Training Modules and Activity Guides! Each guide offers activities for Out-of-School Time programs to engage children and youth in energy conservation, and resources to help families save energy and money. These FREE 2-hour trainings will be available to PG&E Service Areas. Programs can receive these free trainings by requesting a CalSAC trainer or attending an OST Energenius Regional Training Event.
The California AfterSchool Network (CAN) is growing – as our reach expands and sharpens, so will our team.
We are proud to announce that we are currently seeking:
- A new Program Director (Application deadline: September 11, 2015)
- A new Program Coordinator (Application deadline: September 11, 2015)
- A new Administrative Assistant (Application deadline: September 11, 2015)
In July, CAN unpacked its boxes in its new home. The CAN Leadership Team is excited to build its team in order implement exciting work outlined in upcoming contracts and grants. It is also excited to leverage its fresh partnership with its new fiscal sponsor, the Foundation for California Community Colleges (the Foundation). In partnership with the Foundation, CAN is well-positioned to remain “of the field, for the field.” and to create new opportunities to advance its mission. Are you interested in advancing an inspiring mission in service to the expanded learning field as part of the CAN team? Access the attached job announcements and visit our website for more information. We look forward to receiving your application.