CAN Newsletter – June 14, 2016

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No ASES Rate Increase in State Budget Despite Strong Legislative Support

On June 9th, Governor Jerry Brown and the California Legislature came to an agreement on the state budget for the next fiscal year. Despite the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education proposing a $73 million increase and the Senate Budget Subcommittee 1 proposing a Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for the After School Education and Safety (ASES) program; the budget compromise between the Governor and the legislature does not include an increase to ASES. After school advocates sought a $73 million to increase the funding rate from $7.50 to $8.50 per student, per day to provide critical relief to programs at risk of closing due to flat funding. The budget agreement includes increases for child care, early education, and K-12 education. In a recent edsource article, Jennifer Peck, Executive Director of the Partnership for Children and Youth outlined, “The Governor and other leaders have failed to see that nothing else we do in our education system to level the playing field for our most underserved students will be effective, if we don’t provide learning opportunities during the hours after school and in the summer.” The legislature will vote next week on the budget plan that starts July 1, 2016.

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Impact on SES Changes on Expanded Learning Programs

The Partnership for Children & Youth recently released an alert regarding the passage of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). California is now in the process of transitioning from the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law to the new law. Like all states, California is required to implement a Transition Plan to provide districts guidance on how to utilize federal dollars and programs during this interim phase (the 16/17 school year) until ESSA is fully implemented later in 2017. ASES and 21st CCLC program administrators and partners have the opportunity to review this guidance and reach out to the appropriate school district staff to ensure that district transition plans for former SES dollars and activities include leveraging existing after school and summer learning programs. 

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Make Summer Matter – National Summer Learning Day

The National Summer Learning Association is holding their annual advocacy day on July 14, 2016. National Summer Learning Day is led by the National Summer Learning Association to elevate the importance of keeping kids learning, safe and healthy every summer. Many kinds of high-quality learning opportunities during the summer can make a difference in stemming learning loss and ultimately, closing the country’s achievement gap. Our first lady, Michelle Obama, reminds us how important the summer months are to kids. Up to 3 months worth of knowledge from the previous school year could be lost during the summer months if kids are not engaged in acquiring new skills, activities, and/or reading. “Don’t let summers go to waste!” Learn more about hosting a Summer Learning Day event or to take the pledge

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ASES and 21st CCLC 2017 Field and Site Coordinator Surveys Open Through June 8, 2018

About the ASES and 21st CCLC Expanded Learning Field and Site Coordinator Surveys 2018

Purpose
The California AfterSchool Network (CAN) in partnership with the California Department of Education’s Expanded Learning Division (CDE-EXLD), is seeking information regarding After School Education and Safety (ASES) and 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) practitioners and supporter’s knowledge of the Quality Standards for Expanded Learning in California, and understanding of the requirements to implement a Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) process. The surveys are also intended to surface current field challenges and needs.

The survey will provide assessment data to inform a CQI process at the statewide level. We are gathering this end-of-year data to assess how the statewide System of Support can further support the field. The surveys will be open until June 8, 2018.

Two Surveys for Different Audiences

Hard copies of each survey are attached for previewing.

Field Survey 
The Field Survey is intended for all ASES and 21st CCLC expanded learning field practitioners, supporters and administrators, except for Site Coordinators (e.g., Grant Manager, Program Director, State, District or Community Based Organization (CBO) Administrator, Technical Assistance Provider, School Teacher or Principal, Front-Line Staff).

Site Coordinator Survey
The Site Coordinator Surveyis intended for Site Coordinators of ASES or 21st CCLC, including After School Safety and Enrichment for Teens, or ASSETs programs.

  • A Site Coordinator is someone who oversees a program at one site and is responsible for the supervision of frontline staff. 

Why take this survey? 

  • Ten Site Coordinators who take the Site Coordinator survey will be selected to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card.   
  • Your participation will provide data to statewide and regional leaders, and the field at-large to inform efforts to support expanded learning programs.
  • CAN and the CDE will be releasing a summary of the aggregate data gathered in this survey regionally and statewide. 
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Building Partnerships for a More Enriching School Day

The Wallace Foundation released the study Expanded Schools National Demonstration: Lesson for Scale and Sustainability. The study offers recommendations based on the experiences of 10 schools that employed the ExpandED model that changes the use of time by strategically adding time to the school day, enhancing skills and knowledge by engaging students in enrichment opportunities beyond core academics. The ExpandED school model seeks to use partnerships between public schools, community organizations and intermediary organizations to increase those enrichment activities. Researchers studied the use of this model in 10 schools in three cities, New York City, Baltimore and New Orleans over four years. The study identifies the parts of the model that were easiest for schools to implement and parts that were the most challenging.

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Program Leader
Multiple Locations

THINK Together is now hiring After School Program Leaders!  They are in search of outstanding individuals from all backgrounds, majors, and career interests to join our team. They’re looking for people who want to transfer their passions and skills to the classroom. All our applications are online, to submit an application please visit the THINK Together Career website and search for “Program Leader.”

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Do You Have a Job Opening? Seeking a job?

The California AfterSchool Network is now connecting expanding learning programs and job seekers. Job openings can be for any level of an out-of-school time program or organization serving youth. Visit our website to post a current job opportunity or check out our job listings today. 

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