CAN Newsletter – March 15, 2016
CAN’s very own (Program Director) Jessica Hay was recently featured in a blog titled, Empower Your Team: Tips from OST Experts. The blog, written by Daniel W. Hatcher, National Out of School Advisor, outlines 10 tips on partnership and staff engagement from Out-of-School Experts. Read the blog.
Demand for out-of-school time programs is growing. The cost of keeping more children safe and engaged after school continues to rise. Now more than ever, these programs need adequate funding. This spring, appropriators in the Senate and House of Representatives will determine funding levels for fiscal year 2017 initiatives that support afterschool and summer learning programs—including 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC). In his budget proposal this year, President Obama asked for a $167 million cut to 21st CCLC that would be devastating to the 170,000 children and their families who stand to lose access to their after school programs, including thousands of children in California. Learn more about federal after school funding and communicate the importance of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program.
The After School Division (ASD) is proud to announce the release of a new recognition opportunity for expanded learning programs in California. The program titled, Distinguished After School Health (DASH) Recognition Program, will recognize expanded learning programs that are meeting exemplary health education, nutrition, and activity standards. This recognition is based on SB 949 (Jackson) with the support of the State Superintendent of Public Education, Tom Torlakson. Successful candidates will receive a certificate of recognition (valid for two years), and the program’s name will be posted on the ASD website. Kindergarten through Middle School programs are eligible to apply. Applications are due April 8, 2016. Learn more at the ASD After School Education and Safety or 21st Century Community Learning Centers pages. Additionally, State Senator Hannah Beth-Jackson released this Press Release, providing even more information and context regarding DASH.
The Afterschool Alliance is working with partner agencies to build a consortium around increasing nutrition and physical activity in afterschool. Obesity rates have soared over the past four decades. More than 23 million youth – one in three - are considered overweight or obese.
In its latest installment of its America After 3pm study, for the first time ever the Afterschool Alliance research has a specific focus on rural America and the state of after school in rural communities.
CalSAC is excited to announce the Energenius®Out-of-School Time Program. The Energenius OST Program is a dynamic environmental STEM curriculum designed to engage children, youth and their families in energy and water conservation. Through on-site training and curriculum guides, programs are resourced with educational activities designed to strengthen the knowledge and habits critical for energy and water conservation. Training is available in Regions 2-7 during March and April.
Established in 1988, Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) celebrates and mobilizes millions of young people to improve their communities through service. GYSD is the largest service event in the world and the only one dedicated to the contributions that children and youth make 365 days of the year. GYSD will take place on April 15-17, 2016. You can read more about it here.