California AfterSchool Network

The California AfterSchool Network’s (CAN) purpose is to promote quality in expanded learning programs. Utilizing its unique and effective leadership and committee structure, CAN is a convener of the field, able to facilitate a two-way flow of information between the field and State and National policymakers where the needs and thoughts of the expanded learning field at all levels can influence and inform policy and policy is translated into practice.

  • CAN facilitated a multi-year process resulting in the creation and adoption of Quality Standards for Expanded Learning in California. These standards were officially released by the Superintendent of Public Instruction, and the document cover includes a quote from the Superintendent.  Access the stardards here.  
  • The State of the State of Expanded Learning in CA – The report documents CA’s investment in expanded learning, impacts of expanded learning programs, and highlights how California’ expanded learning programs are an essential resource in advancing statewide goals regarding new educational standards and Local Control Funding Formula budget priorities. Access the report here.
Current Projects and Initiatives: 
  • CAN is finalizing the third year of the Power of Discovery: STEM2 initiative, which has impacted over 600 expanded learning program sites and over 11,000 students. This project will transition to state leadership and will continue for another two years with public support. Learn more here.