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.

Current Projects and Initiatives: 
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • ASES funding received an increase. On June 27, 2017 Governor Jerry Brown signed the California State Budget of Fiscal Year 2017-18, which included an additional $50 million in ongoing funding for the After School Education and Safety (ASES) program. Though the $50 million only goes halfway to meeting the field's current fiscal needs of a $9 daily rate in response to the increased state minimum wage, this is an essential first step that will allow programs to stay open and ensure thousands of students continue to have a safe place to go after the school bell rings.