State of the State of California After School – May 2012
Overview of the State of California After School
• In California, primarily state – and some federal – funding supports over 4,500 after school programs with the capacity to serve well over 450,000 students in the 2011-12 school year.
• State and federally funded after school programs serve exclusively low-income communities, many with high levels of English Learners.
• After school programs require a local match, met typically through leveraging additional funds and encouraging community partnerships. For example, after school programs leverage federal funds to provide after school snacks and meals to their participants.
• Supplemental state and federal after school funds also support essential summer learning opportunities for low-income youth.
• Still, state and federal after school funding is unavailable for over 2,600 schools in low-income communities and many existing programs have waiting lists.
Benefits of After School and Summer Learning Programs
• After school and summer learning programs increase student achievement, prevent crime, improve health, and strengthen the economy.
• After school and summer learning programs keep kids healthy and combat childhood obesity by offering healthy food and opportunities for physical activity.
• After school and summer learning programs are flexible learning environments where youth can engage in quality Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and other learning opportunitiesthat may not be offered in the core instructional day
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Matching Funds Calculator: March 2016
Attached is a spreadsheet that can be used for documenting in-kind funds in preparation for an FPM.
Snack and Meal Information (2011-2012)At-Risk CACFP Afterschool Handbook
CA Afterschool Network Providing Meals in After School Webinar 6-7-11
Supper Information Sheets with link to CA Afterschool Network.doc
California Summer Meal Program Coalition - 3 FREE WEBINARS!
Looking for some fun activities to get kids moving while they're at your summer meal sites? Or perhaps you're looking for other nutrition education resources to help kids and their families stay healthy this summer. Check out our three (free) webinars that can help you incorporate nutrition education into your summer meal programs. Click on the titles below to access the pre-recorded webinars.
- Heather Reed, Nutrition Education Consultant at California
- Department of Education, provides an overview of nutrition education and how summer programs/summer meal programs can integrate fun activities that support nutrition and physical activity...and fun. This webinar includes planning tips, free resources, and sample plans.
- The Network for a Healthy California's Jackie Richardson explains the importance of cutting back on sugar-sweetened beverages and provides practical tips for summer meal providers to help kids and their families make healthier drink choices.
- Learn by example from Gail Atkins, program director at Redwood Empire Food Bank, how the Network for a Healthy California Children's Power Play! Campaign can support summer meal providers with healthy (and fun!) activities. For summer meal providers serving elementary school-age kids, this is a partnership opportunity you don't want to miss!
Have Questions or need help locating resources?
Revised Meal Requirements
AB 626 - Revised Meal Requirements - Effective 1/1/2014
CACFP After School Meal Program Resources from CANCACFP After School Meal Program Resources
AB 626 - Revised Meal Requirements - Eff 1/1/2014 Word
1. Getting a Head Start on the Common Core
Part 1 of a series of reports on the development of high-quality summer learning programs in California.
Getting a Head Start on the Common Core
How educaiton leaders can use summer programs to stop summer learning loss, and build student and staff capacity to succeed in the new Common Core environment.
Partnership for Children & Youth
2. Teaching Kids How to Succeed in School
Part 2 of a series on reports on the development of high-quality summer lerning programs in California.
Teaching Kids How to Succeed in School
How educaiton leaders can use summer programs to engage students and develop their confidence as capable learners.
Partnership for Children & Youth
3. A High Impact Training Ground for Teachers and Staff
Part 3 of a series of reports on the development of high-quality summer learning programs in California.
A High Impact Training Ground for Teachers and Staff
How educaiton leaders can use summer programs to provide powerful professional learning opportunities in support of Common Core implementation and student-centered learning goals.
Partnership for Children & Youth
NSLA Summer Quality Standards
- Summer Learning Loss Data - Lasting Consequences of the Summer Learning Gap (This is the research from which many of the references in other materials are drawn.)
- Program Effectiveness
- Summer Matters: How Summer Learning Strengthens Students’ Success
- Putting Summer to Work – 3 reports on summer learning and Common Core implementation, social-emotional learning and teacher/staff development
Summer Matters Evaluation-How Summer Learning Strengthens Students' Success
Summer Matters-Social Emotional
Summer Matters-Common Core
Summer Matters-Teacher Staff
Quick CASP: 4. Quality Improvement Plan Instructional Video
This short video discusses developing your Quality Improvement Plan — the final part of the Quick CASP process. During this phase, you’ll be drawing on your findings from both the Planning & Management Assessment and the Observation Assessment phases to identify a short list of impactful improvements you can make to your summer learning program.
Watch this video for suggestions on how to look at your earlier assessments, how to select improvement areas, and how to document your improvement plan. The video ends with a quick refresher on the Quality Improvement Process Cycle.
Quick CASP: 2. Observation Assessment Instructional Video
This short video walks you through the Observation Assessment portion of the Quick CASP. It includes tips on planning your observation period, what to look for during the observations, identifying program strengths, delivering feedback, and documenting areas for improvement. Watch this video as preparation for your Observation Assessment and ensure you have the right framework for reporting and utilizing your observations.
Quick CASP: 3. Planning and Management Assessment Instructional Video
This short video offers guidance on the Planning and Management Assessment portion of the Quick CASP. This part of Quick CASP asks you to look at the infrastructure supporting your program including goals, stakeholder communication, and planning processes.
Watch the video and get a better handle on the Planning & Management Assessment part of Quick CASP. This section deals with many of the unseen, but essential elements of a successful summer learning program.
Quick CASP: 1. Features Instructional Video
The video offers a short introduction to the purpose of the Quick CASP, its parts, and how to use it.
Watch the video and learn how the Quick CASP can benefit your program, and get an early look at the work you’ll be doing.
Quick CASP - A Summer Program Quality Assessment ToolQuick CASP - A Summer Program Quality Assessment Tool
Quick CASP - At-A-Glance Reference GuideQuick CASP - At-A-Glance Reference Guide
Quick CASP - Crosswalk with Quality Standards for Expanded Learning in Calif.Quick CASP - Crosswalk with Quality Standards for Expanded Learning in Calif.
Quick CASP - A Summer Program Quality Assessment Tool - USER'S GUIDEQuick CASP - A Summer Program Quality Assessment Tool - USER'S GUIDE
Quality Standards for Expanded Learning Programs
The After School Division, in collaboration with the California Afterschool Network, has worked over the past year to create the attached Quality Standards for Expanded Learning Programs.
These Quality Standards were developed by the Work Group on Quality Standards. This group was selected through a competitive application process, and its members reflected the broad regional diversity of the state of California as well as the various stakeholder groups in Expanded Learning.
The Work Group’s process included several rounds of feedback from a broad array of stakeholders across the state that resulted in final recommendations submitted to the After School Division in June 2013 for review.
The After School Division has reviewed and approved these 12 quality standards as guidance for its expanded learning programs, and provided the context that will inform conversations around program quality and field support. We encourage you to read this document, and share and discuss it with your After School Program staff.
There will be a Phase Two of this Quality Standards development process for which we will be recruiting participants. Instructions on how to apply are in the attached document.
Thank you for your commitment to improving quality in your Expanded Learning programs.
After School Division
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Suite 3400
Sacramento, CA 95814
Students Have Access to New Career Website - July 1, 2012
The new California Career Center Web Portal at www.calcareercenter.org is the state's first central, comprehensive website of career and college resources for middle school and high school students.
Part of his Career Readiness Campaign, state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said the portal "gives students, parents, and teachers a one-stop shop to help demystify the process of moving from the classroom to careers."
Students can use the free interactive site to build a personalized account that allows them to save critical information, or simply use the left hand navigation bar as a tool to help them through the exploration process.
association of california school administrators
ACSA has developed several resources to help protect the educational rights of undocumented students. The resources are intended to provide legal clarity and recommended strategies for ensuring undocumented students have access to a safe and equitable learning environment. Fact sheets, guidance cards, and videos can be found at www.acsa.org/undocumented. The website will continue to be updated. We encourage you to share the materials with your local communities.