Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Afterschool For All Changes Its Name

Afterschool For All Changes Its Name

The San Francisco Afterschool for All effort is excited to announce it has changed its name to the Expanded Learning Collaborative: Making the Most of K-12 Out of School Time Learning. This new name is reflective of the enhanced scope the Afterschool for All effort has tackled over the last few years. In 2005, Mayor Gavin Newsom and then Superintendent of Schools Gwen Chan made a pledge to support the creation of a citywide afterschool system that would address existing challenges and aim to provide “afterschool for all” elementary and middle school children. While the effort originally focused primarily on the afterschool needs of elementary and middle school youth citywide, now the effort also includes out of school time options for high school age youth and summer programming. The city, school district, parent and youth representatives, and other community partners have been working together to meet two main goals for k-12 youth, which are: increasing access to out of school time programs for all who want them and enhancing the quality of out of school time programs. The effort will continue to bring together stakeholders across the city to focus on the issues of increasing access to program options and enhancing program quality, and will continue to be led by DCYF and SFUSD.

Check out the new ELC website at http://sfelc.org, which offers:

• Program quality tools that any OST program can use, include self assessments, a resource binder and more

• Information for parents & families to understand their OST options in San Francisco

• Networking forum for program providers to post messages, view event calendars, a job message board and information about how to get FREE technical assistance for their program. Register for this part of the website today!

Seeking Members for Citywide OST and Policy Council & Workgroups

As the school year begins, the Expanded Learning Collaborative (ELC) is seeking leaders who are committed to out of school time issues to serve on the Policy Council and two work groups. The Policy Council is a dynamic advisory body that brings together stakeholders in San Francisco’s out of school time community to focus on systems-level policies and solutions that increase access to programs and enhance the quality of programs throughout the city. The Policy Council provides a means for joint planning, responsibility and accountability to develop and expand a comprehensive, citywide learning system. To apply for a position on the policy council please complete the application on survey monkey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ELCPolicyCouncil and submit the application by by Sunday, September 1, 2013 at 6pm.

ELC also uses work groups of volunteers to ensure a broad group of voices are represented in its efforts and to ground its efforts in practitioners, family members’ and school staffs experiences. These work groups provide input on objectives defined by the Expanded Learning Collaborative’s Policy Council. This year, the first work group is titled,” Fostering Understanding About OST Financial Sustainability Work Group” and focuses on providing input about how OST programs are funded and how those messages can be delivered. The Summer Learning Network Work Group, is set up to promote awareness of summer learning programs, foster the adoption of citywide tools among providers and funders and to provide input on citywide professional development events for summer programs. To apply for a position on a work group, please complete the application on survey monkey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ELC13workgpapp and submit it by September 6, 2013.

To acquire more information about the policy council or work groups, please see the pdf for each group on the ELC website: ELC Seeking Members