Resources and Links

OCDE SSEL New Administrator Information and Resources

New Administrator Packet 

SELP Contact List 

OCDE SSEL Continuous Quality Improvement Resource Sheet 

OCDE SSEL Online Resource List 

OCDE SSEL Program Plan Development Resource Guide 

OCDE SSEL Resource Bookmark

OCDE SSEL SC Tip Sheets​​

BSP/ASP Minimum 85 Percent Calculator  (End of Year Reflection Tool)

BSP/ASP ASES Attendance Calculator  (Calendar Year) 
Attendance Calculator(Calendar Year).xls

OCDE SSEL SC Quality Standard Tip Sheets  

Quality Standards Cards_Front SIDE.pdf

Quality Standards Cards_Back SIDE.pdf

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ OCDE Power of Discovery and STEM

Power of Discovery STEM Hub  

ASES, ASSETs and 21st CCLC Webinars

The California Afterschool Network produced five short webinars around the Quality Standards for Expanded Learning in California. These webinars are intended to give Program Directors, Site Coordinators, frontline staff, and the field at large, a better understanding of the Quality Standards, Standards in Action and the Crosswalk, and how these items can be utilized in a process of Continuous Quality Improvement.

The webinar topics are:

  1. Background of the Quality Standards

  2. Evidence of Quality Improvement

  3. Overview of the Quality Standards

  4. Standards in Action

  5. Continuous Quality Improvement and the Crosswalk

Do you have staff who are new and need a quick lesson on guidance for ELPs? Or a returning staff member who needs a refresher? Click on the links below to access the webinars:

Expanded Learning in California Grantee Orientation Videos

Access the Grantee Orientation videos HERE! 

In collaboration with the California Department of Education's Expanded Learning Division (CDE-EXLD), the California Afterschool Network has created a series of videos to help Expanded Learning grantee staff strengthen their knowledge and understanding in the following content areas:

  • Grants 101
  • The Quality Standards for Expanded Learning in California
  • Continuous Quality Improvement
Federal Program Monitoring

How to use the Grantee Orientation videos:

In conjunction with the Grantee Orientation videos, CAN has created activity outlines and materials for Expanded Learning professionals to use to facilitate internal training and professional development with their staff. The videos can be used for program quality improvement planning, watched over a series of weeks, used as part of an on-boarding process or even as a refresher at the end of the year! 

Grants 101

The Quality Standards for Expanded Learning in California

Continuous Quality Improvement

Federal Program Monitoring

Campaign for Quality Videos

The California Afterschool Network is proud to announce a series of videos that highlight each of the 11 sections of the Quality Self-Assessment Tool (QSA Tool) and the 5 sections of the High School Quality Self-Assessment Rubric. Each of the 3-5 minute videos is designed to start meaningful conversations with your after school program’s stakeholders on program quality and to start a plan for continuous improvement.

View the videos now!

Ideas on how to use the Campaign for Quality Videos to start meaningful conversations around program quality:

  • Play one of the videos at each of your site's meetings
  • Show the videos to your school Principal or to teachers at school staff meetings
  • Start your staff professional development trainings with a video as an icebreaker
  • Have classroom check-in meetings with your students by using the videos to get your students' feedback on your program. 

College and Career Resources  

Career Education Organizations

Expanded Learning Quality Standards in Action Videos

Click here to view videos!

General Resources

After School AllianceA nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of afterschool programs and advocating for quality, affordable programs for all children.

After School Training Toolkit-  Builds Quality Enrichment Activities and provides resources in six key areas: arts, literacy, math, science, technology, and homework help. Available online, the toolkit includes sample lessons by grade level and tips for practitioners to see activities firsthand. The toolkit's sample activities include learning goals, directions, and potential results.

Bedtime Math-Offers a free 32 week curriculum of Crazy 8s activities organized into four 8-week kits. Crazy 8s is a recreational after-school math club that helps kids enjoy the math behind their favorite activities! 

California Academy of Sciences-offers workshops and free science lesson plans for grades K-12th.  They also offer a free program called Science Action Club which provides online and in-person training for afterschool staff, plus two environmental science units for grades 5-8. Each unit includes lesson plans for 12 hands-on activities and a teaching kit with tools and supplies for 20 youth.

California Afterschool Network (CAN) -The Mission of the California Afterschool Network is to influence policy and coordinate local and statewide efforts that support out of school time opportunities for children and youth.

California Career Resource Network (CalCRN) -program in the California Department of Education, provides career development information and resources to support development of the critical career self-management skills necessary for success in today's world of work. 

California School-Age Consortium (CalSAC)- works to support and advance professionals and organizations in providing quality and affordable out-of-school time programs through online and in-person trainings.

Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CALSEL) - an organization providing funding, information, training, and research around Social and Emotional Learning. 

Committee for Children- is a global nonprofit dedicated to fostering the safety and well-being of children through social-emotional learning and development.  It offers resources to support social-emotional learning and bully prevention. 

Discovery School Lesson Plans Library- Provides lesson ideas in a broad range of both traditional and non-traditional subject areas.

Every Monday Matters-  Is a not-for-profit committed to inspiring a new normal, where individuals and organizations understand how much and why they matter to themselves, the community around them, and the world. This website has free educator resources and YOU MATTER K-12 curriculum that focuses on making every Monday matter.

Expanded Student Success- Launched in January 2016, the Expanding Student Success Campaign is a statewide initiative designed to ensure that K-12 educators and leaders are exposed to the impact that Expanded Learning opportunities have on students and school communities.

Expanded Learning 360°/365! - Is a collaborative project dedicated to promoting the development of critical skills beyond academics that research has identified as essential to young people's success in school, work, and life. 

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence-A website created by a group of more than 30 Federal agencies formed in 1997 to make hundreds of Federally supported teaching and learning resources easier to find.

Fix School Discipline-  is a comprehensive resource for: school superintendents, principals, teachers, parents, students, community leaders and organizations and anyone who is interested in learning about how to eliminate harsh, push-out discipline practices and put in place solutions that work for all students. This organization offers free social-emotional learning resources and an educator toolkit that will help implement supportive, inclusive discipline policies.

Leadership for Student Success through After School Programs (LSSASP) - here you will find professional development modules that have been designed specifically for school administrators in California, along with a variety of print, video and Web link resources.

Learning in Afterschool and Summer-The Learning in Afterschool & Summer Self-Assessment Survey can be used to reflect on how well your afterschool or summer program is aligned with the LIAS learning principles: learning that is ACTIVE, COLLABORATIVE, MEANINGFUL, SUPPORTS MASTERY, AND EXPANDS HORIZONS.

National Network-  Is focused on the core components of afterschool and summer learning opportunities. Use this website to access valuable resources on expanded learning programs. 

National Poetry Month-  Get ideas and free resources to help your students appreciate this art form. 

Network for a Healthy California-Our mission is to create innovative partnerships that empower low-income residents of the Central Valley to increase fruit and vegetable consumption, physical activity and food security with the goal of preventing obesity and other diet-related chronic diseases.

PBS Teacher Source-  Offers over 3,000 standards-based lesson plans.

Playworks- A website that leverages the power of safe, fun, and healthy play. This websites has various physical activities that targeted k-12th grade. 

Public Profit-   A company that helps youth service organizations measure and manage what matters. This site has online tools to help evaluate program data.

Southwest Educational Development Laboratory- online resource tools for planning and operating afterschool programs. 

Summer Matters' -Summer Matters’ focus is on young people with the greatest need and fewest resources and we provide resources and support to summer learning programs.   

Tiger Woods Foundation- Offers free trainings, STEM kits that educators who attend the required seminar can check out and online college lesson plans for grades 6-12th. 


  • Engage your students in college and career prep resources through TGR EDU: Explore.
    • With four free digital lessons, available now, students can discover their passion, explore related careers, create an academic résumé and learn how to capture the attention of admissions counselors through their personal statements. Click on a lesson below to get started today. 

Grant Writing Tips 

50 Tips for Improving Your Chances of Winning a Grant 

Healthy Living and Physical Activity Resources 

Click Here for Resources!

Quality Standard: Healthy Choices and Behaviors Video

Afterschool Energizers K-6th Grade.pdf

Agriculture Lesson Plans

K-5 Energizers.pdf

Middle School Energizers.pdf

Middle School Activity Breaks.pdf

Free Nutrition Lesson Plans

Fun and Food Resources

CACFP (Child and Adult Food Program) Training Tools- Posters

Online Nutrition Education Program for Teens, Eat Move Win

Around the World Games 1 & Around the World Games 2 

Agriculture Lesson Plans

Student Activity Book

Kids and Alcohol Resources

Interactive  Websites  


Key Resources for California After School Programs  

Key Resources for California After School Programs.pdf

National Education Association Lesson Plan Resource Library

Click Here for Lesson Plan Resources by month and subject!


Beginners Guide to Online Marketing for Your Afterschool Program

Movie Curriculum

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Afterschool Appreciation Week Resources 

Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week, April 23 – 27 2018!


Click Here for the Afterschool Toolkit!

Join the National Afterschool Association (NAA) and afterschool professionals across the country in honoring the talented and dedicated professionals in your program! Here are 5 steps to start celebrating:

 1) Share the news with your staff, youth in your program, families and members of your community! Click here for ideas and inspiration.

 2) Access the toolkit for downloadable graphics, sample social posts and a promotional video and more! Include the hashtag #heartofafterschool in your posts!

 3) Order swag! Buttons, t-shirts and more are available in the online store here.

 4) Send a Press Release to your local media and encourage your local and state officials to proclaim April 23-27, 2018 as Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week. Click here for templates.

 5) Help Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week Go Viral! Follow these instructions to participate in our social media campaign. You can also find the campaign at

Parent Resources

Homework Tips For Parents

Research about After School Programs  

Research about After School Programs.pdf

Kids Safety Curriculum 

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Social Emotional Learning Resources

Click Here for Resources!

Act for Youth SEL Resources

American Psychological Association Resources

Centervention SEL Free Teaching Resources 

Center on the Social Emotional Foundations for Early Learning Resources (Early Childhood)

Changing Minds (Childhood Trauma Resources)

Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning,  (CASEL) Resources 

Every Monday Matters Curriculum 

Expanded Learning 30-365 SEL Resources 

Partnership for Children and Youth SEL Resources

Preparing Youth to Thrive Resources

Sanford Harmony Curriculum 

SEL Resource Finder 

WINGS Helping Kids Soar Program


Design Challenges  

California Academy of Science Free Lessons

¿Necesita lecciones en español? ¡No hay problema!

NBA Math Hoops Free Curriculum 
Click Here! 

Teaching Tolerance Webinars

Click Here!

Tips for Shared Learning Among Youth and Adults

Tips for Shared Learning Among Youth and Adults.pdf