What We Do
CalSAC provides afterschool and out-of-school time programs and professionals
with the training and support they need to deliver
high quality, affordable programming for kids. Through
our statewide network of members and chapters, we aim
to mobilize the afterschool workforce and mobilize
the field around our common vision.
Reaching every child.
Approximately 1.5 million children between the ages of five and thirteen
lack access to afterschool programs in California.
We work to increase the visibility of and investment
in these programs by organizing communities and professionals
to advocate for the creation of new facilities and
programs throughout the state.
Making afterschool programs affordable.
Many families, especially low-income families, have difficulty finding affordable
school-age child care. CalSAC helps programs keep their costs
low by providing free and reduced-cost training and technical assistance. We also work
with federal and state governments to increase funding
for issues that affect the cost of afterschool care.
Advancing quality in programs.
Well-trained workers form the backbone of quality programs.
Each year, CalSAC produces approximately 200 local, regional and statewide conference and training
events. Thanks to a contract from the California Department
of Education Child Development Division, CalSAC also
has launched a trainer network that features CalSAC's Online Training Request Service (OTRS), allowing
agencies the ability to request FREE training at their site or wherever they choose. Agencies can
also select from a series of modules and choose their
trainer. All CalSAC trainings are designed to give
out-of-school time professionals the skills and resources
they need to deliver top-notch programs.
The California School-Age Consortium's mission is to support and advance professionals and
organizations in providing quality, affordable and
accessible afterschool and school-age care programs.
Our vision is that afterschool and school-age care programs will be a public priority throughout
California. Through our leadership, out-of-school time professionals
and programs will be valued — like teachers and schools — as an essential service supported by government, business
and community resources.
See how CalSAC events and projects benefit your community, or get involved with your local chapter.