15th Annual California Afterschool and Summer Challenge
March 11-12, 2019 | Sacramento, CA

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Help us keep children learning and parents working!

Be the voice of your community to ensure that expanded learning programming remains a public priority in California at the 15th annual California Afterschool & Summer Challenge. This is the only event of its kind that brings together hundreds of afterschool and school-age care providers, families and youth to share their stories of why afterschool and summer programming for youth matters. 

Already registered? Contact Gabriel Martinez with questions at gmartinez@calsac.org or (510) 444-4622 x 111.

Help us deliver postcards to the legislature!

Use the instructions below to get your youth, staff and family members engaged in advocacy for out-of-school time programs!

  1. Fill out the form here to get postcards sent to you or print your own in-house

  2. Have youth, staff, parents/families, teachers, principals – any supporter of afterschool – fill out a postcard

  3. Organize postcards by youth, staff, parents/families, teachers, principals

  4. Return postcards:

    1. Bring them to Challenge – We will be collecting postcards at the start of the Policy Plenary on Monday, March 11

    2. Ship or Drop off at the CalSAC office by March 6. Send them to:

      Gabriel Martinez

      ℅: CalSAC

      1918 University Ave, Suite 4B

      Berkeley, CA 94704


Challenge Information

As a participant at the Challenge, you're provided with:

  1. All Materials - including fact sheets and policy information, advocacy guides, legislative visit talking points and MORE!

  2. Training - for participants new to policy and advocacy, those more experienced AND for middle and high school youth!

  3. Legislative Visits with Your Team - each team will have a Team Leader to support and prepare the group for legislative office visits with your representatives and representatives in surrounding areas!

  4. Networking Opportunities - formal and informal activities to network and learn from other providers, families and youth from across the state!

  5. Meals - afternoon snacks on Monday and lunch on Tuesday

Challenge Logistics


Monday, March 11 - Tsakopoulos Library Galleria

11:30am-1:00pm Team Leader Lunch Meeting

12:30pm-1:30pm Event Check-in

1:30pm-3:00pm Policy Plenary

3:00pm-3:30pm Break (snacks provided)

3:30pm-5:30pm Advocacy Training Tracks (Youth, Emerging, Experienced)

5:45pm-6:30pm Legislative Visit Team Meetings

Tuesday, May 15 - Hyatt Sacramento & Capitol South Steps

9:00am-10:00am Rally Sign Making at the Hyatt

10:00am-10:30am March to Capitol South Steps

10:30am-11:00am Rally

11:00am-1:00pm Team Meetings and Lunch

1:00pm-4:00pm Legislative Visits

Below you will find event logistics to get you started on your journey to Sacramento. You will receive all this information in an email after you register.

  • Youth Participants: If you are planning to bring middle and high school youth they must be registered by an adult attending the event. There is a limit of 2 youth per adult registration – please connect with the CalSAC office if you cannot meet this ratio. Youth will be assigned to a legislative visit team with the registering adult. CalSAC does not take responsibility for youth participants.

  • Legislative Visits: The Challenge team is working tirelessly to confirm visits with your legislative representatives specifically for you! If you are unable to participate in the legislative visits on Tuesday, March 12 please contact Gabriel Martinez immediately gmartinez@calsac.org. Learn more and prepare for the legislative visits here

  • Lodging: CalSAC does not cover the cost of hotel rooms. Book a hotel room at our discounted room rate block at Hyatt here. The hotel reservation cutoff is February 18.

  • Meals: We are happy to provide afternoon snacks on Monday AND lunch on Tuesday. Attendees are responsible for all other meals.

  • Transportation: Travel to and from the airport is not provided.

  • Parking: There are several parking lots in the area that cost up to $18 per day. Click here to locate parking options in the area. Parking is available at the Hyatt Regency - Sacramento for $20.

  • COMING SOON: Challenge Issue Points: Learn more about the polices that we are focusing on during the Challenge.

Challenge Informational Webinars

We host informational webinars leading up to the event. The webinar will give you an overview of what to expect at the event, how you can prepare, and will make space for questions. We highly encourage NEW Challenge participants and anyone interested and considering attending to join a webinar. We also encourage anyone only attending Day 2 (Tuesday) to join this call.

Thank you to all of our planning partners!