CalSAC’s work is driven by the needs of the out-of-school time professionals working in diverse communities throughout California. To inform our programs, we listen to the people on the ground working with youth every day and to the needs and priorities of communities. CalSAC forges intentional and meaningful partnerships with leading education and philanthropic organizations to leverage resources and cutting-edge research and practices. We are sought out for our history of strong program design, far-reaching impact and collaborative spirit. Through these partnerships, CalSAC provides timely, relevant, free and low-cost trainings and services for out-of-school time professionals and programs.
CalSAC serves out-of-school time professionals at all levels - from line staff and practitioners to managers and program directors - serving programs of all types and sizes. By accessing CalSAC's high-quality training, ongoing professional development and a network of professionals, staff and programs are equipped to succeed in bringing out the very best in the young people they serve.
To get started, choose from an array of 2-3 hour on-site training topics or eLearning courses as listed below.
For on-site training, select your preferred date and time and a local CalSAC Trainer will work with you to deliver an effective and memorable training for your staff team.
Access our 36 eLearning courses as well in each of the training topic areas. Download full eLearning course catalog.
Training Topics Areas
Featured Training Projects
All children need social-emotional and character skills to thrive in school, work and life. Social-Emotional Learning and Character Development: The Expanded Learning 360º/365 Training and Professional Development program provides participants with foundational knowledge of social-emotional learning. Out-of-school time programs play an important role in helping young people develop confidence, problem-solving skills, self-management, and interpersonal skills. In this program, practitioners learn how to help young people build a solid foundation of character, which imparts valuable social skills for success in school, work and life.
Through games, projects, and hands-on citizen science, youth in SAC investigate nature, document their discoveries, connect with scientists, and design strategies to protect our planet. Educators receive professional development training on SAC kits, guidebooks, and best practices for teaching science in the informal learning environment.
Summer programs have the potential to improve academic achievement and learning readiness for participating children and youth. Summer learning loss, the phenomenon where young people lose academic skills over the summer, is one of the most significant causes of the achievement gap between lower and higher income youth and one of the strongest contributors to the high school dropout rate. For many young people, the summer “opportunity gap” contributes to the gaps in achievement, employment and college and career success.
The Summer Technical Assistance Network Project prepares program staff to run the highest quality summer programs for youth. Participating sites gain training and tools that maximize their effectiveness and technical assistance to help them implement everything they learn.
Our English Learner Training and Professional Development Project is an intensive program that strengthens the capacity of youth providers to deliver high quality, intentional and inclusive programming that meets the needs of young people who are developing their English language skills.
This project is offered in partnership with Development Without Limits West and Public Profit.