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"Connect" is CAN's internal newsletter for staff, interns, volunteers, board members, and anyone else who would like to receive bi-weekly updates regarding highlights, announcements, and ongoing training/professional development updates. Welcome and join us in our virtual community-building endeavor!

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All We Need Is Love

"Research shows that the more adversity children encounter, the higher is their risk for later consequences...Resilience is 'the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or significant sources of stress' (American Psychological Association, 2012). Studies show that resilience is influenced by a number of factors, including characteristics of a child (e.g., skills, temperament, motivation) and their surroundings. Safe, inclusive, and nurturing environments strengthen resilience in traumatized children, whereas hostile and unresponsive environments add stress and may further traumatize those who are already vulnerable." --Trauma-Informed Programs and Practices for Schools (TIPPS) Program Guide

What are some steps your team is intentionally taking to ensure your spaces are safe, inclusive, and nurturing?



  • Shout out to Hikone Intern, Hannah Keith, for this beautiful reward system board and being an overall rockstar!

  • Three cheers for a clean and organized Bryant shed (wahoo, Fayiza!)

  • Creekside residents are getting in the spoooooky spirit!

  • The Humane Society visited Brick Community Center, and students got to "adopt" Beanie Baby animals to take home <3

  • Midge and Tess doing a great job at Bryant, cultivating meaningful relationships with our students, like Jamera

  • Pictured are some of Brick's students' "About Me" flyers - did your site also create some? These are always so fun!



CAN Fall Holiday Parties- These are great opportunities to have fun with CAN kiddos and families. We encourage those who can to ask directors what they need, plug in, and help out at an upcoming Halloween Party!

  • Green Baxter Court - October 25, ~4-6pm

  • Hikone - October 26, ~4-6pm

  • Brick - October 27, ~4-6pm

  • Arrowwood Hills - October 28, ~4-6pm

  • Creekside Court - October 28, ~4-6pm

Upcoming Staff Meetings- Our weekly rotation of staff meetings will be as follows:

  1. Management Meeting

  2. All Staff/Interns Meeting

  3. Management Meeting

  4. Off-Week / Meet on as-needed basis (e.g. Anyone who needs to touch base with specific people can set aside these Fridays to schedule those meetings with whomever it makes the most sense to include)

That means for the next couple of months, our meeting schedule as of right now will look as follows:

  • October 29, Management Meeting: 1-2:30pm

  • November 5, All Staff* Meeting: 1-3pm

  • November 12, Management Meeting: 1-2:30pm

  • November 19, Off-Week/ Meet on as-needed basis (e.g. Anyone who needs to touch base with specific people can set aside these Fridays to schedule those meetings with whomever it makes the most sense to include)

  • November 26, Off: CAN is closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday

  • December 3, Management Meeting: 1-2:30pm

*All staff are invited to attend- these are mandatory for Directors & VISTAs; Program Assistants and Interns are welcome to join if available.

CAN On the Holidays-

  • November 24-26 - CAN is closed

  • December 2 - Last day of ASP for most CAN sites

  • December 6-10 - Prep for Holiday Parties

  • December 13-16 - CAN Holiday Parties

  • December 22-January 2 - Bryant Market Closed

  • December 24 - CAN Closed

  • December 31 - CAN Closed

You can also view our more dynamic schedule on CAN's Google Calendar:

Google Calendars are a helpful tool CAN uses so we can make updates and share them out with all of our stakeholders in case anything changes!


Tips & Tidbits

Do you remember...

CAN's After School Program priorities & purpose statements from the "CAN After School Program Overview" training?

These are a great guiding light to stay on-mission!

-Review the SMART Goals your team made at the mid-semester check-in

-Reflect on how you are collaborating with your team to ensure the students have consistent and quality care in safe, nurturing, and inclusive spaces

And, if there isn't something there you would find incredibly valuable for yourself and staff to come, please email Katie at and we can work together to improve and increase our resources.


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Thanks for reading! If you have any questions or comments (or highlights, announcements, etc.), please email Katie at

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