The 2021 Budget Act included significant new funding for TK-12 schools, and the State had a clear vision for how to invest these new dollars to transform schools and the role they play in the broader community. These webinars will detail the three largest initiatives—the Expanded Learning Opportunities Program, Universal Transitional Kindergarten, and the California Community Schools Partnership Program, including strategies for how to implement them to maximize the opportunities and resources for your students, families, and communities in small and rural school agencies.

Upcoming Workshops to Support Small, Rural School Districts

Integrated Learning Sessions in 2022

Exploring Opportunities

January 26 from 10am-12pm

Building from the December 8th overview of key strategic initiatives, this session will provide a vision for how the three largest state initiatives (the Expanded Learning Opportunities Program, Universal Transitional Kindergarten, and the California Community Schools Partnership Program) can transform schooling in California including an overview of the community school strategy with special attention to the assets and challenges of rural schools and districts. Time and space will be devoted for discussion on current needs, initiative timelines, connections to colleagues, and practical ideas for today. We look forward to continuing the conversation. Register now!

Leveraging Existing Work 

February 16 10am-12pm

Building off the learnings from the previous session, this session will be a deeper dive into strategy and leveraging of existing work and partnerships to support planning and implementation. Participants will have ample opportunity to connect with others around key elements and possibilities of transformative strategies and work with facilitators to begin to develop goals for now and on the horizon. Register now! 

Moving Forward

March 9 from 10am-12pm

Participants will explore the opportunities offered by the California Community Schools Partnership Program (CCSPP) as a frame for strategic planning.   Hearing from peers and colleagues who are at differing entry points in the process will be central to this session, as participants look toward the potentiality of developing a plan for both applying for and maximizing California education investments.  Register now! 

December 8, 2021 Webinar Materials:

2021 Budget Act Investments and Opportunities

Learning From Our Small/Rural Leaders


Responses to Questions from December 8 Webinar

Additional Resources

Community Schools

Proposed California Community Schools Partnership Program Framework (Item 02) to be approved at the State Board of Education meeting on January 12, 2022.

Universal Prekindergarten (UPK)

Overview of the Universal Prekindergarten Planning Template on Thursday, January 13, 2022, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. This webinar will provide the latest information on the UPK Planning & Implementation Grant Program,  accompanying and forthcoming guidance, and include more detailed information on the Template, required questions and details for more funding opportunities. Register now!

The California Department of Education invites qualifying local educational agencies (LEAs), including charter schools, school districts, and county offices of education, to apply for funding for the Early Education Teacher Development Grant Program. This grant program is designed to be built upon and align with the allocation portion of the California Prekindergarten Planning and Implementation Grant Program allocated to LEAs. The goal of the grant is two-fold: (1) to increase the number of early educators available to serve California State Preschool Programs (CSPPs) and transitional kindergarten (TK) programs, and (2) to increase specific competencies for CSPP, TK, and kindergarten teachers. A Letter of Intent (LOI) is required if an applicant wishes to apply for the grant, and is due by 5 p.m. on January 19, 2022. For any questions regarding the Early Education Teacher Development Grant program, email

Expanded Learning Opportunity Program (ELOP)

Universal Meals Program Updates from CDE

Resource Type

Media, Resources, Videos

Type of Audience

Board, Parent, Site Administrator / Instructional Coach, Systems Leadership

Topic Area

Family and Community Engagement, Governance, Unduplicated Student Groups


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