News and Press
Two Ways to Improve the Health of Students
September 2015
In two separate studies researchers have found that by giving students free fruits and vegetables as snacks, and by giving them a lunch period long enough to finish their lunch, we can improve their diets and health. Read more here.

CDC Study - School Meals 'Healthier Now than Ever Before"
August 2015
According to a study from the CDC, "The percentage of schools implementing practices to increase availability of fruits and vegetables and decrease sodium content in school meals increased from 2000 to 2014".  Read more here.

Kaiser Permanente Helps the Healthy Behaviors Initiative Expand in the Central Valley
August 2015
The Center for Collaborative Solutions (CCS) is pleased to announce that it has received a grant from the Kaiser Permanente National Community Benefit at the East Bay Community Foundation to establish five Healthy Behaviors Learning Centers in San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties over the next year.  These Learning Centers will join 31 Healthy Behaviors Learning Centers across the state in promoting healthy eating and physical activity through changes in policy, practice, and environments. Read more here.


Torlakson Releases Blueprint for Great Schools Version 2.0
July 2015
California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson has released A Blueprint for Great Schools Version 2.0, the latest iteration of the state road map for Education.  Version 2.0 contains a recommendation (on page 8) to "Continue to build statewide capacity for expanded learning through the ongoing implementation of the CDE After School Division Strategic Plan.  Read more and download the Blueprint here.  

School's Out, Who Ate? 
June 2015
This CFPA report describes a summer nutrition gap that spans nearly 2 million kids across the state, meaning that 80% of children who rely on free or reduced-price lunches during the school year miss out on similar meals during the summer.  Learn more here.

Expanding School Breakfast Drives Economic Growth
May 2015
This report, which examines the economic impact of increasing participation in the federal School Breakfast Program among California students, shows that a 10% expansion would generate $42.7 million in economic activity while creating nearly 1,000 new jobs. Read more here.

Newly Released State of the State 
May 2015
The California AfterSchool Network has published State of the State of Expanded Learning in California 2014-2015.  This report provides an overview of the public investment in expanded learning opportunities in California.  It was released at the California Afterschool Challenge and was shared with members of the CA Legislature along with documents outlining the state investment in the ASES program for each legislative district. Read more here.

Soda Industry Fights Warning Labels on Sugary Drinks
April 2015
California lawmakers are trying to put warning labels on soda and sweetened drinks, but so far have been unsuccessful against the soda lobby.  Read the story, which includes some excellent information about the dangers of drinking liquid sugar, here.

Moscoy Elementary School becomes the 27th Healthy Behaviors Learning Center in California
April 2015
We are thrilled to announce that the CAPS Program at Moscoy Elementary School has been certified as our newest Healthy Behaviors Learning Center! This San Bernardino City Unified School District program joins 26 other Healthy Behaviors Learning Center sites across California. The expanded learning program at Moscoy offers exceptionally high quality programming in dance, yoga, gardening, cooking, nutrition education, drumming, sports and science, and is making a real difference in the lives of students and their families and community. More than 160 children participate in exciting and engaging activities every day and are acquiring new skills, developing healthy eating habits and making physical activity a central part of their lives. Congratulations to the Site Director and her team, and to the CAPS leadership team, the administration and faculty, and families at Moscoy on your outstanding achievements! 

If you would like to visit the site, learn from the staff and strengthen the quality of your own program, please contact Jackie Manor at 909-771-5356.

This is the first HBI Learning Center in Region 10.

New Changing Lives, Saving Lives Guide
March 2015
We are pleased to announce that our updated Changing Lives, Saving Lives guide is now available both on our web site and also in the printed version.  The guide was updated and published in March 2015, and reflects changes in the environment, research and new HBI Learning Centers’ experiences since the original March 2010 guide was published.  Use this link to download your copy of the guide and also to download copies of the indicators to use in assessing your program.  If you would like a hard copy, contact CCS here.  This guide is an invaluable step-by-step tool to help you transform your afterschool program into an environment that supports healthy behaviors by your staff, students and families.

New Report: Parents' Views About Afterschool Programs
March 2015
The America After 3PM special report, "Kids on the Move: Afterschool Programs Promoting Healthy Eating and Physical Activity" concentrates on parents' reports of efforts made by afterschool programs to help improve the health and physical fitness of children and youth around the country; describes areas where afterschool programs can better meet the needs of students and families when it comes to health and wellness; and outlines steps we can take as a nation to help make positive change for students' overall health.

CFPA Report:  The Drought and Food Insecurity
October 2014
California is experiencing its worst drought in decades. How does this affect food insecurity in our state? This CFPA report examines possible impacts, discusses what food security-related actions have been taken to date, and recommends additional steps to ensure food security.  Read the report here.

Governor Brown Signs DASH - Healthy After School Program Bill
September 2014
Governor Brown has signed legislation to create a recognition program for after-school programs that adopt new standards for physical activity, healthy eating and screen-time. The program, known as the Distinguished After School Health Recognition, or DASH, will recognize programs that provide 30 minutes of physical activity, serve fruits and vegetables, and limit screen time. Read more here.

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces the Release of Quality Standards for Expanded Learning in California
September 2014
Far from being lost time, the hours after school and during summer can be opportunities for students to build on what they learn in the classroom, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said today as he released a new set of standards that define expectations for California’s high-quality expanded learning programs.  Learn more here.


Parents Support Healthier School Food Policies
September 2014
The vast majority of parents of school-age children support strong national nutrition standards for all foods and beverages sold to students during school, according to a poll released this month by The Pew Charitable Trusts, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), and the American Heart Association (AHA).  Read more here.

The State of Obesity: 2014
September 2014
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Trust for America's Health has released its 11th annual report on the obesity of the nation. Formerly known as "F as in Fat", the report reveals that after decades of rising obesity rates among adults, the pace of increase is beginning to slow, but rates remain high. Read more here.

Retreat is Not an Option
September 2014
Mission: Readiness, a nonpartisan national security organization, has issued a report documenting the staggering impact of obesity on America’s military and urging Congress to not backtrack on or delay updated nutrition standards for foods and beverages served and sold in schools. Learn more about the report here.

School Meal Analysis
September 2014

Nearly 3 in 5 public school students in California are eligible to receive free or reduced-price school meals and children who participate in the school meal programs tend to have healthier diets than their peers. Improvements to school nutrition standards now call for more fruit, vegetables, and whole grains, along with reduced sodium, fat and excess calories. Read more here.

What do parents think about school foods?
September 2014
Do parents support the new USDA nutrition standards for both school meals and snacks? Are they concerned about the state of children’s health and obesity? The answer to both questions is a resounding "yes," according to a new nationwide poll published by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.