Network Anaheim is a collective impact initiative with a common vision and uncommon approach. Rather than focusing on directly providing services, Network Anaheim connects and builds the capacity of the people, programs, and places to advance the four pillars of a thriving community; Move Well, Learn Well, Think Well, Live Well.
After School Program
In 1999 Network Anaheim, the City of Anaheim, Anaheim Elementary School District (AESD), Magnolia School District, the Anaheim YMCA, and Marcus Management Solutions came together to strengthen the after-school enrichment opportunities for Anaheim’s youth. Together, they launched the Anaheim Achieves Afterschool Collaborative.
Anaheim Achieves After School Program provides a safe, positive and enriching place for AESD students to explore their unique talents and interests, and discover their full potential. The program operates from school dismissal to 6:00 pm and is available at all 23 AESD schools.
Village Plan to Network Anaheim
Recognizing the unique collaborative efforts to support children, youth and families of Anaheim with the philosophy of the African proverb “It takes a village to raise a child,” the Village Plan of Anaheim was born with a dream to build on their successes, and take their collaborative spirit and work to scale in support of health and well-being for all of Anaheim’s children, youth and families.
From August 2014 to January 2015, Village Plan members, working with a key consultant from the Magnolia Community Initiative, engaged in a rigorous process of formalizing the grassroots synergy into a scalable framework. This process resulted in the rebranding of the Village Plan as Network Anaheim to reflect their new direction and approach.
A New Direction
In 2016, Network Anaheim Pillar Work Groups gained traction and began to formalize: Move/Eat Well, Think Well, Learn Well, with the Learn Well Work Group, establishing a focus on early learning and committing to the use of Early Development Index (EDI) as a focus which grew into the Learn Well/EDI Task Force. This group has developed strong partnerships with AESD and the City of Anaheim, as well as with County-wide agencies to promote understanding of the Early Development Instrument.
Network Anaheim continues its work connecting people, programs, and organizations to improve the lives of AESD students and families.