Washington has made progress since 2009, but still lags behind the rest of nation on afterschool participation, according to a new household survey commissioned by the Afterschool Alliance. It found that 17 percent of Washington students, 183,099 children in all, are enrolled in afterschool programs, up from 12 percent in 2009, when the survey was last conducted. But 217,293 Washington students are still without adult supervision in the afternoons. The parents of 333,927 Washington children not already in an afterschool program say they would enroll their child if a program were available. Read More About Afterschool in Washington ⇒
However, the survey also found that 83% of parents from Washington would support public funding for afterschool programs. How can the Afterschool field engage these parents to improve the state of afterschool in Washington? Join us for a webinar conversation to learn about some concrete action steps to take with parents in your program that will increase support for afterschool programs in your own community.
The Bridge Conference brings together education and community leaders serving youth both in and out of school to come together to strengthen these partnerships between our formal education system and AYD programs. This year's theme is Making Learning Personal, emphasizing how meaningful learning is ignited by personal passion, supports social-emotional learning all the while building competency in academics.
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School's Out Washington (SOWA) is planning our third annual Impact Youth fundraising event to help increase access to high-quality afterschool and youth development (AYD) programs in Washington. The breakfast promises to be inspiring as we celebrate 27 years of SOWA’s accomplishments.
Featuring Washington State Supreme Court Justice Steve Gonzalez.