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.
Relationships between children and youth and program staff are critical to program quality, and is major part of our Youth Program Quality Initiative. This month's article in Parent Map's ongoing series on youth programs examines this aspect program quality, and how Seattle's Bike Works is excelling in this domain.
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 ⇒