Childhood hunger is an unfortunate reality that reaches many parts of the United States. Many of our nation’s children and youth who rely on free and reduced-price school breakfast and lunches to keep hunger away lose access to those meals after school and during the summer. Although CACFP and SFSP have been successful in feeding more children and youth, we have yet to leverage its full potential.
Summer is a season to create lasting memories. Whether it’s visiting a new place with your family, returning to summer camp, or exploring nature and the outdoors, many of us look back fondly at our childhood summers. School’s Out Washington has worked diligently to increase access to summer learning opportunities that keep kids engaged, healthy, and active during these summer months. Join us in continuing to ensure Washington’s kids have access to quality summer learning opportunities by making a contribution to support our Summer Learning Campaign.
The 2018 Washington State Legislative Session was short and sweet. There were many victories for kids and for Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELOs). Big thanks to all the ELO providers, stakeholders, youth, and parents that came to Olympia, wrote emails, made calls, and posted on social media supporting ELO priorities. Next session we hope to become even louder and hope you’ll join us.
What does it take for a community to come together around a shared goal of helping children and youth thrive both in and out of school. In Wenatchee, the 21st Century Community Learning Center (CLC) program has been doing just that growing a robust afterschool and summer learning program that is making a real difference for children and youth.
On Friday January 19th, Washington Hall was brimming with youth development professionals. Gathered for theBest Starts for Kids Out-of-School Time(BSK OST) Grantee Orientation, over 70 representatives of the 35 organizations funded by the BSK OST grant were joined by SOWA staff members and our partner Megan McJennett, BSK 5-24 Policy and Program Manager, with the King County Department of Community and Human Services.