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Spokane's YMCA Program at Meadow Ridge Embraces New Quality Practices

Posted under Afterschool and Summer News, School's Out News

Located just north of Spokane, the community of Mead is home to Meadow Ridge Elementary School where the YMCA of the Inland Northwest provides licensed school-age care before and after school for children in kindergarten through 6th grade.   Earlier in the school year, the program underwent a transformative 10-week intensive quality improvement process.     

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Funding Opportunity: Title IV A

Posted under Afterschool and Summer News, Policy & Legislation

Have you heard of Title IV A? This funding stream was created in the reauthorized Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which is the primary federal law concerning education. The purpose of Title IV, Part A is to improve academic achievement by providing a well-rounded education, fostering safe and healthy learning environments, and increasing the effective use of technology. In Washington, this funding goes to OSPI who distributes it to school districts based on the Title I funding formula. The 2017-18 school year was the first year of implementation, and it was a fairly small amount of funding in most districts.  Learn more about this funding stream and how ELOs can access the funds. 

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Make Summer Nutrition Programs Win This Year

Posted under Afterschool and Summer News

By Sukhjit Dhaliwal, Expanded Learning Opportunities Vista

School’s soon out and summer is approaching, however, this poses concern for many working families that struggle to put food on the table during these months. When school lets out, millions of low-income children lose access to school breakfast, lunch, afterschool snacks and meals that they would normally receive during the school year.

Thankfully, there are Summer Nutrition Programs- such as the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) that are designed to meet the summer nutrition gap by providing meals and snacks to keep children healthy and well-fed.

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King County Best Starts for Kids Quality Out-of-School Time Implementation Plan

Posted under Afterschool and Summer News, School's Out News

By Lex Gavin, BSK Program Quality Coordinator

King County’s Best Starts for Kids Out-of-School Time Process Summary and Initial Implementation Plan is now out and available, which means all of your burning questions about how the BSK OST program was designed, how RFPs were solicited, and how grantees were awarded funds can be answered!

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