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Clarification on Licensed Program Scholarship to SOWA's STARS-Approved Trainings

Posted under Workshops & Training

Thanks to our partnership with the Department of Early Learning (DEL), there are a lot of options for staff of licensed school-age care programs to get STARS credits from School's Out Washington at no cost to them.

With there being so many different options to choose from, we've heard it's a bit confusing. We thought it might help to provide a bit of clarity on how to sign up for all the different options.

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Lights On Afterschool Coming Up 10/26 – Join the Movement

Posted under Afterschool and Summer News

It’s the 18th Anniversary of Lights On for Afterschool - celebrate with us and thousands of afterschool programs across the country!

This national event celebrates the positive impact of high-quality expanded learning opportunities after school and in the summer on children and youth. This is a great opportunity to invite community members, parents, funders, and policymakers into your program to see all the amazing things you are doing to improve young people’s academic and social-emotional skills.

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Meet Omana Imani!

Posted under School's Out News

Omana joined the SOWA team in July 2017, and in her role is overseeing the Best Start for Kids Out-of-School Time investment being administered by SOWA.  Omana will lead this effort focused on providing funding and program quality training supports to youth serving organizations throughout King County.  We are thrilled to have Omana on our team after a breadth of experience leading and working in youth development for many years!

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Keeping Children & Youth Learning Beyond the School Day

Posted under STEM

While we’re seeing more funds than ever being directed to our schools, many gaps still exist in providing our students with learning opportunities that expand beyond the school day.  Especially when it comes to fields such as STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) where students need additional time to practice what they learn and make connections to real life experience, there simply is not enough time during school hours despite the growing need.

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Program Spotlight: Quality in Practice at Tacoma Community Boat Builders


This program profile of Tacoma Community Boat Builders (TCBB) was originally published in SOWA’s 2016 Annual Report.  TCBB is one of 50 programs who participated in the Expanded Learning Opportunities Quality Initiative supported with funding allocated by the Washington State Legislature in the 2016 legislative session. 

This past legislative session, we were successful in securing additional funds to continue the initiative over the next year thanks to support from other key partners including The Raikes Foundation, University of Washington Center for Quality in Early Learning, Child Care Aware, Department of Early Learning and Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.  Learn more about the initiative on The Sparkwind Website.

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