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Press Release: Landmark licensing agreement brings increased access to high-quality programming for Washington’s youth

by School's Out Washington | | Posted under School's Out News

forumSeattle, July 2016 — A new licensing agreement will lead to more Washington State youth gaining access to high-quality after-school programming.

The agreement between the Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality and School’s Out Washington (SOWA), a leading Washington champion for high-quality youth programming, will allow SOWA to administer the Weikart Center’s Youth Program Quality Intervention (YPQI) throughout the State of Washington.

cypqThe Weikart Center, a division of the Forum for Youth Investment, empowers education and human service leaders to adapt, implement, and scale best-in-class, research-validated quality improvement systems to advance child and youth development. The YPQI model seeks to improve quality at the point of service: the place where youth and staff come together. The intervention is a multi-month cycle that leads with performance assessment and then engages staff in planning and improvement based on the assessment.

School’s Out Washington provides services and guidance for organizations to ensure all young people have safe places to learn and grow when not in school. SOWA is dedicated to building community systems to support quality after-school, youth development, and summer programs for Washington’s children and youth ages five through young adulthood.

This agreement allows SOWA to promote, resell, perform, distribute, display, and deliver the elements of the YPQI intervention to out-of-school time networks and sites in Washington State.

“This agreement will help us reach even more youth in Washington State. We couldn’t be more excited for this new chapter in our work with the Weikart team,” said Jackie Jainga-Hyllseth, SOWA’s Chief Program Quality Officer.

“We really value and admire SOWA’s strong systematic approach, model of coaching, and external assessment capacities. This opportunity will open up local creativity and energy to innovate and expand statewide quality work,” said Dr. Charles Smith, Executive Director of the Weikart Center.

Contact: Joe Bertoletti, Director, Field Services, at 734-714-2522 or joe [at sign] cypq.org.


The David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality (www.cypq.org) empowers education and human service leaders to adapt, implement, and bring to scale best-in-class, research-validated quality improvement systems to advance child and youth development. The Weikart Center is a division for the Forum for Youth Investment.

School’s Out Washington (www.schoolsoutwashington.org) is a statewide organization with a mission of providing services and guidance for organizations to ensure all young people have safe places to learn and grow when not in school. School’s Out Washington is dedicated to building community systems to support quality after-school, youth development, and summer programs for Washington’s children and youth ages five through young adulthood.


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