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Expanded Learning Wins and Important Progress this Session

Posted under Policy & Legislation, School's Out News, STEM

The 2019 legislative session ended on April 28 with a lot accomplished for the state and final operatingcapital, and transportation budgets. Among those were some great wins for youth and expanded learning providers. We also made great strides on some hard fought battles and will press on in session 2020 – only nine short months away! 

Big thanks to the Washington Expanded Learning Opportunities Network, our partners, and everyone that sent emails and made calls to legislators.

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You Can Support Youth Outcomes in School and Life

Posted under Policy & Legislation

It’s this simple: quality expanded learning cuts the opportunity gap.

Research clearly shows that high-quality expanded learning after school and in the summer improve attendance, behavior, and grades while building the social-emotional and 21st century workforce skills needed to succeed in school and in life.

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Public Charge and the Negative Impact on Youth and Families

Posted under Afterschool and Summer News, Policy & Legislation, School's Out News

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposed a change to the Public Charge rule in relation to immigration. The new proposed rule expands the criteria significantly in a way that will “make it harder for many immigrants to obtain legal permanent residency (green cards)” (PIF-WA FactSheet, 2018). Between October 10th and December 10th, ANYONE can comment on the proposed rule in the Federal Register. The Protecting Immigrant Families Coalition of Washington has set up an easy comment portal for people to choose a template comment to personalize and submit directly to the Federal Register.

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Happy 2018 Lights On Afterschool Day!

Posted under Afterschool and Summer News, Policy & Legislation, School's Out News

Happy Lights On Afterschool Day! Thank you to Washington State Governor Jay Inslee for declaring October 25, 2018 Light On Afterschool Day in Washington State.  Governor Inslee, along with many other community leaders, afterschool providers, families, and young people are acknowledging and celebrating the importance of afterschool programs today in keeping kids safe, inspiring them to learn, and helping working families.

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How We Celebrated Summer Learning Day!

Posted under Afterschool and Summer News, Policy & Legislation, School's Out News

In honor of National Summer Learning Day, a team of SOWA staff joined State Representative Shelley Kloba from the 1st District, Megan McJennett from King County, and Ken Nsimbi from King County Housing Authority (KCHA) on July 12 to visit Best Starts for Kids-funded programs in action at Southwest Youth and Family Services’ (SWYFS) New Futures program

One of hundreds of celebrations across the country, we saw firsthand the positive impact of high-quality summer learning in engaging youth in building new skills, discovering passions, and connecting with caring adults.

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