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Afterschool Progress Report and Consumer Guide: Washington

How Washington is Helping to Keep the Lights on After School


Much More Work to Be Done

More Effort Necessary Despite Some Progress

Making Progress Yet Considerable Work Still to Be Done

Despite Unmet Need, Showing Great Progress

Leading State for Afterschool with Room to Grow

Methodological Note:

The 2011 State-by-State Progress Reports and Consumer Guides are sponsored by jcpenney. Scores for the Progress Reports were devised using a range of factors falling under three major categories: Growth in Afterschool Participation, Developments in State Afterschool Policy and Funding and Advance-ments in State Afterschool Leadership.Read more.

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Afterschool Alliance

Afterschool in Washington

Since 2004, Washington has increased the of children participating in afterschool programs from 8 to 12 percent. While this participation rate still trails the national average of 15 percent, the state is making progress in increasing the number of children who benefit from afterschool programs. In addition, Washington boasts a low overall afterschool program cost and is succeeding in ensuring that a high percentages of children who qualify for the National School Lunch Program participate in afterschool programs. However, with recent cuts to state funding for afterschool, Washington risks losing ground and finding more kids without safe, engaging afterschool opportunities.

Growth in Afterschool Participation

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Percentage of Kids in Afterschool Programs



Percentage of Kids in Self Care



Percentage of Parents Extremely/Somewhat Satisfied with Afterschool Program



Percentage of Kids Who Would Participate if an Afterschool Program were Available



Percentage of Kids in Summer Learning Programs



Based on the FY2011 funding level and an average per student cost of $1000, 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) can serve 14,597 students in Washington. However, that is only a small fraction of the 298,973 kids in Washington who are eligible to participate in a 21st CCLC program, if more funding were available.

Developments in State Afterschool Policy and Funding

For an explanation of specific policy activities in Washington check out "State Policy and Funding" on the Afterschool in Washington webpage.

  • State Offices Administering 21st Century Community Learning Center and Child Care Development Fund Federal Grants
  • Current Law that Directly Supports Afterschool Programs
  • State Level Councils, Studies, Pilots or Legislative Activity Intended to Advance Afterschool
  • Current State Funding for Afterschool Programming
  • An Initiative Promoting Quality Afterschool Programming

"Through afterschool education programs for Spokane's students, we can also improve graduation rates and make new, promising opportunities available to at-risk students."

- Maria Cantwell, U.S. Senate

Advancements in Afterschool Leadership

To see more partners leading the fight for afterschool in Washington check out Afterschool for All.

  • Governor Proclamation Supporting Lights On Afterschool in 2010
  • Statewide Afterschool Network
  • Governor's/State Agency Taskforce
  • A Member of the U.S. House of Representatives in the House Afterschool Caucus
  • A Member of the U.S. Senate in the Senate Afterschool Caucus

Afterschool Champions

  • State Senator Tracey Eide
  • State Representative Marcie Maxwell
  • State Representative Connie Ladenburg

State Network

Washington Afterschool Network
801 23rd Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98144

Afterschool Caucus Member(s):

Rep. Tammy Baldwin

Rep. Norm Dicks

Rep. Rick Larsen

Rep. Jim McDermott

Rep. Adam Smith

Sen. Maria Cantwell

Sen. Patty Murray

Consumer Guide: Washington

For many adults in America, thinking about the hours after the school day ends conjures up memories of doing homework, playing pick-up basketball, taking guitar or dance lessons or going home to Mom and a snack. But for millions of children today, those images are nothing like their reality. In fact, each day in America, more than 15 million children—some as young as 5 years old—are without supervision at home or on the streets.

The Afterschool Alliance has a host of resources that can help ensure that your child can enjoy the safe environment and proven academic and social gains that afterschool programs can afford.

What You Can Do to Support Afterschool in Your State:

Donate: The store's pennies from heaven campaign allows jcpenney shoppers to roundup their purchases to the nearest whole dollar, donating the difference to support afterschool efforts. In 2010, $180,442 was donated through jcpenney’s pennies from heaven campaign in Washington.

Join the Afterschool Alliance's Lights On Afterschool celebration. More than 56 programs in Washington participated in Lights On Afterschool in 2011. Check out Lights On Afterschool to find out how to become involved and see which programs are participating in your area.

Sign On: Currently, 96 people in Washington have signed the Afterschool Alliance petition to preserve funding for afterschool programs. Join them to promote afterschool for all.

Write to your Members of Congress and tell them why afterschool is a crucial resource to the children in your community.