Afterschool programs in Washington keep kids safe, inspire learning, and give working parents peace of mind. Kids discover who they are and what they love to do, make smart choices, and avoid risky behaviors.

Unmet demand for afterschool and summer programs in Washington is high


In 2019, 220,570 children (19%) would have been enrolled in a summer program if one were available to them.

Afterschool programs are supporting kids and families in Washington

Kids in afterschool enjoy a wide range of benefits, and parents and families benefit too:


Keeping kids safe and out of trouble


Giving working parents peace of mind


Engaging kids in STEM learning


Helping kids build
life skills


Providing kids physical activity

Washington parents strongly support afterschool


of parents support public funding for afterschool

21st Century Community Learning Centers are the only federal funded before-school, afterschool, and summer learning programs.


FY 2021


of kids enrolled in Washington afterschool attend a 21st CCLC program


in federal funds supports 21st CCLC programs statewide


FY 2022


kids served in Washington


to Washington

Learn more about 21st Century Community Learning Centers

* This figure is an Afterschool Alliance calculation based on the state-allocated 21st CCLC funding and a program cost of $1,000 per child. The program cost per child is an Afterschool Alliance estimation based on the Department of Education's per-student expenditures for: (1) all students attending 21st CCLC programs and (2) students who regularly attend 21st CCLC programs.

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Washington Contacts


The statewide afterschool network is working to ensure that all kids have access to high-quality afterschool and summer learning programs.

David Beard
Washington Expanded Learning Opportunities Network
801 23rd Avenue South
Suite A
Puyallup, WA 98371

AMBASSADORS work to ensure that all kids have access to high-quality afterschool and summer learning programs.

Ambassador Emeritus
Tammie Shaw
College Success Foundation, Rogers High School
1622 E. Wellesley Avenue
Spokane, WA 99207
(509) 847-3423

Ambassador Emeritus
Beth Wyant
Northwest Community Action Center
701 Rentschler Lane
Toppenish, WA 98948
(509) 865-7630 x2747

Ambassador Emeritus
Brent Cummings
Walla Walla 3R 21st CCLC
364 S. Park Street
Walla Walla, WA 99362
(509) 526-1929

Ambassador Emeritus
Dorinda Belcher
White Salmon Valley School District
P.O. Box 631
White Salmon, WA 98672
(509) 493-1502

Since 2005, members of the Afterschool Caucus in both the Senate and the House of Representatives have been building support and resources for quality afterschool programs.

Caucus members in your state:

Rep Rick Larsen (D-WA)

Rep Adam Smith (D-WA)

Sen Patty Murray (D-WA)

Sen Maria Cantwell (D-WA)

Afterschool and Summer Meals

Afterschool and Summer Meals Expansion VISTAs increase afterschool and summer meal program participation among low-income children and families.

  • Sierra Wagner - School's Out Washington (Seattle, WA)


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