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.

21st Century Community Learning Centers are the only federally funded before-school, afterschool, and summer learning programs.
President Trump's proposed FY2021 budget eliminates it.
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FY 2020


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


in federal funds supports 21st CCLC programs statewide


FY 2021


kids served in Washington


to Washington

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* 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.

Washington parents strongly support afterschool:


support public funding for afterschool


say afterschool helps them keep their jobs


say afterschool excites kids about learning


say afterschool reduces the likelihood that kids will engage in risky behavior

The need for programs far exceeds the funding available.

Among Washington's K-12 students:


are enrolled in afterschool


are waiting for an available program


are alone and unsupervised after school

Learn more about afterschool in Washington

New Data: From a Time of Risk to a Time of Opportunity

A report by Fight Crime: Invest in Kids finds that afterschool programs play a vital role in turning the hours between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. into a time of opportunity for our young people, with the 70% drop in juvenile crime corresponding with the rise in availability of afterschool opportunities across the country.

Learn what the peak time for juvenile crime is in Washington, as well as how when schools are closed but many parents are still on the job, afterschool programs are keeping kids safe, inspiring them to learn, and giving working parents peace of mind.Download the fact sheet for Washington

Download the fact sheet for Washington

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
School's Out Washington
801 23rd Ave S, Suite A
Seattle, WA 98144

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

Ambassador Emeritus
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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