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New Report Shows Disparities for Washington’s Children Persist

by School's Out Washington | | Posted under Afterschool and Summer News

The Annie E. Casey Foundation released a report yesterday, Race for Results, which offers quantitative evidence of the barriers that prevent all our children from grasping the building blocks of success.  This report is issued with support from KIDS Count in Washington, the Chilldren’s Alliance in partnership with the Washington State Budget and Policy Center.

Check out the Children’s Alliance’s latest blog post summarizing the report and some key action steps to help close the gaps and disparities that exist for children of color in our state.

In addition to their recommendations, we include increasing access to expanded learning opportunities, especially during the summer months, as a key strategy to closing the educational opportunity gap and supporting students of color and low-income students in achieving school and life success.

We made good strides this past legislative session to raise awareness among policymakers and passed SB 6163 to form an ELO council to develop recommendations for expanding access to such programs statewide. This report illustrates why the need for innovative strategies such as Expanded Learning Opportunities is so important and critical to our children’s future.

Listen to a Public News Service story on the report interviewing Children’s Alliance Deputy Director Jon Gould.

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