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School’s Out Washington acts as a strong voice for expanded learning opportunities (ELOs) across Washington State and in our nation’s capital. That's why we are actively working on these issues to further the ELO field. 

The Facts About Expanded Learning

Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELOs) are high-quality afterschool and youth development programs that provide innovative, hands-on learning and strive to be a part of the solution to the opportunity gap.

No single learning setting will prepare students for success; rather, an integrated approach to learning across the day, across the year, and across a student’s lifetime is required for 21st century academic and career success.

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Afterschool & Summer Meals

Afterschool and summer meals are a critical need that is often unavailable in many areas. While many children are able to access nutritious meals through free and reduced lunch programs during the school day, they often go hungry after school and in the summer. 

We support programs seeking to provide meals through the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).

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Social Emotional Learning

Social emotional learning is the process through which people build awareness and skills in managing emotions, setting goals, establishing relationships, and making responsible decisions.

Expanded learning opportunities offered outside the traditional school day have the flexibility to engage young people in hands-on, experiential learning that build these critical social emotional skills.

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STEM Learning

Through our partnerships with Washington STEM, The Afterschool Alliance, and more, SOWA advocates for STEM policies locally and nationally that support STEM learning that is equitable and accessible for all youth. We encourage all levels of government to support high-quality STEM programming that starts early and encourages youth of all backgrounds to pursue STEM passions and careers in their own communities.

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Summer Learning

Through our partnership with the National Summer Learning Association, SOWA works to ensure that summer learning is a priority both in Olympia and in Washington D.C.

With two-thirds of the achievement gap between lower and middle to higher income youth entering 9th grade attributable to summer learning loss, high-quality summer learning is a key component in leveling the playing field for all youth.

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