Washington Afterschool Network (WAN)
What is the Washington Afterschool Network?
All 50 states are currently supported by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation to build and maintain a statewide afterschool network that promotes sustainable and effective afterschool programming.
The Washington Afterschool Network (WAN) is a formal statewide collaboration that serves as the advocacy arm for SOWA and is designed to improve the availability and quality of expanded learning opportunities. WAN leadership includes SOWA as the lead agency and fiscal agent. WAN members include a diverse array of systems and organizations providing Expanded Learning Opportunities in Washington. Members include program directors, line staff, funders, state and local agency and school district afterschool/summer leads as well as other individuals interested in growing the afterschool and summer field.
To better serve the needs of expanded learning providers across the state and to build a greater movement for expanded learning opportunities, the Washington Afterschool Network works statewide to utilize critical provider and stakeholder input in four ways:
- Input into Decisions – WAN makes decisions about afterschool and summer policy and public funding strategies.
- Quality Improvement – WAN helps shape field development including building a quality improvement system, developing a state policy plan, and increasing professional development opportunities for programs.
- Learning Community – WAN offers the space for programs and other interested parties to learn about different ideas and interests of the afterschool and summer field.
- Opportunities to Network with Peers Statewide – WAN provides a platform for program directors and staff to dialogue and meet individuals from other programs.
What is the Expanded Learning Coalition?
The Expanded Learning Coalition was created out of a need for a group of focused organizations with the capacity and will to advocate directly to state legislators during the legislative session and throughout the year. The coalition is a subset of WAN and includes WAN members. The coalition makes decisions regarding field legislative priorities and strategies based on the goals of WAN. Coalition members represent a variety of afterschool and summer stakeholders. The coalition acts as the advocacy arm of the Expanded Learning Opportunities Council at the state level.
For More Information
If you want to know more about afterschool program resources, policy updates, and Washington Afterschool Network opportunities, sign up to receive our monthly e-newsletter and WAN Partnership Group Meeting Updates
To learn more about the Washington Afterschool Network or the Expanded Learning Opportunities Coalition, contact SOWA's Policy and Advocacy Director David Beard.