Washington Afterschool Network

The Washington Afterschool Network (WAN) is a formal statewide collaboration which serves as the action arm for SOWA and is designed to improve the availability and quality of afterschool, youth development and summer programs in Washington. WAN members include a diverse array of systems and organizations providing afterschool and youth development (AYD) services in Washington.

Current Projects and Initiatives: 
  • Quality: Parent Map magazine, a Seattle area print and online magazine geared at issues of interest to parents, is working on a 9–month series, After–School Special, where each article explores how the Quality Standards developed in Washington state are impacting the quality of after–school programs that serve about 134,000 youths after the school bell rings.
  • WAN continues to support programs to increase access, enhance their facilities, improve program quality, purchase new curricula and supplies, provide staff training and start or expand services.
  • Washington passed the Early Start Act which includes supports for quality child care for children ages 5-12 through the School-Age Early Achievers Pilot; preserved funding to the Working Connections Child Care Subsidy program and afterschool mentoring programs; and increased funding for the Youth Recreational Fund to over $7.3 million over the two year budget cycle.