April 16, 2015

On the plane coming back from a rich learning experience at the Every Hour Counts West Coast convening in Oakland, I reflected on all of the things we have going right for youth programs in King County, and the areas we still have so much room to grow to create the ecosystem of supports all kids need to be successful in school and in life. Washington state was represented by four teams at the convening, all of which are working to foster a system of high-quality afterschool and summer programs in their region. The convening provided the opportunity to learn from out-of-school time systems from around the country who have taken a leadership role in what trailblazer Hillary Salmons calls the “second shift” of education.

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