The Out of School and Summer Learning Network is dedicated to increasing equitable access and enrollment in out-of-school and summer learning opportunities, collecting program provider data to drive targeted action, and make high-quality program training available to all community program providers.




The OOSSLN fosters a culture of continuous programmatic improvement for partners who directly serve Tacoma youth. Members have access to professional development workshops and trainings in alignment with the Center for Youth Program Quality.



Low-income students not engaged in summer learning can fall two years behind their middle- and upper-middle income peers by fourth grade. The OOSSLN is combatting this slide with a heightened focus on the East and South End neighborhoods.



Since 2013, the Network has helped direct more than $250,000 from the Foundation for Tacoma Students to community-based organizations with programs that reach underserved neighborhoods and communities.


Summer learning programs offered
Black & Latinx student participation
Students engaged in summer programs
Community partners share common data


Black Excellence Poetry Jam

February 28 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Building Resilient Communities | Design Lab Course

February 29 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on February 29, 2020 at 9:00 am

One event on March 21, 2020 at 9:00 am

One event on April 18, 2020 at 9:00 am

One event on May 2, 2020 at 9:00 am

Fun with Children’s Books: An Author Read

February 29 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Hilltop Healthy Kids & Family Carnival

February 29 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm


YPQI Training

In partnership with the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation and School’s Out Washington, OOSSLN hosts free Youth Program Quality trainings for network members who are not YPQI trained. 

Equity: increase awareness for trainings and reduce cost barriers for organizations who wish to participate

Summer Access Funds

Summer Access Funds are financial awards given to community partners who serve TPS students in summer programs. Funding is intended to help support the summer program’s ability to expand slots.

Equity: we are intentionally looking to fund access for marginalized and underserved students on the East side and South end of Tacoma.

Summer Learning Tacoma

SummerLearningTacoma.org is a free online resource for TPS families looking for summertime activities.

Summer Learning Month highlights the impactful work being done in the community to provide quality summer programming for all children. 

Summer Blast

Summer Blast is an annual two-day professional development seminar hosted by the network each June for front line summer staff.

Equity: this seminar is an affordable training opportunity for all Tacoma program staff working with summer youth. 



Network members will measure the number of students partners serve, the ways which they are serving them (e.g. STEM, SEL, Athletic, etc), and the impact of the programs on their personal development in terms of social-emotional and 21st-century skills as measured by the Social Emotional Learning Program Quality Assessment SELPQA.


The network will increase student engagement through Youth Program Quality (YPQI) tools and methods; support programs in increasing the duration and strengthening the content of summer learning; offer community-wide training Summer/Winter Blast and sponsor and/or support YPQI Method trainings for Youth Development Personnel.


OOSSLN will mitigate and/or eliminate barriers such as cost, location, and transportation. The network will promote expanded learning opportunities widely to targeted populations in strategic ways that focus on students and families most negatively impacted by disparities or a regional dearth of ELO such as in the South End and Eastside.


Dr. Kimberly Keith
Hilltop Artists
Executive Director

Holy Chea
School’s Out WA
Pierce County Program Quality Manager

Leandra Shelton
Metro Parks Tacoma
Recreation Supervisor

Amber Evans-Wynn
YMCA of Pierce & Kitsap Counties
Senior Program Director

Joseph Colón
Foundation for Tacoma Students
Assistant Director of Collective Action


  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound
  • Centro Latino
  • City of Tacoma
  • Communities in Schools
  • Degrees of Change
  • Greater Tacoma Community Foundation
  • KBTC
  • LeMay America’s Car Museum



  • Oasis Youth Center
  • Peace Community Center
  • Pierce Transit
  • Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
  • Puget Sound Educational Service District
  • REACH Center
  • Safe Streets
  • Tacoma Arts Live



  • Tacoma Art Museum
  • Tacoma Housing Authority
  • Tacoma Pierce County Chamber of Commerce
  • Tacoma Public Schools
  • Tacoma Rescue Mission
  • University of Puget Sound
  • University of WA Tacoma
  • YWCA Pierce County