OUT OF SCHOOL & SUMMER
LEARNING NETWORK

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.

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QUALITY PROGRAMMING

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.

 

EASTSIDE & SOUTH END

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.

 

INVESTING IN ACCESS

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.

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NETWORK EVENTS

Winter Glass Sale

December 7 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Pave the Way Conference

December 11 @ 7:00 am - 6:30 pm

Know Your Rights Youth Summit

December 14 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Black Parents Alliance

December 15 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

NETWORK STRATEGIES

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 INDICATORS

DATA

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.

QUALITY

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.

ACCESS

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.

NETWORK LEADS

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

NETWORK PARTNERS

  • 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