Students in an expanded learning program
July 14, 2017
First-of-its-kind Expanded Learning Database Launches in Washington State

Learning doesn’t stop when the school bell rings.Read More

Children working in a garden
May 23, 2017
Proposed budget cuts threaten programs that help students excel

Last summer I was elated to find a Washington Post headline asking, “Are Summer Camps the Next Frontier in Helping Disadvantaged Students Catch up?”.Read More

Bike Works
May 18, 2017
Partner Spotlight: Bike Works

Bike Works is an organization based in south Seattle that promotes the bicycle as a vehicle for change to empower young people and build resilient communities. Bike Works offers bike repair classes, riding trips, and job training programs for young people, as well as adults. Quality expanded learning in action It only takes a minute talking to Deb Salls, Executive Director of Bike Works, to realize that the youth programs she runs are special.Read More

March 28, 2017
Update: Expanded learning opportunities in Washington
Students working in a garden
February 29, 2016
New Study: Quality Summer Programs Prevent Summer Learning Loss

Since 2011, the Raikes Foundation in collaboration with School’s Out Washington (SOWA) has worked to improve the quality of out-of-school time programs serving youth in Washington state. During this time, we’ve partnered with organizations to establish a clear, measurable definition of quality, a continuous improvement process to help programs achieve quality, and professional development opportunities to empower front-line staff interacting with youth. More recently, the tools have been adapted to meet the specific needs of summer learning OST programs.Read More

October 27, 2015
Celebrating Quality at the 2015 Bridge Conference

For the 13th year, School’s Out Washington hosted the Bridge Conference for afterschool and youth development professionals on October 19th-20th. Nearly 450 participants came to learn about the newest research and topics in the out-of-school time field and to reflect on how to facilitate learning and inspire curiosity in the young people they serve.Read More

July 24, 2015
Hands-on Summer Learning at Woodland Park Zoo

Editor's Note: The Woodland Park Zoo participated in the Youth Program Quality Initiative to build a hands-on summer program that keeps kids learning beyond the classroom. Eli Weiss, youth programs supervisor at the zoo, explains the unique approach they take to engage young people with STEM-related content.Read More

July 1, 2015
Blending Creativity and Quality at the Wallingford Boys & Girls Club

Quality afterschool programming is one way to give youth hands-on experiences that target multiple domains of learning. In Washington, the Raikes Foundation has been supporting youth development programs to use the Weikart Center’s Youth Program Quality Intervention (YPQI).Read More

May 8, 2015
Welcoming Our Newest Team Members

The Raikes Foundation expects to double its giving in the years ahead as we set our sights on increasingly ambitious goals to empower young people to transform their lives. But dollars alone don’t create the kind of impact that we strive for. For that, we need smart, passionate and talented people. In less than three years, the foundation has more than doubled its team from four to nine, and that trend is continuing in 2015. Indeed, we recently welcomed two new program officers to the foundation and we expect to add three more team members later this year.Read More

April 16, 2015
Reflections on Out-of-School Time System Building

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.Read More