W. Va. Statewide Afterschool Network
Purpose of the Statewide Afterschool Network
The West Virginia Statewide Afterschool Network (WVSAN) is one of fifty afterschool
networks across the country funded in part by the C.S. Mott Foundation. The WVSAN
works to sustain a statewide partnership to raise awareness of:
- the importance and accessibility of high-quality afterschool and summer learning programs for all school age children
- share criteria of effective programs and best practices among providers and the public, and
- promote the sustainability of such programs throughout the state.
Statewide Afterschool Network Members
Representatives from state agencies, community-based organizations, after school programs, schools, businesses, child care providers, professional organizations, colleges and universities, and families concerned with improving outcomes for school-age children through after school and out-of-school time programs.
West Virginia is Making Gains
The newly released
America After 3PM Report, from the Afterschool Alliance, highlights trends
in afterschool program participation, documents the benefits associated with participation
in afterschool programs, and measures public support for afterschool programs.
West Virginia Results revealed that 19% of West Virginia children participate in
an afterschool program, yet 48% would be enrolled in a program if one were available
to them. The study also found that 88% of West Virginia parents were satisfied
with their children’s afterschool program, 69% agreed that afterschool programs
give working parents peace of mind, and 71% agreed that afterschool programs help
working parents keep their jobs. In addition, 20% of West Virginia children are
unsupervised an average of 6.65 hours per week afterschool.
Nila Cobb, Assistant Director