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 (2020), 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 12% of West Virginia children participate in an afterschool program, yet 46% would be enrolled in a program if one were available to them. So for every child in West Virginia participating in an afterschool program, two more would participate if a program were available.
The study also found that 76% of West Virginia parents say afterschool excites kids about learning, and 82% say afterschool helps kids build life skills. In addition, 79% agreed that afterschool programs give working parents peace of mind, and 77% agreed that afterschool programs help working parents keep their jobs.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Afterschool Resources
To support access to information about how to best respond to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we are maintaining a page with links to resources published by state and federal agencies and other reputable sources.304-720-9884
Susan Gamble, Ed.D., Director