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.
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.
The West Virginia Statewide Afterschool Network (WVSAN) with support from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation is offering mini-grants of up to $7,500 each to support strengthening relationships of Out of School Time (OST) sites, child care centers serving the school aged population, and afterschool programs with their local school systems to work to together to address the extraordinary needs of youth and families during COVID-19.
Tierni Clendenin, Healthy Living Coordinator
The West Virginia Statewide Afterschool Network (WVSAN) is excited to be a part of the Million Girls Moonshot. The Intel Foundation and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation have joined the STEM Next Opportunity Fund and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation to launch the Million Girls Moonshot. The Million Girls Moonshot is a collective impact initiative designed to increase diversity and equity in STEM. Launching now, the Million Girls Moonshot will help close the persistent gender gap in STEM fields by engaging 1 million girls across the United States in STEM pursuits through high-quality, innovative afterschool learning opportunities over the next five years.
The West Virginia Statewide Afterschool Network plans to use the funds to help afterschool programs in the state provide STEM education.
Our focus will be equity and inclusion for all youth and strategies for increasing the number of girls attending OST STEM programming.
COVID-19 Afterschool Resources
To support access to information about how to best respond to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
outbreak, we are maintaining this page with links to resources published by state
and federal agencies and other reputable sources.
- Afterschool Alliance Afterschool and Summer in the Time of COVID-19
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Schools and Child Care Programs
- West Virginia Department of Education Coronavirus Information and Educator Hub
- West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources COVID-19
- WVU Medicine COVID-19 Information
- U.S. Department of Education Information for Schools and School Personnel
The bill has several provisions that are essential for afterschool providers.
- The State Education Stabilization Fund can be used to support afterschool and summer learning programs and their providers.
- The additional funding for childcare can be used by afterschool providers/staff who are continuing to stay open to serve their existing students and/or the children of health care providers and other essential staff.
- It makes it clear that nonprofits are eligible for all the resources targeted to small businesses.
- Makes changes to the charitable deduction for tax year 2020 to encourage support of nonprofit organizations.
- USDA Child Nutrition Waivers
- Afterschool Activity Waiver
- Meal Times Waiver
- Non-congregate Feeding Waiver
- Pandemic EBT (P-EBT)
- West Virginia P-EBT Program