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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.

Contact the West Virginia Statewide Afterschool Network

Main Office: 304-720-9884

Susan Gamble, Ed.D., Director 
Nila Cobb, Assistant Director and 4-H Health Specialist
Loren Farmer, M.A., Program Coordinator
Tierni Clendenin, Healthy Living Coordinator
Mason Harp, Communications and Outreach Intern

Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM)

Why STEM? Nearly 80% of future careers will require some STEM skills. STEM education is essential for developing basic analytical, problem-solving skills central to academic achievement and workforce readiness in the 21st century. As a result, STEM learning is key to breaking the generational cycle of poverty and reducing income inequality. All children have a basic right to the opportunity to prepare for the knowledge-based economy. Afterschool and summer learning programs provide a unique opportunity for students to learn by experimenting with STEM ideas in real-world, hands-on situations. These opportunities spark curiosity, especially for those who might not think of themselves as "math and science kids." Studies have shown that participating in afterschool STEM programs improves students' reported attitudes, knowledge, and skills. 

Million Girls Moonshot

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. 

Million Girls Moonshot Factsheet

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.


Cares Act Signed into Law, Includes Support for Afterschool, Nonprofits and Child Care

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.


2020 U.S. Census

Caregivers, Providers & Youth

Mizzen by Mott

Mizzen by Mott is a new app built with and for afterschool professionals to provide high-quality, engaging learning content and tolls to the field. To meet the needs of this moment, the Mizzen team has added new activity playlists and multi-week modules that can be done at home or in small-group settings. 

Mizzen by Mott features:

  • High-quality content from top afterschool curriculum experts. Mizzen offers over 1,000 pieces of content that foster learning and well-being through activities in arts, STEM, literacy, digital media and entrepreneurship. Examples include:
    • Jazz, Blues and Music rom Jazz at Lincoln Center;
    • Learning Scientific Sketching from California Academy of Sciences;
    • Making Comics from OregonASK;
    • Youth Voice from YouthQuest; and
    • Intro to Entrepreneurship from VentureLab.
  • Pro Tips & organizational tools that help you hone your skills, address challenges and opportunities, and bring content to life - whether delivered in person or virtually.  Features like scheduling and messaging will support your planning, coordination and communications.

Through support from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, this all-in-one tool is FREE to afterschool educators who are empowering young learners everywhere.