WCK is a champion for all children and youth. We build partnerships and advocate for solutions that remove barriers and make OST (early childhood, after school, and summer) programs available.
The biggest barrier to program access is cost — to the families, and to the providers. Friends of Washington County was established to focus solely on solving this problem by securing a sustainable source of funding specifically for OST programs.
Washington County is fortunate to have a wide variety of quality OST programs doing amazing work serving thousands of our kids. But we have a long way to go to ensure all kids have access to these important programs. Not all kids have access to a program near them. Some programs that are located nearby have waiting lists and/or need to charge more than families can afford. Some parents work longer hours than programs can accommodate. Older kids often have no options available for safe, stimulating participation.
Let’s make Washington County a model that others will want to follow. With your help we can ensure the existence of quality programs in our county to keep pace with the growing need for their services.