OPINION: Test scores are the canary in the coal mine

Forest grove news times Oct 31, 2023 By Katie Riley

Do you know a kid who is struggling in school? I wouldn’t be surprised because it looks like a lot of them are!

The new test scores show that kids in middle school are particularly hard hit.

Test scores are down — but what does that really mean? How can it be fixed? These are questions that crossed my mind when I first heard about the latest results.

Looking at county test scores for proficiency in English language arts and math for both third-graders and eighth-graders, the test scores tell a story about how well kids are doing before and after the pandemic.

After-school poster contest submissions being accepted

Forest grove news times Jan 11, 2023 By Troy Shinn

The deadline for an annual after-school poster contest is coming up near the end of January, says an announcement from Washington County Kids.

The second annual “Afterschool is Cool” poster contest, inviting youth in local after-school programs to creatively share what they love about their programs, will close on Thursday, Jan. 26.

OPINION: Adolescent mental health a crisis in need of a solution

Sherwood paper, October 29 2022
WCK after-school and summer programs make a huge difference in academic and lifetime success

 

Poster competition touts Washington County after-school programs

Hillsboro News Times, February 22, 2022
The first-ever competition by Washington County Kids will feature kids’ work on TriMet buses and at bus stops.

 

Petition touts Washington County after-school programs

Hillsboro News Times, February 22, 2022
The first-ever competition by Washington County Kids will feature kids’ work on TriMet buses and at bus stops.

 

Washington County Kids Announces Grants, Poster Contest

Forest Grove News Times, Hillsboro Tribune, Tigard/Tualatin Times, December 28, 2021
Grants received from Spirit Mountain Community Fund, the Collins Foundation, and Meyer Memorial Trust support activities benefiting programs for providers and the community; a new Poster Contest, After School is Cool, invites submissions.

 

Hope in a time of disruption

Forest Grove News, Beaverton Valley, The Times, & Hillsboro Tribune, December 19, 2020
Examples of how two Washington County after school programs have pivoted to help families in need during this difficult time of crisis.

 

Here’s one “slide” kids should avoid this summer

Forest Grove News Times, June 5th 2019
The need for more summer opportunities, meals and supervision across the country grows every day

 

Group looks to expand children’s programs across county

Hillsboro News Times, March 13th 2019
Washington County Kids hopes to use Portland Children’s Levy as inspiration

 

Nonprofit looks to increase student access to activities

Hillsboro News Times, January 25th 2018
Washington County Kids plans to hold community meetings on after-school and summer program options