JUNE 2023 | Summer Camps/Events – Gala Special Guest – Partner Profile – Katie’s Korner


As the first WCK Executive Director, I am enjoying meeting our partner organizations and look forward to sharing more information in August about everything we’ve been working on.  Until then, here are some great summer recommendations.

Places with open spots for those parents still searching for summer camps:

Summer Camp July 10-21
Chicas provides multiple camps every summer. Themes include Art, Culture, Healthy Kifestyles & STEM.
Evergreen Middle School | 456 NE Evergreen Road, Hillsboro

Daily Summer Camps through August 11th
A safe and fun environment plus reasonable rates and flexible scheduling where parents can choose the days to attend.
Bonny Slope Elementary | 11775 NW McDaniel Road, Portland
Check out the partner profile article below!

Summer Camps through August 25th
A new facility just completed in 2022 to inspire kids to learn and participate in healthy activities.  We believe every child deserves a chance to participate in our programs through our Open Door program.  Financial assistance is available to both members and non-members.
YMCA | 9785 SW Harvest Ct, Beaverton


I am very excited to announce our special guest speaker, Heather Seely-Roberts!

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from an exceptional coach and role model.  Both her youngest sons volunteer at one of our out of school partners, which is how we made the connection and invited her to the event!

Heather is an inspiring force in the world of coaching, and we’re honored to have her share her journey with us. As the only female head coach of a 6A boys varsity team in Oregon, she’s breaking barriers and making history.  Her coaching career spans 30 years, including coaching high school girls’ teams and making her mark in the college ranks. Her dedication and passion led her back to Oregon, where she coached her own twin boys.  Under her guidance, her sons’ team achieved incredible success, including winning a district championship and earning a top ranking in the state.

But it’s not just about winning games…get your ticket today and come get inspired!

“Reach for the Stars Fundraising Event”
August 3rd at Ruby Vineyard in Hillsboro
General Admission Only $75 for a lovely evening celebration with hors d’oeuvres, music, plus silent and oral auction items.  Did I mention our hosts at Ruby Vineyard will have their delicious wines available?
Donations are being accepted by our auction coordinator.

Sponsorships start at $250 and include event tickets!

Larry Crepeaux, Executive Director

Tickets on sale now!


The Student Stop School-Age Care Program is the Brainchild of a mom who saw the need for quality before and after-school programs for parents at her school. The Student Stop opened in September 1992 and is still going strong today. They started at Cedar Mill Elementary School but expanded to Bonny Slope Elementary School in 2008.

The Student Stop Program is a non-profit whose mission is to provide a safe and caring environment for children in order to promote social, emotional, and educational growth. 

The Student Stop believes in offering families high-quality school-age care that is affordable and flexible for parents and fun for kids. Their program offers a safe, recreational, and educational environment where children are encouraged to pursue interests, develop friendships, seek independence, and acquire confidence.

In addition to Before and After School Programs, The Student Stop offers Full Day programs including In-service days, Conference Days, Winter Break, Spring Break, and Summer Camps. Visit us at http://www.thestudentstop.org or contact Tina at (503) 866-8330.

Katie & Larry at the June 17th Hillsboro Farmers Market with special guests Tina & Marjorie from The Student Stop.


Calling all OST providers!

Coalition Expansion
This summer we are embarking on a comprehensive expansion of our provider network!  Please review your organization’s information and/or have someone contact us with your latest up-to-date information.


WCK President, Katie Riley

Looking back/Looking forward- While you are reading about the great summer programs offered by our partner providers, keep in mind that for most kids, their families need to pay and for many kids, their families cannot afford even low-cost fees.  A few scholarships are available thanks to generous providers.  However, we had hoped that the legislature would fund SB 531 to provide care to kids from economically challenged families.  This did not happen.  The legislative session has ended, and the bill didn’t even get assigned to a Ways and Means subcommittee, so it never had a work session and a recommendation for funding.  Schools were given extra money for summer school and could spend some of that money on extended care, but that depends on the school district.  We were contacted by a nonprofit about the possibility of generous donors providing funding for summer care but have not heard anything more from them so far.  This has been an unprecedented year for income in the state, and yet, thousands of kids will have no programs this summer.

In addition, SB 858 which would have provided citizens with the ability to gather signatures to have a ballot measure to form children’s service districts did not receive a work session, so it never got out of the Senate Finance and Revenue Committee.  Therefore, it never got an opportunity for a vote.  It was not given a work session because mayors opposed it due to fears of it affecting their ability to have enough property taxes for other priorities.  Some funding exists for early learning for the most economically challenged.  Kids in K-12 spend more time out of school than in school but there is no funding to continue with necessary support.  At what point do older kids become a priority?

So far, the county has not been willing to approve having a local funding option for kids.

Many people are concerned about kids not doing well in school, using substances to alter their awareness, roaming the streets with nothing to do, being on phones and playing video games, and showing signs of depression and isolation.  After-school and summer programs keep kids occupied and learning.  Research shows they are effective.  But the programs require funding.  This needs to be a priority.  We talk about kids being the future.  We need to invest in that future.  Let’s put our money where our mouth is.  Come join us in our efforts to change the future.

Grants we are pursuing- We have now submitted two grants for collaborative efforts to provide training for older teens and youth to become childcare workers.  It has been exciting to work with Champions, Club K, The Student Stop, and the Sherwood Family YMCA to see if new staff can be trained and hired and also to partner with Centro Cultural’s Prosperidad program that has agreed to provide wrap-around services to make sure every participant succeeds.  Keep your fingers crossed that the grants are approved.

Don’t forget- Thre Gala is coming!  Looking forward to seeing you at the Gala—Reach for the Stars! — on August 3rd.  We have great sponsors!  So far, we have Vernier Software and Technology, Kate Grandusky, Joe and Corinne Christy, former BOLI Commissioner Brad Avakian, Karen Bolin with Edward Jones, Room 122,  Werner James with Edward Jones, Tracey Styner, former State Representative Margaret Doherty, Narce Rodriguez, and pledges from many more!  Don’t hesitate, to be part of a wonderful group and enjoy a standout evening!


Our live events have now concluded but you can still enjoy the recorded presentations designed to provide useful information and tools for parents of children k-12!


Did you know that we provide Out-of-School Provider Training?  In fact, attendees have received over 100 hours of career credits in just the last 15 months!

Please save the date for our next session:
Friday, September 8, 2023 | 10 am to 12 pm
Subject: De-escalating Negative Behavior