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Planning Your Child’s Summer During COVID-19: Programs for Youth
WhenThursday, May 28, 2020, 1 – 2 p.m.
WhereZoom Meeting

Parents have had an extremely challenging spring, adapting to changes and closures at schools, child care centers and community youth programs. While Washington aims to reopen many services in the coming months, many parents are likely to face new challenges when planning for their child’s safety, engagement and well-being this summer. As of early May, many youth program leaders and child care providers are still studying the phased plan for reopening Washington and making decisions about their summer programs. Some youth programs have already cancelled summer programs or are moving to virtual delivery.
UW Human Resources Work-Life will host a panel of experts to equip you with up-to-date knowledge and resources for planning your family’s summer. Panelists will answer these common questions and also take questions from webinar participants.
What will determine whether programs operate in-person or virtually this summer?
How can parents find out about summer opportunities for their children?
How will in-person programs look different due to COVID-19?
What can parents expect for their child enrolled in a virtual program?
What precautions do youth programs take to ensure students’ safety in a virtual environment?
Are there ways that families who don’t have reliable technology can connect their children with summer opportunities?
How can parents help their child benefit the most from virtual summer programs?
Join The Whole U and our panelists on Thursday, May 28 from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. via Zoom. The Zoom link will be emailed to all attendees the day before the event. Registration below is required to secure your spot in the event. 
Leslie Rome has directed Summer Youth Programs at the University of Washington since 2005, striving to tap the vast resources of the UW to create unique summer learning opportunities where children and teens can explore new interests, take risks and grow. She earned a master's in education degree with an emphasis in curriculum and instruction at Northeastern University, and has more than 20 years of experience helping nonprofits such as KCTS 9 and Seattle Children's Museum extend the reach of their resources to the K-12 community. 
Caroline Shelton directs UW’s Office of Youth Program Development and has more than 20 years of experience supporting children and youth in school, community and non-profit settings. Her work emphasizes professional education and training, organizational capacity building and program quality improvement. She received her MSW from UW in 2001 and has worked with the Harborview Children’s Response Center and Early Achievers, a Washington state quality rating and improvement initiative for licensed child care. 
Jessica Paul Werner serves as Executive Director of Youth Development Executives of King County, a non-profit that builds bridges between organizations and across systems to create an ecosystem of supports for young people. Jessica has been dedicated to building the youth development field since she served as an AmeriCorps*VISTA in Portland, Maine in 1999. After receiving her Masters in Public Administration at the University of Washington Evans School of Public Policy and Governance in 2002, Jessica supported youth worker professional development and youth leadership programs at the YMCA of Greater Seattle for nine years. Jessica started as YDEKC’s Executive Director and first staff member in 2011. Jessica is a proud Seattle Public Schools graduate and now lives with her family in Shoreline, Washington.
Thank you to The Whole U program sponsor AT&T! Learn more about unique AT&T offers available to University of Washington employees.

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