Starting March 1, Pierce County education and advocacy group Greentrike will be leading Out-of-School Time Intermediary (OSTI) efforts to support quality of and access to expanded learning opportunities locally.

Greentrike has previously supported children’s social-emotional learning through programs like the Children’s Museum, Preschool Powered by Play, Play to Learn, and other avenues.

“Expanded learning opportunities are the key to supporting young people outside of the school day,” newly appointed director of strategic initiatives Fahren Johnson said in a press release. “They provide spaces where children and youth find their spark, where they can foster relationships with caring adults who model wisdom and grit, and where they can flex their muscles in social-emotional learning and life skills that will help them thrive in whatever path they choose. Data has also proven that students increase and enhance their core learning academic success when they plug into opportunities that expanded learning can offer.”

According to the release, Greentrike will continue its ongoing collaborations with partner organizations, families, and school districts to ensure Pierce County’s after-school learning opportunities remain consistent and equitable.

“At Greentrike we are passionate about children being the center of our community — our planning, our actions, our time,” Tanya Durand, Greentrike’s executive director, said in a press release. “Creating opportunities for children to have a safe nurturing place to gather after school with deeply engaging activities is our mission at work — to honor children and champion play. We step into this OSTI role humbly and eager to make a difference for more children and youth.”