$100 – $300

2021 Bridge Conference: From Seedlings to Stardust

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The seeds have been sown – now, how do we shape this change?

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What is Bridge?

Now in its 19th year, School’s Out Washington’s annual Bridge Conference brings together school-age care providers, youth development professionals, leaders, community organizers, funders, and policy makers from across the country. Attendees hear from thought-provoking presenters and learn new strategies to build strong programs and equitable systems for young people, in and out of school. Reflected in all aspects of the Bridge Conference are the values of equity, belonging, leadership, nourishment, change, innovation, and community. Our attendees and presenters, who represent the diverse communities we serve across Washington, come together to celebrate, influence, and learn in community with the expanded learning field.

Learning Objectives

We gather to:

  • Engage with a diverse range of knowledge, people, and perspectives. 
  • Identify the specific ways that racial inequities impact youth, expanded learning opportunities, and educational outcomes.
  • Experience a sense of belonging to nourish social connection and professional networking.  
  • Learn how to implement tangible practices that promote an equitable expanded learning opportunity ecosystem. 
  • Strive to recognize power dynamics throughout programs and systems and begin to strategize how to co-create stronger partnerships across sectors.


SOWA has thoughtfully created a schedule to allow for ample breaks and a variety of professional development and learning opportunities — that incorporate best practices in delivering engaging, interactive workshops through a virtual platform.

  • Systems Pre-Conference — Tuesday, 10/26, 9:00 AM - 12 PM PST
  • Day 1 — Wednesday, 10/27, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM PST
  • Day 2 — Thursday, 10/28, 9:00 AM - 7:30 PM PST
  • Day 3 — Friday, 10/29, 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM PST

Registration Rates

  • $100 - Registration for Licensed School-Age Programs in Washington State
  • $175 - Early Bird Team Registration. Bring a team of 4 or more at $175 per ticket — July 1 - October 1
  • $200 - Early Bird Registration — July 1 - July 31
  • $250 - Standard Registration — August 1 - October 1
  • $300 - Late Registration — October 2 - October 20

Questions about registration?

Watch our Quick Tips Video: How to Register for the Bridge Conference? for a virtual walk through of how to:

  • Navigate the Bridge Website and Eventbrite
  • Understand different ticket types and how to enter Promo Codes
  • Learn more in the Registration FAQ.

Read our Registration Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for written and visual supports on:

  • Registering Yourself and/or your Team: for how to navigate Eventbrite, enter Promo Codes, use the Early Bird Team rate, and more.
  • Registration Policies: for information on cancellations, refunds, and registration changes.
  • Scholarship Information: for Promo Code information and how to request scholarships.

Still have questions? Reach out to us by sending an email to bridge@schoolsoutwashington.org

Cancellation and Refunds

Registration Cancellations will receive a:

  • PARTIAL REFUND, if submitted BEFORE Friday, October 1, 2021. These requests are subject to a 10% cancellation fee, and you will be refunded 90% of the total cost of your registration. (e.g. an individual will receive a refund of $225.00 for a $250.00 ticket)
  • NO REFUND, if submitted AFTER Friday, October 1, 2021. This is considered a late cancellation.

Request Scholarship Assistance

Seeking financial support to attend the Bridge Conference? If you are interested in receiving information about scholarships, please fill out this Scholarship Interest Form. Because this is a nonprofit conference, we have limited scholarships available and at this time those scholarships are reserved for specific initiatives. We will contact you as soon as possible if additional funds become available. Our goal is to notify potential scholarship recipients at least one week prior to the Conference.

Early Bird Team Registration (4+)

Register 4 or more people for Bridge and receive a discounted rate at $175 per ticket. Offer valid until October 1, 2021.

DCYF Training Reimbursement

If you have a STARS ID, you can qualify for DCYF Training Reimbursement. Please follow these steps to request reimbursement:

  • Head to the DCYF Training Reimbursement webpage.
  • Scroll down and navigate to 'Training Reimbursement’ to learn more on how to apply. Individuals can apply for up to $250 worth of training reimbursement each year.

If you have any questions, please contact our training team at training@schoolsoutwashington.org

Accessibility Information

See our Statement of Access and Inclusion for the 2021 Bridge Conference.

If you have a disability and/or accommodation request, please describe your request in your registration form for reasonable accommodations to fully participate in the conference. We will follow up to see how we might be able to accommodate your accessibility needs.

Accommodation requests must be made within two (2) weeks of the conference. Please contact us by Tuesday, October 12, 2021 if you have an accommodation request.


Any questions about the 2021 Bridge Conference? Contact us at:

  • Customer Service Email: Contact us at bridge@schoolsoutwashington.org
  • Customer Service Support Number*: TBD. We will post a support number beginning on October 1, 2021

For more information head to our 2021 Bridge Conference Website!

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