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School’s Out Washington’s annual Bridge Conference brings together school-age care providers, youth development professionals, leaders, community organizers, funders, and policymakers from across the country. In 2022, we are celebrating the 20th anniversary of Bridge.

Attendees will 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 represent the diverse communities we work with across the state. We gather to:

  • Engage with a diverse range of knowledge, people, and perspectives
  • Identify and address the 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 high quality programs and 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

School’s Out Washington seeks to create a welcoming space for all attendees at our Bridge Conference. Read our Access & Inclusion Guide. Our guide provides a detailed description of our COVID-19 policies and practices, including our Universal Masking policy.

About our 2022 theme

What does it look like to embody the past, present, and future? How do we hold our collective learning and embrace with honesty who we are and where we are going? We are in the process of becoming what we imagined. Our 2022 Bridge Theme, Illuminating Becoming, invites us to come together and celebrate our continued growth. Through rest, connection, and joy, we find the courage and inspiration to live our values and build the communities our youth – and we – deserve.

Systems Leaders Track

The Systems Leaders Track will take place on Tuesday, October 25. This series of sessions will focus on advancing equity through a well-supporting expanded learning system. We encourage systems leaders to attend both days of the Conference.

Resources for School-Age Licensed Care Providers

DCYF offers reimbursement for state-approved training costs for professionals currently employed in a Washington state licensed facility. You may apply for a training reimbursement only once per DCYF fiscal year (July 1 – June 30) for up to $250, while funding is available. To apply:

For 2022 Bridge, there is one pathway to earn STARS credit. You many earn up to 9 STARS Credits for live attendance in Bridge workshops and completing corresponding evaluations.

To earn credit, be sure to include your STARS ID when you register.

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


Keynote Speakers and Presenters

Tanaya Winder will share her “heartwork” at the 2022 Bridge Conference.

Our Bridge Planning Team was inspired by her storytelling, artistry, and messages about healing and wellness, which match our desire to build a Conference that integrates opportunities for healing, restoration, and joy.  Read more.

Erin Jones hosts Fireside Chat at the 2022 Bridge Conference.
The four individuals we are honored to give our stage to include those who are leading with anti-racist practices in education and youth development, taking risks and being innovative in their leadership, and are also becoming the people they want to be. Read more.





Registration dates for our 2022 conference are below. This is a two-day Conference (Monday, Tuesday), and you will need to indicate which day(s) you plan to attend when you register.

2022 Rates

Late (Oct 1 - Oct 14) Bring a a Team of 4 or more; 2-day only


Late (Oct 1 - Oct 14) 2-day Registrant


Late (Oct 1 - Oct 14) 1 day Registrant


Late (Oct 1 - Oct 14) 2-day WA State Licensed School-Age Program Provider


Late (Oct 1 - Oct 14) 1-day WA State Licensed School-Age Program Provider


Location & Hotel Reservations

The Conference will take place at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center and the adjacent Marriott Tacoma Downtown.

Our Bridge Conference Room Block at the Marriott Tacoma Downtown is sold out. Contact the Marriott Tacoma Downtown to see if additional rooms are available.  Book your room here. There are also several other hotels close by. Search here.

Learn more about our Conference destination and why we’re excited to be in Pierce County.

2022 Schedule

As we return to an in-person Conference, School’s Out Washington has thoughtfully created a conference schedule and content that incorporates opportunities for learning, connection, restoration, and joy. Check out our full Conference schedule, including the list of workshops and presenters.

To help prepare event participants prepare for this year’s Conference, our Attendee Guidance Checklist and our Access and Inclusion Resource Guide is available. Attendees are encouraged to contact our Customer Service Team at bridge@schoolsoutwashington.org  or +1 (208) 996 1249 (Note: This is a 208 number and not a local 206 number.)


Monday, October 24

7:45 AM to 6:00 PM

Registration & Breakfast

Opening Plenary with Keynote

Workshop Period A (90 minutes)


Workshop Period B (90 minutes)

Workshop Period C (3 hours – takes place at the same time as B & D)

Exhibitor Showcase & Snacks (2 30-minute periods)

Workshop Period D (90 minutes)

Welcome Reception

Tuesday, October 25

7:30 AM to 4:00 PM*

Registration & Breakfast

Centering in Community

Workshop Period E (90 minutes)

Workshop Period F (90 minutes)

Lunch and Closing Plenary with Keynote

Workshop Period G (90 minutes)

Connect with us:



Show your company’s support of life-changing programs for young people by sponsoring this premier conference. Your logo, website, and commitment will be displayed in myriad channels to thousands of expanded learning professionals, policy makers, and nonprofit leaders from across the state.

Learn more about sponsorship opportunities.

Please contact Andrea Fullerton to discuss sponsorship opportunities for 2022.


Does your organization or company have products, services, or programs to support young people in an array of expanded learning environments? We have a beautiful, central space in the Greater Tacoma Convention Center for exhibitors to display their offerings and connect with our attendees for the entire 2-day conference.

Learn more about exhibitor opportunities.

Review the Exhibitor Application Agreement here. 

Register online to reserve your spot.

Please contact Ben Baird for questions and/or to discuss exhibitor opportunities for 2022.


These words represent the values we hope to bring forward and incorporate throughout the Bridge Conference experience.