After-school programs and others outside the traditional classroom are sometimes left out of the education discussion, she explains, and have a tough time getting funding. Yet students can get science, math, art and physical education, as well as homework assistance and life skills, from these programs, she adds. “After-school and youth development really are a part of an educational experience for a young person. The conventions around when and where and how young people learn today are changing.” Thomas says the new plan also is taking the tight state budget into account, by focusing on greater efficiency and getting more parents and community partners involved in supporting the programs, statewide. The work session is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. today in House Hearing Room A of the John L. O’Brien Building, 504 15th Ave. S.E., Olympia.