Positive outcomes for youth are the result of quality out-of-school programs.

 

 

 

If not involved in quality, out-of-school programs, children are at risk of engaging in negative behavior.

 

 

A key group of organizations and individuals is emerging to focus on improving out-of-school time for children and youth in VA.

 

 
 
 

Vision

All children and youth in Virginia have access to high quality, out-of-school time programs that prepare them to be successful in school, work, and life.

Mission

To foster a statewide system of exemplary out-of-school programs and resources to support the academic, social, emotional, and physical development of Virginia’s children and youth.

VPOST IS A MEMBER OF:

Statewide afterschool networks

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Developing Services for Virginia's School-age Children and Youth

VPOST, the Virginia Partnership for Out-of-School-Time, is a statewide  public-private partnership dedicated to developing and expanding academic, social, emotional, and physical supports and services to school-age children and youth across the Commonwealth of Virginia during the out-of-school time hours – before-school, after-school, vacation periods, and summer. V-post.org is the official website of the Virginia Partnership for Out-of-School-Time.

 

The Secret War on Afterschool Programs

By Jodi Grant

For several years now, the Obama administration has been quietly trying to divert funding intended for afterschool programs to pay for adding time to the school day or year, instead of using new funds to pilot test this concept. If this happens, families will lose the afterschool programming they rely on to keep kids safe while parents are at work, and students will lose access to fun, enriching, hands-on learning activities as well as meals, mentors, and opportunities for parental engagement. The extended learning time (ELT) initiative first appeared in President Obama’s 2010 Blueprint for Education Reform. Since then, the administration has taken a number of steps to use funds from the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) initiative—which was designed to support afterschool, before-school and summer learning programs—to pay for extended learning time.

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Building Better Afterschool

A decade ago, afterschool systems – which coordinate the work of programs, government, funders and other key afterschool players so they can together build more and better programming for kids – were a rarity in American cities.

Not so now, judging by the 57 city teams at a recent conference on afterschool systems.   

Read about what they learned from one another and field pioneers in a report released today: Better Together: Building Local Systems to Improve Afterschool (A Conference Report).

The report captures clear themes about how systems can open the way to strong afterschool programming for more disadvantaged children – by improving program quality, collecting and using data for informed decision-making, getting the mayor on board, and even finding creative solutions to transportation problems.

 

 
 
 
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