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.




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.


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.


Statewide afterschool networks









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.


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.



aa 3805 102

Virginia Youth Advocate Honored in Nation’s Capital as a Powerful and Effective Champion for Afterschool and Youth

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Afterschool Alliance today honored Kathryn Johnson, Executive Director of Alternatives Inc., for her support for afterschool programs. Johnson was named a State Afterschool Champion at the “Breakfast of Champions,” a gala event in Washington, D.C. featuring Members of Congress and national afterschool champions. Johnson has been a leader in ensuring access to afterschool programs for low-income children.  She was one of 18 state champions from around the country honored at the Breakfast for supporting and working on behalf of afterschool programs and the children and families who benefit from quality programs.  The Virginia Partnership for Out-of-School Time (VPOST) nominated her for the honor.



Gov. McDonnell knows how important it is to keep the lights on after school. Here's what he had to say:

"This governor enthusiastically endorses Lights On Afterschool and commits our state to engage in innovative afterschool programs and activities that ensure the lights stay on and the doors stay open for all children after school."

Afterschool advocates like you have been working tirelessly to make Virginia's Lights On Afterschool celebrations the best yet! So far, 180 celebrations have been registered in your state, but there's still more you can do to shine a light on the Virginia programs that keep kids safe, inspire learning and help working families.

Bob McDonnell has issued an official proclamation making Oct. 17 #LightsOnAfterschool Day! Share how you're celebrating Lights On Afterschool and the programs that keep our kids safe, inspire learning and help working families in Virginia! http://www.afterschoolalliance.org/loaHostEvent.cfm


summit logo

Virginia’s Out-of-School Time Summit

Leveraging the Power of Afterschool and Summer Learning for Student Success

On August 19, 2013 70 active community leaders including Delegates, Senators, Governor’s Office Representatives, CEOs of youth serving organizations, directors of city departments, funders, and more from across the state gathered to build champions for Leveraging the Power of Afterschool and Summer Learning for Student Success in Virginia cities and communities statewide. Hosted by the Virginia Partnership for Out-of-School Time and The Virginia Commission on Youth at the Capitol in Richmond, leaders from around the state built knowledge and public will in support of Leveraging the Power of Afterschool and Summer Learning for Student Success, by creating champions at the local level who can lead community-based efforts to increase supports and services for their youth.  The event was sponsored by the National Conference of State Legislatures and included representatives from the Afterschool Alliance, and numerous organizations across the Commonwealth.   



Expanding Minds and Opportunities: Leveraging the Power of Afterschool and Summer Learning for Student Success

Mark H. Emery, Ph.D., Chair of the VPOST Leadership Council and Administrator for Fairfax County Public Schools Middle School After-School Initiative is Featured In the New Book on Success of Afterschool and Summer Programs in helping students achieve positive outcomes. Expanding Minds and Opportunities: Leveraging the Power of Afterschool and Summer Learning for Student Success. Edited by Terry K. Peterson, Ph.D., this compendium demonstrates the role that afterschool and summer learning play in improving and expanding students' education.