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.





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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.


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America After 3PM

More Students in Virginia and Nationally Are Attending Summer Learning Programs, But Unmet Demand Is High. Washington, DC — Participation in summer learning programs in Virginia has increased in the last five years, but there is still tremendous unmet demand, according to data from the America After 3PM study. It found that 34 percent of families in the state report that at least one of their children participated in a summer learning program in 2013, compared with 26 percent in 2008. Nationally, 33 percent of families have at least one child in a summer learning program, up from 25 percent in 2008. Despite the progress at the state and national levels, the demand for summer programs far exceeds the rate of participation.


What Can We Do?

Dear Afterschool Professional:

Events recently have left our small team at the National AfterSchool Association and the members of our community sad, frightened and asking, "What can we do?"
To all who work in this field, our answer is this: Keep doing what you are doing. Keep teaching children that love is greater than hate. Help them understand that violence is never an answer. Teach them to build bridges, not walls. Teach them to love and respect every single person. And above all, keep up the laser focus on developing their skills to acknowledge and manage feelings and use communication, compassion and curiosity to work through adversity.
We know this what you all do every day in your programs. That knowledge is one of the few things that gives us encouragement on days like this. Your servant leadership to the children you work with and for gives us hope for a much brighter future than we have today.

The Team at NAA


Proposed Deep Cuts to Afterschool Programs would hurt Students and Communities

President Donald Trump’s proposed federal budget includes a $1.2 billion cut to after-school and summer programs. In explaining the budget on Thursday, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said there is no evidence that after-school programs benefit student performance.

Michelle Schmitt, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Counseling and Special Education in the School of Education at Virginia Commonwealth University, helped obtain a grant that established the Virginia Partnership for Out-of-School Time, a statewide public-private partnership that is dedicated to expanding programs that serve students before-school, after-school, during vacation periods, and over the summer.

Schmitt is director of the Center for School-Community Collaboration at the School of Education, and a licensed clinical psychologist and certified substance abuse counselor who has worked in juvenile and adult corrections. When it comes to improving students’ grades, attendance, self-esteem, teamwork or even just providing them with a safe place, Schmitt said she can think of few investments of public spending that are as effective as evidence-based after-school and summer programs.

For a number of years, You served as a grant reviewer for Virginia's 21st Century community awards, which distributes federal funds to school programs in Virginia and which is on the chopping block in Trump’s budget. What sort of programs does this money fund?

The 21st Century program funds after-school and summer programs. Grants are awarded in Virginia through a competitive process, as there are more sites with students who want these programs than there are funds available. Typically, less than half of those who apply are awarded funding. Priority points are given in the competitive review process for sites that serve more impoverished areas, as well as high school-aged youth. In 2014-15, 22,489 students in Virginia were served by 21st Century funded programming.