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.



4th Annual Mini Grant Opportunity


Lights On Afterschool is October 23, 2014!  (Your event must take place on this date)

Due: Friday, September 12, 2014 by 5:00 pm

Funding Purpose

VPOST is pleased to announce the 4th Annual Lights On Afterschool Mini Grant competition. VPOST is offering support through mini-grants to local afterschool programs to help offset event costs.  Programs are invited to submit a request for funds to assist in covering expenses that would help increase the profile of the event or help make it more attractive to media and policymakers.  Funding is allocated through a competitive grant process open to all afterschool providers including school board operated and private provider operated sites.  All Lights On Afterschool funded programs must have a focus on positive youth development principles with developmentally age appropriate activities, and have appropriate staff-to-student ratios. Programs must exhibit a high degree of coordination and involvement with schools and other community partners. The funded programs must provide deliverables to VPOST as outlined below in the Reporting Outcomes and Deliverables section.

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