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About Us

Why we formed

A core group of key stakeholders in Virginia began meeting in April 2009 to begin the process of identifying individuals from different sectors, agencies, departments, and levels of government who have expertise in the field Out-of-School Time (OST). Our goal is to bring together representatives from the governor’s office, state education agency, child care, health, labor, youth development, juvenile justice, statewide associations, and the private sector to create cross-agency collaboration to promote quality OST programs throughout Virginia.

Who is the Partnership for Out-of-School Time

Currently key stakeholders include representative from Virginia Department of Education, Commission on Youth, Fairfax County Public Schools, James Madison University, Office for Early Childhood Development, Voices of Virginia’s Children, Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth, Alternatives, Inc., Virginia School Board Association, The Virginia Alliance of YMCA’s, Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services, Virginia Commonwealth University, Boys and Girls Clubs of the Danville Area, King George YMCA, Richmond Public Schools and Child Care Aware of Virginia. This working group has adopted the name of Virginia Partnership for Out-of-School Time (VPOST).

Benefits & Outcomes

Quality OST opportunities in Virginia will support state goals in education, economic development, prevention, and other arenas by providing safe, structured learning environments for students outside the regular school day. OSTs include afterschool and summer learning programs as well as before-school, evening, and weekend programs. Nearly two decades of national research show that investments in high quality OST programs can produce the following benefits and outcomes:

  • Increase graduation rates.

  • Boost students’ academic gains.

  • Increase student engagement in learning.

  • Cultivate students’ work-study habits.

  • Improve student behavior and social and emotional development.

  • Improve school and community connectedness.

  • Higher aspirations for college.

  • Support working families.

  • Build stronger connections among families, schools, and communities.

  • Reduce delinquent behaviors by occupying youth in positive behaviors during prime crime time.

  • Reduce abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and other substances by connecting youth to positive relationships and activities.

  • Businesses report reduced staff turnover, lowered absenteeism, and increased productivity where quality after-school programs are available.