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 that prepares 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.


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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.


Lights On Afterschool!

First Lady of Virginia, Dorothy McAuliffe, Celebrates ‘Lights On Afterschool Day’ at Peter Paul Development Center 

RICHMOND, Va. – Many working families rely on afterschool programs to keep their kids safe, inspire them to learn, and nourish them with supper or snacks. For every kid in an afterschool program, two are waiting to get in. That’s nearly 20 million students who are missing out on the opportunity to grow through afterschool programming.  First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), and the Virginia Partnership for Out-of-School Time (VPOST) joined children at the Peter Paul Development Center to celebrate the 16th annual ‘Lights on Afterschool Day’ and the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Child and Adult Care Food Program’s (CACFP) At-Risk Afterschool supper program. Governor Terry McAuliffe also issued a proclamation officially making October 22 ‘Lights On Afterschool Day’ in the Commonwealth. “In Virginia, only 4 percent of children who receive a free or reduced-price lunch during the school day receive an afterschool meal or snack through the CACFP,” said Mrs. McAuliffe. “We can and must do more to increase participation in these programs and connect more kids with the healthy food they need every day. Good nutrition is the cornerstone of educational success and building healthy communities.”


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The 6th Annual VPOST Conference Summer Learning Matters! 

On Monday, October 5, 2015 an Exclusive Gathering of Champions for Quality Out-of-School Time Programming in Virginia was held in Charlottesville, Virginia at the Boar’s Head Inn. Professionals working in the field of Education, Juvenile Justice, School-Age Child Care, Prevention and Youth Development, Recreation, Military Family Support, and Social Services enjoyed hearing from Leland Melvin who offered the keynote address. "He entertained conference guests with stories about experimenting with a chemistry set gifted by his mom, rehabbing a bread truck into a family camper with his dad, designing and building his own skateboard, discovering through tennis that academics and athletics are closely connected.  Leland created vivid pictures of 'real world' learning experiences that inspired him to be a curious, engaged learner with a capacity to keep on keeping on in the face challenges and to view those challenges as opportunities", said Roberta Newman, VPOST Leadership Council member.

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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.


Providing supper to kids through an afterschool program? The Virginia No Kid Hungry campaign is requesting your participation in a short (5-10 minute) survey designed to study how afterschool programs in the Commonwealth are meeting the nutritional needs of their participants. Please click here to support the First Lady’s initiative to end child hunger in Virginia and learn about about federal funding to provide kids with healthy meals after school. If you are interested in supporting your program’s food service with funding from the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and/or the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), please contact No Kid Hungry Virginia State Director, Eddie Oliver, at 804-692-2583 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For information about Virginia No Kid Hungry and grant opportunities follow No Kid Hungry on Facebook or Twitter, or visit their website.