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.


Afterschool is the New Norm

By: Jodi Grant

As the pace of work ratchets backs up, and we face the challenges and opportunities a new year brings, I wanted to take a moment to look at where we are, and where we need to go.  We learned a lot about that in 2014, with the release of our third America After 3PM report, the most in-depth survey exploring the afterschool hours in our nation. Over the past 10 years, afterschool program participation has increased by more than 50 percent, to more than 10 million children.  Quite an accomplishment. But the unmet demand for afterschool programs has also seen a steady increase. In 2009, the parents of 15.3 million children said they would enroll their child in an afterschool program if one were available.  Today, parents of nearly 20 million children want to enroll.


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.




Raising the Bar for Afterschool

On November 5, 2014, an exclusive gathering of champions for quality out-of-school time programming in Virginia convened at the Virginia Partnership for Out-of-School Time (VPOST) Summit.  This event was designed for professionals working in the field of education, juvenile justice, school-age child care, prevention and youth development, recreation, military family support, and social services. Hosted by VPOST at the Williamsburg, Virginia DoubleTree Hotel, attendees had the opportunity to build knowledge and public will in support of Raising the Bar for Afterschool and Summer Learning for Student Success. A focus on increased awareness among all stakeholder groups regarding the impact of out-of-school opportunities on both youth and community outcomes was the overriding theme of this event.


Position Announcement

The Virginia Partnership for Out-of-School Time (VPOST), in partnership with the Afterschool Alliance, seeks an AmeriCorps VISTA to assist in sustainability outreach for programs in Virginia.

The Afterschool Alliance and the Virginia Partnership for Out-of-School Time want all children to have access to affordable high quality afterschool and summer programs. High quality afterschool programs have shown to increase student academic performance, behavioral improvements and have been a factor in supporting regular school attendance. The 21st Century Community Learning Centers programs provide competitive funding for school community partnerships in schools serving low income children. Initial funding is provided for a time limited period. To keep this resource operating for students and their families in their community, a community engagement and sustainability process is needed. Parents, teachers, principals and other education leaders, neighborhood and community leaders and supportive businesses and organizations have an important role in supporting these programs.

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