Blaire Denson and Barbara Couto Sipe column: When will we recognize how important afterschool programs are to Richmond families?

VPOST Executive Director, Blaire Denson, and VPOST Advisory Council member/NextUp President & CEO, Barbara Couto Sipe, highlight the dedication of out-of-school time staff since the beginning of the pandemic. The article in the Richmond-Times Dispatch also advocates for the tremendous opportunity through the American Rescue Plan to fund afterschool and summer enrichment programs.

Request for Proposals for our Summer Learning Series is now open!

VPOST is seeking high-quality proposals for our virtual summer learning series that guides educators through the latest research, pedagogies, and practices for offering math, reading, and family engagement in out-of-school time programs.

After an entire year of learning loss due to the pandemic, afterschool programs serve as a critical role in academic recovery. Math and Reading are the most foundational blocks of learning and student achievement is never truly successful without taking a whole-child approach. That’s why working closely with families as partners is crucial. However, after a year of disconnection, family engagement is more challenging than ever. VPOST seeks to provide out-of-school time programs with the skills they need to get our children back to a firm foundation for success.

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