Afterschool refers to programs and activities that happen before school, after school, during the summer months, and during school vacation weeks/holidays. Afterschool programs encompass academic, enrichment and recreational offerings. Afterschool programs are typically provided by licensed school age care programs, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, teen centers, community organizations, and schools.
Expanded Learning refers to programs and activities with the three following components: 1) engaged learning; 2) school/community partnerships; and 3) family engagement. Afterschool programs typically provide expanded learning opportunities within their program structure and many high-quality afterschool programs fully embody an expanded learning model.
Extended Learning Time refers to increasing the length of the school day and/or school year. Extended learning time models provide additional school time to all students, and participation is mandatory.
Once the groundwork for why afterschool programs are critical has been laid, providing a state-level context can help build further understanding. This data is for you to use in any of your communications materials and is important in establishing context within the larger picture of what’s happening in Vermont.
[Note: These numbers above are not mutually exclusive. Data was collected from our 2014 mapping project.]
A 2014 nationwide report ranked Vermont as 4th in the nation for afterschool programming. The America After 3PM report, based on a comprehensive survey commissioned by the Afterschool Alliance and conducted by Shugoll Research, highlighted the progress Vermont has made over the past decade in providing quality afterschool programs while also documenting a growing need in our state. These programs play an essential role in communities throughout Vermont by keeping children and youth safe, inspiring them to learn, and supporting working families between the hours of 3 and 6 p.m.
The findings for Vermont are summarized below:
Providing quality expanded learning opportunities for children and youth pays off in the long run:
Every $1 invested in Vermont afterschool and summer learning programs leads to a return on investment (ROI) of $2.18.
Research shows that quality afterschool programs can reduce chronic absenteeism in school, which has been associated with reducing student dropout rates. In doing so, afterschool programs contribute to increased societal gains from graduates’ taxable earnings AND increased societal savings by preventing juvenile and adult incarceration.
Our policy briefs are published for our annual Afterschool & Summer Learning Day in order to delve deeper into a particular issue area and report our findings at length. Here are some of our recent policy briefs and issue areas: