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.

  • Vermont currently has 467 afterschool and summer learning programs, serving over 21,000 children and youth across the state
    • 67% of towns in the state have expanded learning sites
    • An estimated 53% of sites also provide summer programming
  • 252 Licensed School Age Care Programs (ages 5-12)
  • 99 21st Century Community Learning Centers program sites
  • The rest are Boys and Girls Club sites, teen centers, and other unlicensed community/recreation programs
  • Schools across Vermont often provide some type of afterschool, summer, or enrichment programming, but the offerings are inconsistent across schools and leave a significant number of students without programming.
  • An estimated 22,000 youth across Vermont not in enrolled currently in an afterschool program would be likely to participate if a program were available in their community. This represents a 33% unmet need for afterschool programs in Vermont.
  • Visit a map of K-12 afterschool and out-of-school time programs across Vermont here.

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.