Quality afterschool and summer learning programs keep kids safe & healthy, inspire learners, help working families, and support Vermont’s vision for education. Vermont has the lowest level of low-income children enrolled in afterschool in the entire nation. Help to zap all the gaps–the achievement gap, opportunity gap, geographic gap, and homework gap—by supporting a $2.5 million appropriation to the Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO) Special Fund.
The ELO Special Fund was passed in 2015 as part of Act 48, which included language establishing a state fund for ELOs. The purpose of the ELO Special Fund is to expand access to programs that serve preK-12 children and youth outside the school day on a regular basis, including before and after school, school vacation weeks, and summer.
An annual appropriation of $2.5 million would help to ensure that all high-need communities in Vermont get the support they need to make sure that children, youth, and families have access to quality afterschool and summer learning programs.
Learn more about key afterschool data and Zap the Gap talking points.
Need for Afterschool Programs and Other Data
General Information on the Value of Afterschool