Vermont Afterschool Joins the Million Girls Moonshot Initiative

The STEM Next Opportunity Fund recently announced a multi-year grant to Vermont Afterschool as part of the Million Girls Moonshot. The Intel Foundation and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation have joined STEM Next Opportunity Fund and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation to launch the Million Girls Moonshot. The effort is designed to engage one… Read more »

Fall 2020 Professional Development is HERE!

In the midst of so much change, uncertainty, and upheaval, there is one thing you can count on. Vermont Afterschool will ALWAYS deliver high-quality professional development and training experiences no matter what! And we’re so pleased to announce that we have a stellar line-up for Fall 2020 and beyond. Download our PD catalogue to get… Read more »

“You’ve Got This”: Notes from the Social Emotional Roundtable Field Call

The weekly conversations between programs continued this week and focused on a reopening challenge that will impact virtually everyone on some level: maintaining awareness around our social and emotional health. There are some more general themes and then some specific resources that I’ll highlight here.  The themes came from Sara Forward, LICSW of the Vermont… Read more »

Field Call Conversation on Staffing

On Tuesday, August 4th, a group of afterschool and other youth-serving professionals gathered to discuss the challenges that have been coming up related to reopening programs as they work on planning how to do so safely and effectively. The specified topic of the day was staffing, though the conversation ventured into other topics as well. … Read more »

Reopening Together: How Afterschool Can Partner with Schools

Afterschool programs are essential for meeting students’ needs during the COVID-19 crisis and throughout recovery. As districts release guidelines and schedules for the upcoming school year, principals and superintendents will drive decisions about how schools reopen and how they work with their afterschool partners. Collaboration between out-of-school time and in-school time is more important than… Read more »

Vermont Afterschool Receives New Grant from the NSB Foundation

We are pleased to announce a new grant from the Northfield Savings Bank Foundation (NSBF), the charitable arm of the Northfield Savings Bank. A two-year $100,000 grant to Vermont Afterschool will provide funding for our Youth Leadership Initiative, an impactful project that puts young people at the center of decision-making in our communities through the… Read more »

Summer Matters: Celebrate National Summer Learning Week July 6-11, 2020

Summer is not canceled this year, and summer learning opportunities are more important than ever in 2020. Across Vermont, summer programs are adapting and innovating to ensure children and their families can access quality summer learning opportunities and critical supports and services throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. In recognition of these programs, Vermont Afterschool joins the… Read more »

Vermont Afterschool Helps Programs Get Clean Hands This Summer

With the temperatures rising, many young people (and more than a few parents) are clamoring for summer programming this year. Many programs across the state have responded to step up and run in-person programming this summer. Vermont Afterschool has helped to guide program leaders through the requirements and guidelines that come with running programming during… Read more »

Stories From the Field: Encore

Contributed by Beth Chambers, Director of Encore Afterschool Encore, the afterschool and summer program with nine sites across the North Country Supervisory Union, has an “All Hands On Deck!” mantra right now that is fully inclusive of afterschool and summer program staff. We have had afterschool staff who worked in the NCSU Childcare for Essential… Read more »