Nicole Miller Named New Executive Director of Vermont Afterschool

On behalf of Vermont Afterschool’s Board of Directors, it’s my distinct pleasure to announce that Nicole Miller has been hired as the organization’s next executive director. Nicole’s background as a site coordinator, ten years as a program director of a rural afterschool program, and most recently as VTA’s assistant director and interim director, has provided… Read more »

It’s a big day for Vermont’s youth!

It’s a big day for Vermont’s youth! Two groundbreaking bills (S.197 and H.293) that are primed to make a positive, transformational difference in the lives of Vermont’s youth passed through the governor’s desk Wednesday, May 11, and will become law. The first youth-focused bill to become law, S.197, An act relating to the provision of… Read more »

Gov. Phil Scott and Sen. Bernie Sanders Announce Nearly $4 Million in Grants for Youth Summer Programs

Montpelier, Vt. – Governor Phil Scott, Senator Bernie Sanders and Vermont Afterschool today announced the recipients of the Summer Matters for All Grant Program. A total of $3.85 million was awarded to about 100 programs in 13 counties to expand access to summer enrichment opportunities for K-12 youth this summer. Governor Scott has put an… Read more »

Our DEI Approach for 2021

As with so many others, 2020 upended the way we work. It has been eye-opening, illuminating, and humbling. And not just in terms of working remotely or adjusting to life in a pandemic. For our team at Vermont Afterschool, part of this re-focusing and re-envisioning our work has meant examining the way we approach diversity,… Read more »

Vermont Is a ‘Top 10 State for Afterschool,’ Even as Unmet Demand for Increases

Student participation that exceeds the national average and overwhelming parent satisfaction with afterschool programs make Vermont a “Top 10 State for Afterschool,” according to the America After 3PM household survey commissioned by the Afterschool Alliance and released today. Nevertheless, unmet demand for programs – the percentage of Vermont parents who say they would enroll their… Read more »

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 »

Vermont Afterschool to Partner on School-age Child Care Expansion

Vermont Afterschool, along with key partners at the Vermont Department for Children and Families and Let’s Grow Kids, will coordinate Governor Phil Scott’s recent directive to increase school-age child care this fall. Last week Governor Scott announced that the state would direct $12 million in federal coronavirus relief funding to increase the capacity of the… Read more »

Our Collective Impact in 2019-20

It’s hard to believe that we are wrapping up another fiscal year. FY20 certainly presented its challenges, but the field adjusted quickly to the unprecedented COVID crisis. Here at Vermont Afterschool, we continued to serve the field while adapting our outreach and professional development to be exclusively virtual (hello, Zoom). We were able to continue… Read more »