Afterschool in Virginia

Facts & Research

  • In Virginia, 18% (236,414) of K-12 youth are responsible for taking care of themselves after school.
  • Of all Virginia children not currently enrolled in afterschool, 35% (390,792) would be likely to participate IF an afterschool program were available in their community.
  • 87% of parents in Virginia are satisfied with the afterschool program their child attends.
  • 15% (190,444) of Virginia's K-12 children participate in afterschool programs, including 17,823 kids in programs supported by the U.S. Department of Education's 21st Century Community Learning Centers initiative, the only federal program dedicated to afterschool.

For afterschool participation and funding levels in Virginia, refer to the Afterschool in Virginia Fact Sheet.

Explore America After 3PM for even more research on afterschool programs in Virginia.

State Policy and Funding

The Virginia Department of Social Services provides Quality Initiative Fund allocations through the federal Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF)to local social services departments with a 15.5 percent local match requirement.  The combined funds, which total $1.5 million, may be used for activities that improve the quality of child care programs serving children from birth through school-age.  A minimum of 50 percent of the funds must be spent on activities that align with the four standard areas of the Virginia Star Quality Initiative, the commonwealth's child care quality rating and improvement system. Activities that improve care for school-age children is an approved category listed specifically on guidance documents, and several localities plan to use these funds for summer school-age child care programs or to work with school-age programs during the school year.

Check out the State Policy section of our website for state-specific data and ideas for developing and advancing afterschool policy at the state level.

See Policy News for the latest on afterschool legislation from Washington, D.C.

Interested in running an afterschool tutoring program?

Find information on the application process and selection criteria for Supplemental Educational Services (SES) providers in your state here.

Virginia received $59.8 million through the ARRA-School Improvement Grants (SIG) program to turn around its persistently lowest achieving schools. SIG funds are part of the $3.5 billion that were made available to states from money set aside in the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the FY 2010 budget. Eligible schools may use ARRA-SIG funding to support extended learning-time opportunities.

Additionally, George Mason University was recognized with an Invest in Innovation (i3) validation grant totaling $28.5 million for its Virginia Initiative for Science Teaching and Achievement (VISTA) program.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 offers numerous opportunities to support extended learning-time including afterschool, before school and summer programs. See more on afterschool and the Recovery here.

Your statewide afterschool network has a webpage with useful resources and policy updates:

News & Voices

What's the word on afterschool in your state? News clippings, noteworthy quotes and feel good stories highlight Virginia's afterschool cause.

What leaders are saying in Virginia:

America's ability to maintain global competitiveness largely depends on our country's ability to provide interactive, science-oriented after-school programs. Youth organizations like 4-H are leading the charge to foster our next generation of great thinkers by encouraging kids of all ages to explore and to discover the wonders of science, engineering and technology.

Jim Moran
U.S. House of Representatives (D-8th)

There are no recent afterschool news stories for Virginia.

Want more news on afterschool? Check out this month's Afterschool Advocate and our blog Afterschool Snack.

America's Afterschool Storybook tells the stories of people and communities transformed by afterschool programs. Read more inspiring stories from America's Afterschool Storybook from people across the country.

From Ivory Sarceno's Afterschool Story:

I now have a four-year, full-tuition scholarship to Bucknell University. Even better than that, I know I won't get homesick missing homemade meals!

In a nutshell, the most rewarding part about BrainFood has been watching my own transformation. You have to live it to really understand.

Read more from Ivory Sarceno's Afterschool Story

From Daliah Smallwood's Afterschool Story:

This youth advocate created this pamphlet at the Afterschool for All Challenge to communicate a personal advocacy message across platforms. It was originally designed to be used as a leave-behind during meetings with Members of Congress and their staff on Capitol Hill.

Read more from Daliah Smallwood's Afterschool Story

From Diamond Hunt's Afterschool Story:

This youth advocate created this pamphlet at the Afterschool for All Challenge to communicate a personal advocacy message across platforms. It was originally designed to be used as a leave-behind during meetings with Members of Congress and their staff on Capitol Hill.

Read more from Diamond Hunt's Afterschool Story

From Briana Vandivier's Afterschool Story:

I feel that Congress should stand up...and join the afterschool caucus

Read more from Briana Vandivier's Afterschool Story

From Javonni Overton's Afterschool Story:

Congress con join the afterschool caucus...

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From Jaqua Parker's Afterschool Story:

 I'm here to promote the importance of quality standards for afterschool time.

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From Taylor Seymour's Afterschool Story:

Afterschool is important because it benefits kids, not only educationally, but socially as well.

Read more from Taylor Seymour's Afterschool Story

From Emerald Sully's Afterschool Story:

Congress can support Senate bill 326 and House of Representatives bill 4086 to help fund and maintain beneficial afterschool programs.

Read more from Emerald Sully's Afterschool Story

From Gabby Taylor's Afterschool Story:

Congress can support the bills that pertain to afterschool programming and ensure that the funding for quality afterschool programs will be available.

Read more from Gabby Taylor's Afterschool Story

From Desiree Seldon's Afterschool Story:

 I'm here to support afterschool programs and advocate for quality standards for afterschool.

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From Quincy Brown's Afterschool Story:

I am here to get support from the legislatures for better afterschool programs.

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Afterschool Champions

Virginia has champions across the state leading the fight to ensure that all children have access to safe and enriching afterschool programs.

On March 3, 2005, members of Congress established the first-ever Afterschool Caucus in both the Senate and the House of Representatives in order to build support for afterschool programs and increase resources for quality afterschool care. The following elected officials from Virginia participate in their chamber's Afterschool Caucus:

Your state has no elected officials in the Afterschool Caucus. Ask your Senators and Representative to show their support for afterschool programs by joining the Afterschool Caucuses.

Afterschool for All brings together individuals and organizations from across the nation who support the vision that all children and youth deserve access to quality, affordable afterschool programs. Here's a list of some prominent Afterschool for All participants in Virginia:

America's Promise -- The Alliance for Youth

National Society of Black Engineers, Alexandria, VA

The National Association for Music Education, Reston, VA

Selected from some of the most effective afterschool programs and advocacy organizations in the nation, the Afterschool Ambassadors work every day to help keep kids safe, inspire children to learn and help working families. They know firsthand the barriers and benefits that communities face in making afterschool available to all children and are a great resource for programs throughout Virginia. Here is a list of past and present ambassadors in your state:

Ambassador Emeritus:
Newport News Parks Recreation & Tourism
700 Town Center Drive
Suite #320
Newport News, VA 23606

Ambassador Emeritus:
Fairfax County Office of Public Private Partnerships
12000 Government Center Parkway
Suite #432
Fairfax, VA 22035

Ambassador Emeritus:
Arlington Public Schools
Elementary Spanish Language Teacher
3713 King Arthur Road
Annandale, VA 22003

State Contact

Blaire U. Denson
Virginia Partnership for Out-of-School Time
308 Turner Road, Suite A
Richmond, VA 23225
(804) 612-0307