Vermont currently has no dedicated state funding to ensure that after school and summer learning programs are available and accessible to all.
More than 21,000 Vermont K-12 youth are enrolled in after school, but 22,000+ are waiting for an available program.
Quality after school 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 after school 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 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.