Kent's LaFontan earns national education position
Vincent D. LaFontan of Kent has been elected to serve as vice chairman of the prestigious, 16-person board of directors of the National AfterSchool Association.
Mr. LaFontan is the director of Extended Care and Learning for Farmington public schools in Farmington.
Gina Warner, NAA's executive director, announced the results from the association's headquarters to the 5,000 professional members.
Mr. LaFontan will officially begin his second, three-year-term July 1 as a member of the board.
"I am honored to have been selected to serve as the vice chairman of the National AfterSchool Associations Board of Directors," said the Kent resident.
"I understand the issues facing today's families, schools and after-school professionals and I hope to do my best in advancing the mission and vision of the National AfterSchool Association.
"I will use my experiences in recreation, military, social service and out-of-school, education-based programs to strengthen the voice of the profession," Mr. LaFontan said.
Mr. LaFontan is an author of numerous published articles and publications on best practices in after-school programs.
Most recently, he was co-editor of "Innovations in Child and Youth Programming," a special issue of the Journal New Directions in Youth Development (Jossey-Bass, 2011).
He has been a member of the Connecticut After School Network and NAA since 2004.
He also has been a member of the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities since 2005, as well as a member of the Tunxis Community College Early Childhood Advisory Council.
Since 1998, Mr. LaFontan has been an active consultant to youth serving organizations in the state with an emphasis on program development, sustainability and best practices for school and municipal-administered before and after-school programs.
Mr. LaFontan has extensive experience in non-profit budget administration and is an advocate of the enterprise fund concept of municipal accounting for after school programs.
The Kent resident also has extensive public speaking experience from his many years as an elected public official in his own community, as well as while administering youth and family programs.