Kent's LaFontan takes his after-school expertise nationally

Vincent LaFontan of Kent has been elected to the 12-person board of directors of the National AfterSchool Association (NAA). His three-year term began July 24.

"I am honored to have been elected to the NAA board," said Mr. LaFontan, well known in the Greater New Miford area for his work earlier this decade at the New Milford Youth Agency.

Following Marine Corps active duty, Mr. LaFontan began his career with Kent Park and Recreation in 1989 and then moved in 1993 to the state's youth program at Camp Weicker in Niantic.

From 1994 to 2004, he served in varying positions including assistant director at the Youth Agency in New Milford.

In 2004, Mr. LaFontan was named director at Farmington Extended Care and Learning, a branch of the Farmington school district.

Since 1998, he 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.

"My professional career has been spent working with children and families in out-of-school hours," he explained. "I have worked with a wide age range of children from very diverse communities. My experiences have included recreation, military, social service and education based programs."

Mr. LaFontan earned a B.S. in Family Studies and a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Connecticut. In 1999 he earned a Masters of Health Administration (MHA) from the Ancell School of Business at Western Connecticut State University.