LaFontan leads state after-school network
Published 9:01 pm, Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Vincent D. LaFontan, of Kent, has been elected to serve as chairman of the 14-person board of directors of the Connecticut After School Network.
For several years he has been the director of Extended Care and Learning for the Farmington public school district.
Michelle Doucette Cunningham, the network’s executive director, announced LaFontan’s election from the asssociation’s headquarters.
The Kent resident began his term July 1.
“I am honored to have been selected to serve as the chairman,” said LaFontan. “I understand the issues facing today’s families, schools and after-school professionals.
“I hope to do my best in advancing the mission and vision of the network,” he added. “I will use my experiences in Out-of-School Time (OST), education, recreation, military and social service programs to strengthen the voice of the profession.”
LaFontan is an author of numerous nationally published articles and publications on best practices in after-school programs, and was co-editor of “Innovations in Child and Youth Programming” a special issue of the Journal New Directions in Youth Development (Jossey-Bass, 2011).
Most recently, LaFontan served two terms on the National AfterSchool Association’s board of directors in Washington, D.C., ending his six years of service this year as vice-chairman.
During his tenure he played a role in the financial turnaround of the organization as the association’s treasurer from 2010 to 2012, and he chaired the successful AfterSchool Today Magazine Editorial Committee from 2009 to 2015.
LaFontan has been a member of the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, as well as the Tunxis Community College Early Childhood Advisory Council since 2005.
In 2013, LaFontan’s first in a series of three children’s books was published.
Since 1998, LaFontan has been an active consultant to youth-serving organizations in Connecticut with an emphasis on program development, sustainability and best practices.
He said he is a strong advocate of the “enterprise fund” concept of municipal accounting for after-school programs. In addition, he has significant public speaking experience from his many years as an elected public official in his own home community, as well as providing trainings throughout the United States.
Following his active duty service in the United States Marine Corps, LaFontan began his career in 1989 with Kent Park and Recreation.
After a tenure with the state’s youth program at Camp Weicker in Niantic, he served from 1994 to 2004 in various positions with the New Milford Youth Agency.
The Connecticut After School Network promotes young people’s safety, healthy development and learning outside the traditional classroom.