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MAP is dedicated to expanding quality afterschool and out-of-school time (ASOST) programs and other expanded learning opportunities (ELO) statewide for children, youth, families and communities.


Children, youth and families across the Commonwealth need you to be their voice! As previously reported in the WIN, MAP's Advocacy campaign - Afterschool Works! - has transformed from a one day event at the State House to four critically important events across the state. Register today for the April 15th (Springfield) or April 16th (Boston) event today at afterschoolcelebration.eventbrite.com


The Massachusetts Afterschool Partnership's Regional ASOST Celebration and Recognition Ceremonies are right around the corner! Make sure to sign up using the link above. If you are interested in becoming an exhibitor at the event, you can use the following link to apply: MAP Exhibitor Application.

Your presence at these events are critical and we need you to be present to make sure leaders throughout the state understand that AFTERSCHOOL WORKS! 


April 23: MAPping the Hill: AFTERSCHOOL WORKS! History Hunt,
State House, Boston. 10:00am

Afterschool programs from across the state will meet at the State House, go on a tour of the building and then participate in a scavenger hunt related to the tour. The winning team will receive a sundae party at their program. This will provide your students with an opportunity to visit their local representative's office and provide them with an exciting civic experience. If you would like to participate in the History Hunt please contact MAP's Research and Policy Associate, Patrick Stanton at pstanton@massafterschool.org.

Advocacy Day 2013


Afterschool Works! Advocacy Day

Tuesday, April 23rd - 9:00am

Great Hall of Flags - State House


Last year at Afterschool Works! Advocacy Day we asked you to speak up and be a voice for children, youth and high quality expanded learning opportunities. It worked! Together, over the course of a year:


  • We protected the After School & Out of School Time Quality Grant (Line Item 7061-9611)
  • We saw increased investments in summer learning opportunities across the state
  • We made certain that professional development resources were equitably distributed
  • We put informal and project-based learning at the forefront of the state's STEM education agenda
  • Schools and community based partners have strengthened their ELO collaborations
  • Creative Minds Out of School has brought art-based, project-based learning to 3000 students
  • And in October, we passed An Act Establishing an Afterschool & Out-of-School Time Coordinating Council!


Thank you! Not only does Afterschool Work but clearly, Advocacy Works as well!


The timing of this year's event could not be better. As we gather on Beacon Hill to be a voice for children and youth, the House of Representatives will be in session and is scheduled to be voting on amendments to their budget. We need to make sure that just before your Legislator walks out of their office to vote, they know how much these high quality expanded learning opportunities mean to your community.


Register today at: http://afterschoolworksadvocacyday.eventbrite.com/


Afterschool, Out-of-School Time (OST) and expanded learning opportunities inspire and support thousands of Massachusetts children, youth and families every day. From project-based learning to music and the arts to physical fitness and nutrition, OST programs address the needs of the whole child. Yet, only 20% of Massachusetts' 1.3 million school-age children and youth have access to afterschool and out-of-school time opportunities.


For providing quality services, supporting working families, supporting economic growth, strengthening workforce development and keeping kids safe, the answer is simple: AFTERSCHOOL WORKS!


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There are many ways to help support MAP and critical public policy efforts around afterschool and ELO. Here's how:


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Creative Minds Out of School

Creative Minds Out of School is an exciting, new arts education program designed by the Massachusetts Afterschool Partnership (MAP) in partnership with the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), the stateís art and culture agency, and Davis Publications, the nationís leading publisher of arts education materials.  The goal of the Creative Minds curriculum is to engage children grades K-5 in high-quality art exploration and art-making in afterschool and out-of-school time settings. The Creative Minds curriculum has been launched nationally.


The Creative Minds Facebook page can be found here.


 If you have any questions about Creative Minds, please contact Katie Magrane at kmagrane@massafterschool.org.