Signed into law by Governor Deval Patrick in August 2012, MAP worked with its partners to draft and pass “An Act Establishing the After School and Out-of-School Time Coordinating Council” (now MGL 254). MAP provided research and policy expertise to the Joint Committee on Education and galvanized our extensive network of stakeholders across the Commonwealth to mobilize schools, districts and community-based organizations to call attention to the need for and passage of the Coordinating Council.

This law, a recommendation of the 2007 Special Commission creates a fifteen member statewide Coordinating Council is tasked with researching resources and evidence based strategies that best support children and youth in the Commonwealth during their out-of-school hours. In addition to analyzing how state and federal funding is being used, MAP and fellow Council members will be tasked with making recommendations in five key areas:

1. Alignment of efforts between the Departments of Early Education and Care (EEC) and Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)
2. Increasing coordination/collaboration between schools/school districts and community based organizations
3. Strengthen the workforce
4. Increase access to high quality programs
5. Sustaining ASOST through public and private investment
To learn more about the Coordinating Council and its work, visit their website at: ASOST Council.

Public Support for Afterschool Programs

Percent of Massachusetts Children Unsupervised Afterschool

There is high demand and high need for afterschool programs in Massachusets. The ASOST Coordinating Council looks to help build on a successful educational foundation and expand access to all children and youth. The council wants to hear from parents, providers, experts and students themselves. The Council released a report on June 1st, 2014 detailing their work so far. Download it below.

Get more reports and other info at the the ASOST Council’s main website.