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Student and Family Support (SFS)

Afterschool and Out-of-School Time, including Summer, State Funded Grant Programs

Afterschool and Out-of-School Time Quality Enhancements (ASOST-Q)

The Afterschool and Out-of-School Time Quality Enhancements (ASOST-Q) Grant Program (Fund Code 530) is a program funded through state line item 7061-9611. The purpose of this grant program is to enhance out-of-school time (OST*) programs and services to improve the academic, physical, social, and emotional wellness of public and non-public school-age youth during the school year and the summer months. The priorities of the grant are to improve the quality of OST programs and services by supporting:

  • Activities that enhance one or more of the quality criteria areas outlined in the Guidelines for Quality Enhancements in After-School and Out-of-School Time (Category A - Quality Enhancements)Download Word Document; and
  • Regional and statewide professional development (PD), which may include networking opportunities, for other OST providers (Category B - Regional or Statewide PD/Networking).

Increased Access to Quality Afterschool and Summer Programs

The Increased Access to Quality Afterschool and Summer Learning programs (Fund Code 528) is also funded through state line item 7061-9611. The purpose of this grant program is to increase access to quality afterschool and summer learning programs. The priorities of the grant are to:

  • Support the creation of new afterschool and summer programs and/or existing programs to serve more students most underserved (including but not limited to students designated as economically disadvantaged, English language learners, special education, in foster care and living in rural areas);
  • Offer engaging and innovative hands-on programming that builds core academic knowledge and skills, as well as social and emotional competencies;
  • Offer enrichment activities that will help to close opportunity gaps;
  • Create a culturally responsive and welcoming environment; and
  • Partner with schools and/or community-based organizations.

Development and Expansion of High Quality Summer Learning Programs

The Development and Expansion of High Quality Summer Learning Programs (Fund Code 527) is funded through state line item 7061-9814. The purpose of this grant program is to increase access to quality afterschool and summer learning programs. The priorities of the grant are to:

  • Supports the development of a new summer program or the expansion of an existing summer program by adding more students and/or time;
  • Offers at least 150 hours of programming with a focus on academic and college and career readiness skills, including critical thinking, collaboration, perseverance and other social and emotional areas;
  • Offers engaging and innovative hands-on programming;
  • Offers enrichment activities that will help to close opportunity gaps;
  • Connects to evidence/researched-based programming;
  • Creates a culturally responsive and welcoming environment; and
  • Collaborates with a variety of organizations and leverages cost-sharing partnerships with local districts, private funders and non-profit institutions.

Contact Information:

Allison Smith
via asost@doe.mass.edu or asmith@doe.mass.edu
or (781) 338-3010 or (781) 338-3232

or Donna Pisaturo
via asost@doe.mass.edu or dpisaturo@doe.mass.edu
or (781) 338-3010 or (781) 338-3322

or Rachelle Engler Bennett, Associate Commissioner
via achievement@doe.mass.edu or 781-338-3010

Office of Student and Family Support
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant St., Malden MA 02148-4906

Last Updated: January 17, 2020

 
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