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Quality Enhancements in After-School and Out-of-School Time (ASOST-Q) Grant Program




The Quality Enhancements in After-School and Out-of-School Time (ASOST-Q) Grant Program (Fund Code 530) is a program funded through state line item 7061-9611. Funding is designed to enhance comprehensive and effective after-school and out-of-school time programming for students in grades K-12. Grants support children's and youth's academic, social, and emotional development outside of the regular school day, for public and non-public school-age students during the school year and over the summer months. Priorities for programs include:

  1. Supporting strong and innovative enhancements to programming using the Departments of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) and Early Education and Care (EEC) recommended Guidelines for Quality Enhancements in After-School and Out-of-School Time programs Download PDF document  Download MS WORD document ; and
  2. Addressing barriers to student participation.
  3. Expanding/enhancing quality summer programming to ensure a continuum of programs and services to help to stem summer learning loss.

Request for Proposals:

  1. (Competitive) FY16 Fund Code (FC) 530B Quality Enhancements in After-School and Out-of-School Time (ASOST-Q)

    Grant Program Purpose: 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.

    Grant Program Priorities: The main priority for this grant program is to improve the quality of OST programs and services by supporting partnerships to develop, pilot, and document high-quality service-learning (SL) curricula that will help to decrease summer learning loss and increase students' social-emotional competencies. More specifically, these grants will support quality enhancement by:

    • Supporting OST staff to better understand and implement social-emotional learning (SEL) practices, as well as to teach social-emotional skills and competencies using SL.
    • Helping OST staff to identify and plan for intentional STEM, English language arts, social studies and/or mathematics learning goals and outcomes for summer programming using SL.
    • Developing high-quality summer SL curricula that will help to decrease summer learning loss and increase social-emotional competencies, and which can be replicated.
    Funded applicants and their partners will receive professional development (PD) and training from and work with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (Department) to develop their curricula to be implemented during an existing summer program.

    Eligibility: Community-based organizations and/or school districts with demonstrated expertise and experience developing and/or implementing SEL teaching and learning strategies and practices, in partnership with an existing OST summer program site. Applicants that are not a school district must also demonstrate a partnership with the district and/or school(s) that the students served in the program attend; including the involvement of at least one school/district educator with expertise in the content-area(s) to be addressed through the SL curriculum. Fiscal year 2015-2015 (FY15) Fund Code (FC) 530 Grantees (who are also eligible for FY16 FC 530 continuation grants) are not eligible to apply as either a lead or a partner.

    Eligibility Amounts: A total of approximately $300,000 is available. Applicants may apply for up to $31,000, including $6,300 to support Department-sponsored professional development, to cover school year and summer costs related to developing the curriculum, and planning and implementing it during an existing summer program.

    RFP Application and Due Date: The FY16 FC 530B RFP is due on September 9, 2015. See RFP for full details.

  2. (Continuation) FY16 FC 530 Quality Enhancements in After-School and Out-of-School Time (ASOST-Q)

    Eligible applicants include all FY15 Fund Code 530 recipients at the amount originally awarded (prior to cuts made per M.G.L.c.29, s. 9C.)

RFP Archives:

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FY15 Competitive Grant RFP
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FY14 Competitive Grant RFP
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FY14 Continuation Grant RFP
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FY13 Competitive Grant RFP
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FY12 Competitive Grant RFP

Previous RFPs are available upon request (see contact information below).

Grant Recipients:

FY16 FC 530 continuation grant recipients (eligible for their initial full FY15 amounts).

FY16 FC 530B competitive grant recipients.

FY16 Targeted Funds (FC 531), as directed by the FY16 state budget 7061-9611 line item, for the following:

  • $100,000 for the Resiliency for Life program to support academic intervention and dropout prevention;
  • $10,000 for the Steps to Success program [through Third Sector New England] in the town of Brookline;
  • $60,000 for the construction of a children's community playground at the Alfred J. Gomes elementary school in the city of New Bedford;
  • $25,000 for a 1-time grant program to be administered by Southcoast Health System, Inc. for the purchase of automated external defibrillators, with possible applicants to include municipalities, school districts, including regional school districts, and nonprofit organizations located in the city of New Bedford for use in schools, youth sports facilities and other youth centers that serve financially disadvantaged children; provided further, that local matching funds may be provided through the municipality or school district by local appropriation or through donations from nonprofit organizations or individual, corporate, or foundation gifts; provided further, that the grant program shall be designated as the Sean Patrick Toomey memorial grant;
  • $100,000 for the renovation of the stage and auditorium of Agawam [junior] high school in the city known as the town of Agawam;
  • $15,000 for summer programming through Auburn Youth and Family Services, Inc.

Recipients Archives:

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FY15 (September 2014 - August 2015 & September 2015 - August 2016))
FY15 Targeted Funds: (FC 531) For Auburn Youth and Family Services, Inc. -$5,000* for summer programming, as directed by the FY15 state budget 7061-9611 line item.
*Note: Reduced to $0 in November, 2014 per M.G.L. c.29, s. 9C budget cuts.
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FY14 (September 2013 - August 2014)
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FY13 (September 2012 - August 2014)
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FY12 (September 2011 - August 2012)

Resources:

Download PDF document  Download MS WORD document  Report to the Legislature on After-School and Out-of-School Time Quality Enhancement Grants (May 2013)

After School and Out-of-School Time Technical Assistance Resources

The Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care oversees early education and care and after-school services for families.

The Massachusetts Special Commission on After School and Out of School Time was created by the Massachusetts Legislature to "study and recommend how to' define and 'better coordinate, expand, finance and improve accessible, affordable, and quality out-of-school time programming for school age children in all settings in Massachusetts." The Commission published a report, Our Common Wealth: Building a Future for Our Children and Youth Download PDF Document, in 2007

Public School Operated School-Age Child Care Programs, operated by a public school, on a regular basis, that provide supervised group care for school-age children during out-of-school time are required to register through this online form with the Department (ESE). A copy of the required registration information Download PDF document  Download MS WORD document can be used to prepare information to enter online. Programming offered must align with the Quality Standards for Public School Operated School-Age Standards Download PDF document  Download MS WORD document, wherever appropriate, and be in accordance with local school/district policy and procedure.

Contact Information:

Kristen McKinnon, Service-Learning and Student Engagement Specialist
via asost@doe.mass.edu or kmckinnon@doe.mass.edu
or (781) 338-3010 or (781) 338-6306

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

Office of Learning Supports and Early Learning (OLSEL)
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant St., Malden MA 02148-4906



Last Updated: Jun 1, 2016
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