ASOST Coordinating Council

Afterschool and OUt-of-school Time COORDINATING Council

Recommendations on Afterschool and Summer Learning


The Council's Vision

Established in 2012 after the passage Chapter 254 (An Act Establishing the Afterschool and Out-of-School Time Coordinating Council) the After School and Out-of-School Time (ASOST) Coordinating Council is a fifteen member council tasked with researching resources and evidence based strategies that best support children and youth in the Commonwealth during their out-of-school hours.

A recommendation of the Special Commission on After School and out of School Time in 2006, the Coordinating Council is charged with articulating a coordinated state-wide vision for expanded learning opportunities (ELO) that support students socially, emotionally and academically. In year two of its initial four year operating period, the Council seeks to enable state-wide change and systems improvement by developing new tools, educating communities on ASOST, and supporting new research.

Guided by the research of the ASOST Commission, the Coordinating Council is tasked with development and
implementation of policies that build a foundation for collaboration, partnerships, and enrichment of the youth of
Massachusetts. The following five charges were provided to guide the Coordinating Council in its policy recommendations.



Representative Jennifer Benson
Massachusetts State House
Room 22

Senator Brendan Crighton
Massachusetts State House
Room 109-C



Areas of Research

Afterschool Access


Agency Alignment


Professional DEVELOPMENT


Public Private Partnerships







1. The ALIGNMENT of efforts between the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) and theDepartment of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).

2. PROMOTING COLLABORATION and strengthening coordination between school districts and community-based afterschool and out-of-school time programs.

3. WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT in the afterschool and out-of-school time workforce including enhancing opportunities for professional development and technical assistance.

4. INCREASING ACCESS for children and families to high quality afterschool and out-of-school
time programming.

5. SUSTAINABILITY by encouraging both public and private investments in afterschool and out-of-school time programming.
— The ASOST Council's Charges


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