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.
Areas of Research
Public Private Partnerships