By establishing partnerships with child and youth-focused agencies, organizations, and institutions, we have been able to serve the needs of families, providers, and policymakers. BOSTnet gratefully acknowledges the support of our funders and initiative partners.
Boston After School and Beyond Boston After School & Beyond (Boston Beyond) was formed in 2004 as the successor to Boston's After-School for All Partnership and the Boston 2:00 to 6:00 After-School Initiative. Boston Beyond is a public/private partnership providing broad-based civic leadership and services to expand, strengthen, and sustain Boston's system of out-of-school time programs, ensuring high-quality opportunities for all of Boston's children and youth.
Boston Centers for Youth and Families Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF) is Boston's largest youth and human service agency. A City of Boston department under Mayor Thomas M. Menino, BCYF oversees 46 facilities including 21 pools and one beach. Each community center facility offers a variety of educational, recreational and social programming for people of all ages. Through the input of local voluntary advisory councils, BCYF centers' programs reflect the needs and concerns of our neighborhoods.
Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston The mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston (BGCB) is to help boys and girls, generally from disadvantaged circumstances, develop the qualities needed to become responsible citizens and leaders. To achieve this, we offer a variety of program activities and support services designed to assist in the educational, emotional, physical and social development of 6 to 18-year-olds, without regard to social, racial, ethnic, or religious background.
Center For Sport in Society at Northeastern The Center for the Study of Sport in Society at Northeastern University is one of the world's leading social justice organizations that uses sport to create social change internationally. Through research, education, and advocacy the center promotes physical activity, health, violence prevention, and diversity among young people and college and professional athletes. Sports in Society's innovative programs are all staffed by former college or professional athletes.
Child Care Capital Investment Fund The Child Care Capital Investment Fund (CCCIF) believes that all children need to learn in physical environments designed to support their growth. CCCIF helps non-profit organizations to develop high-quality spaces for early learning and youth development in Massachusetts. CCCIF provides financing and technical assistance for projects as small as repainting or buying new play equipment and as large as building a whole new center.
For Kids Only After School Programs For Kids Only After School Programs strives to support the needs of children and families through academic, recreational and social opportunities that enhance school day learning and build upon individual strengths and interests necessary for life long success. For Kids Only programs focus on the individual strengths and needs of each child in our care by providing engaging and enriching activities for children in all areas of development: socio-emotional, cognitive, language and physical.
Harvard Family Research Project Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP) strives to promote more effective educational practices, programs, and policies for disadvantaged children and youth by generating, publishing, and disseminating their own and others' research. HFRP was founded in 1983 at the Harvard Graduate School of Education by its director Heather B. Weiss, Ed.D.
Massachusetts After School Partnership (MAP) MAP was established in 2003 to develop a statewide after school network to improve quality and resources for after school, summer, and youth programs in the state of Massachusetts. MAP developed out of a growing awareness that after school programs are vital in meeting important social and economic needs, including providing support for educational success and support to working families with school-aged children.
Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care The Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) combines the functions of the Office of Child Care Services (OCCS) with those of the Early Learning Services Division at the Department of Education. The creation of EEC represents an exciting opportunity to build a new, coordinated, comprehensive system of early education and care in Massachusetts. In the short term, the new agency will be focused on bringing together the people, services, and resources of the two agencies.
Massachusetts Readiness Centers The centers join teachers from Early Education and Care with elementary, secondary and higher education to provide valuable support by maximizing the power of working together to tackle local and statewide priorities in public education with a specific focus on professional development.
National After School Association (NAA) The National After School Association is the leading voice of the after school profession dedicated to the development, education and care of children and youth during their out-of-school hours.
National Institute of Summer Learning Association The National Summer Learning Association serves as a network hub for thousands of summer learning program providers and stakeholders across the country, providing tools, resources, and expertise to improve program quality, generate support, and increase youth access and participation.
National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) The mission of NIOST is to ensure that all children, youth, and families have access to high quality programs, activities, and opportunities during non-school hours. NIOST believes that these experiences are essential to the healthy development of children and youth, who then can become effective and capable members of society. Our work bridges the worlds of research and practice.
Program in Education, After School & Resiliency(PEAR) The Program in Education, After School & Resiliency (PEAR) is dedicated to making meaningful theoretical and practical contributions to youth development, school reform and prevention. Dr. Gil Noam founded the program in 1999 as a collaboration between Harvard Medical School/ McLean Hospital and the Harvard Graduate School of Education with a number of strong community partners. PEAR was established in response to the growing recognition that high-quality after school programs hold the promise of building resiliency and preventing high-risk behavior in youth, as well as contributing to school success. PEAR takes a developmental approach to the study of new models of effective after school programming, and incorporates educational, health, public policy, and psychological perspectives.
State Street Global Philanthropy Through Global Philanthropy Program, State Street makes effective and socially responsible corporate contributions to non-profit and charitable organizations that provide community service initiatives, primarily in communities where State Street offices are located. The program is designed to help generate and sustain positive change in our communities, while complementing the development of their worldwide business operations. The Global Philanthropy program is focused on three primary areas of emphasis: Human Services; Educational Programs; and Community Improvement and Development.
United Way of Massachusetts Bayand Merrimack Valley UWMB brings the community together to help improve people's lives and strengthen the neighborhoods of Greater Boston. This focus has not changed, but what has and will change are the needs of the community and its people. Therefore, the focus of the UWMB's work - not the mission of the organization - has and will change in response. The vision of United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley is that in ten years, the Greater Boston metropolitan area will be the best place for children in the country. They feel the best way to improve the future for our children is to both strengthen the financial security of their parents today and ensure that kids are getting the nurturing support and educational opportunities that will prepare them for adulthood.
Verizon Foundation As the philanthropic arm of Verizon and one of the largest corporate foundations in the world, the Verizon Foundation supports and invests in the people and organizations working to improve the quality of life in our communities. Their efforts are rooted in a century-old tradition of giving back to the communities they serve, guided by a firm belief that technology can have a profound and positive effect on social issues. They place a special emphasis on education - from innovative programs such as MarcoPolo, which provides Web-based educational resources to help K-12 teachers prepare students for success in the 21st century, to basic literacy. In addition, they are addressing health and safety issues by fostering awareness and prevention of domestic violence in America, as well as using technology to make the Internet a safe place for children and families.
YMCA of Greater Boston Together, the nation's 2,594 YMCAs are the largest not-for-profit community service organization in America, working to meet the health and human service needs of 20.1 million men, women and children in 10,000 communities in the United States. YMCAs are at the heart of community life across the country: 42 million families and 72 million households are located within three miles of a YMCA. YMCA stands for Young Men's Christian Association, but don't misinterpret this to mean that YMCAs are only for "young, Christian men." From its start more than 150 years ago, when George Williams founded the YMCA as a substitute Bible study and prayer for life on the streets, the YMCA was unusual because it crossed the rigid lines that separated all the different churches and social classes in England in those days. This openness was a trait that would lead YMCAs to recognize their strength is in the people they bring together - Ys are for all people of all faiths, races, ages, abilities and incomes. YMCAs' financial assistance policies ensure that no one is turned away for reasons of inability to pay.