envisions a future in which all families have access to a rich network
of out-of-school time opportunities that challenge, reward, and inspire
children and youth. Mission: To enhance the quality and increase the capacity of the out-of-school time field.
Building the Field of Programs for Children and Youth BOSTnet is
widely recognized as a pioneer in Boston, as well as the nation, for organizing after
school programs through leadership in system building projects such as the
national Making the Most of Out-of-School Time (MOST) initiative.
Increasing Access to Programs for Children and Youth Throughout the 1990's, BOSTnet was an active leader in coalitions that advocated for increased public and private resources to support program opportunities for children and youth. Key victories include the BOSTnet-led ACE Campaign, which added more than $83 million to the state budget for childcare subsidies to low-income families over three years starting in the Fiscal Year 2000 cycle.
Improving Program Quality, Promoting Access for Children with Disabilities BOSTnet focuses on quality improvement, developing innovative long-term initiatives that address quality enhancements in programs, whether improving space, fostering environments that promote positive behavior, improving learning, or improving program and organizational capacity. Through our 8-year Lead to Opportunities for Youth with Disabilities (LOYD) initiative, BOSTnet has a special interest in increasing access for quality improvements for teaching children with disabilities.
Currently, BOSTnet has three main areas of
focus in out-of-school time: Building After School Educator Skills and
Careers Improving Program Quality and Access Building a Rich Network of OST Programs