Kids' best memories happen outside of school. Their best learning can too.

We provide resources and professional development to 500+ programs that educate children outside of school.

Out-of-school time environments including early care, after schools, and summer programs are a vital pathway for intentional & organic social, emotional, and academic development. It's a key opportunity to best use available resources to make an efficient impact on programs serving high-need children.

BOSTnet’s mission is to systematically enhance the quality, and increase the capacity of the 11,000+ out-of-school time (OST) programs in Massachusetts. We work with the OST network to discover what makes programs great and leverage today’s technology to create data-driven outcomes and results for the field.

Child learning and development doesn't stop when school ends. Our investment shouldn't either.

We believe that the most efficient and effective way to make a difference in successful child outcomes is through our out-of-school time (OST) programs.

Unfortunately, these programs and those who work there receive limited resources, especially programs serving high-need children. Resources in the OST field in Massachusetts and across the country are typically focused on (A) professional development for educators working in OST, and (B) creating quality learning environments for children at these programs.

BOSTnet is proud to be the leader in OST in both professional development resources and quality improvement supports through our online & in-person learning, coaching, curricula and directors' round tables. We've served thousands of OST programs across the state over the 28 years we have been serving the field. Recently, our focus has shifted to leveraging today's technology to capture and share the best OST practices with the field, and build a system of data collection and analysis.

  • The average wage in OST in Massachusetts is $12.45 an hour with 25% making $9.80 an hour or less (BLS, 2014)
  • Staff turnover at after schools is 40% or more annually according to most workforce studies
  • 61% of economically disadvantaged third graders in Mass. score 'Needs Improvement' or worse in English Language Arts (MCAS, 2015)

Summer Learning Collaborative

In partnership with the United Way of Mass. Bay and Merrimack Valley we work to improve literacy outcomes for low-income children at 25 summer programs each summer and throughout the year. Over the past 3 years, 82% of children have avoided typically summer learning slide in literacy and starting summer literacy scores at programs have risen by 14%. Now, we're working to develop the community online and empower the best programs to be leaders in a model that can scale across Massachusetts.

Professional Development

We serve OST programs in a variety of professional development formats that meet EEC standards: in person training, leadership round tables, and online courses. As the top provider of online courses we are exploring strategies to engage distance learners more effectively and create effective communities electronically.

Find BOSTnet professional development here


Our Team

Maryellen Coffey
Maryellen Coffey
Executive Director (
Maryellen Coffey has been the Executive Director of BOSTnet since 2001. She serves on the advisory board of the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care and is a member of the Workforce Development Task Force. She also is a member of the Children’s Investment Fund Facilities Advisory Committee, the T.E.A.C.H (Teacher Education and Compensation Helps) and UMass Early Childcare Advisory. Maryellen’s work over the past twenty years has been in non-profit management.
Allison Wootan
Allison Wootan
Project Director (
Allison joined BOSTnet in 2015 with the goal of helping out of school time programs be outcome focused and mission driven. She develops and delivers trainings for all levels of OST staff, provides coaching through the Regional Educator Provider Support system, and works to ensure successful implementation of the Summer Learning Collaborative. Allison has a degree in Nonprofit Management from Indiana University. Prior to coming to BOSTnet she worked as a Site Director for Boys and Girls Clubs, managing the after school program and summer camp.
Todd Coffey
Todd Coffey
Director of Strategy & Evaluation (
Todd is passionate about building systems to sharing the voices of out-of-school professionals. He worked as a summer camp counselor in high school, and then as a corporate strategy and financial consultant at Ernst & Young, and in the analytics group at the ecommerce company Gemvara. He’s also into basketball, tea, Notre Dame football, and R.
Amy Flynn
Amy Flynn
Special Projects Manager (
Prior to joining the BOSTnet team Amy consulted for a variety of Boston-based organizations such as Boston Public Schools, More Than Words, the Disability Rights Fund and BOSTnet. She has spent most of her career working with youth – first as a Program Director at Girls Incorporated of New Hampshire and later as a high school Creative Writing and AP English teacher for the public school system in Miami, Florida. Consequently, she is passionate about improving student outcomes and ensuring educational equity for students of all backgrounds. A native of New Hampshire, Amy graduated from Stonehill College in Easton, MA with a BA in English and Secondary Education. She will complete her MBA in Public and Nonprofit at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business in May of 2016.
Andrea Graveline
Andrea Graveline
Controller (
Andrea Graveline has been with BOSTnet since 2007. She is a graduate of Bentley University’s Graduate School of Accountancy and interned at the State House under Governor Edward King in the Office of Community Services. Ms. Graveline received her undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is a member of the Non-Profit Financial Managers and is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Boston, Inc.


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