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Afterschool Progress Report and Consumer Guide: Massachusetts

How Massachusetts is Helping to Keep the Lights on After School


Much More Work to Be Done

More Effort Necessary Despite Some Progress

Making Progress Yet Considerable Work Still to Be Done

Despite Unmet Need, Showing Great Progress

Leading State for Afterschool with Room to Grow

Methodological Note:

The 2011 State-by-State Progress Reports and Consumer Guides are sponsored by jcpenney. Scores for the Progress Reports were devised using a range of factors falling under three major categories: Growth in Afterschool Participation, Developments in State Afterschool Policy and Funding and Advance-ments in State Afterschool Leadership.Read more.

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Afterschool Alliance

Afterschool in Massachusetts

Massachusetts is one of only a handful of states to see afterschool participation increase by 7 percent between 2004 and 2009; no state had a larger increase. Though tempered by an alarming 5 percent increase in self-care, Massachusetts is nonetheless making progress. In addition to its 18 percent afterschool participation rate, the state also boasts high overall program satisfaction and is leading the nation in terms of program availability. With several policy initiatives currently in motion, hopefully state leaders will continue to propel Massachusetts forward and ensure that all children have access to quality afterschool opportunities.

Growth in Afterschool Participation

For more on afterschool availability in Massachusetts check out Massachusetts After 3PM.




Percentage of Kids in Afterschool Programs



Percentage of Kids in Self Care



Percentage of Parents Extremely/Somewhat Satisfied with Afterschool Program



Percentage of Kids Who Would Participate if an Afterschool Program were Available



Percentage of Kids in Summer Learning Programs



Based on the FY2011 funding level and an average per student cost of $1000, 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) can serve 16,514 students in Massachusetts. However, that is only a small fraction of the 308,315 kids in Massachusetts who are eligible to participate in a 21st CCLC program, if more funding were available.

Developments in State Afterschool Policy and Funding

For an explanation of specific policy activities in Massachusetts check out "State Policy and Funding" on the Afterschool in Massachusetts webpage.

  • State Offices Administering 21st Century Community Learning Center and Child Care Development Fund Federal Grants
  • Current Law that Directly Supports Afterschool Programs
  • State Level Councils, Studies, Pilots or Legislative Activity Intended to Advance Afterschool
  • Current State Funding for Afterschool Programming
  • An Initiative Promoting Quality Afterschool Programming

"All the data tell us that afterschool programs are critically important to success in school, but the state and federal governments are poised to walk away from our kids, just at the time when we are beginning to understand how important these programs are."

- Mayor Thomas Menino, City of Boston

Advancements in Afterschool Leadership

To see more partners leading the fight for afterschool in Massachusetts check out Afterschool for All.

  • Governor Proclamation Supporting Lights On Afterschool in 2010
  • Statewide Afterschool Network
  • Governor's/State Agency Taskforce
  • A Member of the U.S. House of Representatives in the House Afterschool Caucus
  • A Member of the U.S. Senate in the Senate Afterschool Caucus

Afterschool Champions

  • State Senator Thomas McGee
  • State Senator Katherine Clark
  • State Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz
  • State Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo

State Network

Massachusetts Afterschool Partnership
128A Tremont Street, Suite 4F
Boston, MA 02108

Afterschool Caucus Member(s):

Rep. Stephen Lynch

Rep. Jim McGovern

Rep. Richard Neal

Sen. John Kerry

Consumer Guide: Massachusetts

For many adults in America, thinking about the hours after the school day ends conjures up memories of doing homework, playing pick-up basketball, taking guitar or dance lessons or going home to Mom and a snack. But for millions of children today, those images are nothing like their reality. In fact, each day in America, more than 15 million children—some as young as 5 years old—are without supervision at home or on the streets.

The Afterschool Alliance has a host of resources that can help ensure that your child can enjoy the safe environment and proven academic and social gains that afterschool programs can afford.

What You Can Do to Support Afterschool in Your State:

Donate: The store's pennies from heaven campaign allows jcpenney shoppers to roundup their purchases to the nearest whole dollar, donating the difference to support afterschool efforts. In 2010, $76,567 was donated through jcpenney’s pennies from heaven campaign in Massachusetts.

Join the Afterschool Alliance's Lights On Afterschool celebration. More than 71 programs in Massachusetts participated in Lights On Afterschool in 2011. Check out Lights On Afterschool to find out how to become involved and see which programs are participating in your area.

Sign On: Currently, 187 people in Massachusetts have signed the Afterschool Alliance petition to preserve funding for afterschool programs. Join them to promote afterschool for all.

Write to your Members of Congress and tell them why afterschool is a crucial resource to the children in your community.