Maryland

Maryland Out of School Time Network

The Maryland Out of School Time Network (MOST) is comprised of community members and groups campaigning for expanded funding, more effective policies and increased program quality to ensure all young people in Maryland have access to activities in the out-of-school time (OST) hours that enable them to achieve in all stages of their development.

Accomplishments: 
  • Worked with the Governor’s Office for Children and the Maryland Afterschool and Summer Opportunity Fund Advisory board to produce the Maryland After-School and Summer Opportunity Fund 2014 Comprehensive Plan and Recommendations and distributed those recommendations to the legislature, cabinet and Governor’s office. 
  • Baltimore City received a $4.2 million increase in the investment in the Community School/Out of School time dollars. The funding is intended to bolster the ability of community-based organizations to offer support and administer grants to youth-related causes; add six schools to the afterschool program of the Baltimore City Community Schools Initiative; and support the Family League of Baltimore in investing in afterschool and summer programs for K-12 students in underserved communities.

  • Launched an afterschool programs map on our updated website, with over 1000 afterschool programs represented around the state.
  • Provided coordination for SummerREADS, an innovative 7 week, k-3 literacy and STEM focused summer program at 6 public school libraries in Baltimore City.  
  • Researched and published in-depth landscape of Baltimore area STEM education opportunities.
  • Expanded Healthy Behaviors Initiative in partnership with Alliance for Healthier Generation.
Current Projects and Initiatives: 
MOST has embarked on a number of initiatives designed to strengthen the quality of programs and forward innovation in the field, including:
 
  • AmeriCorps VISTA - MOST serves as a state-wide intermediary for AmeriCorps VISTA projects related to afterschool and summer programs. 
  • Digital Badges - Making the learning that happens in OST programs visible and recognized through virtual micro-credentials.
  • Emerging Leaders - Facilitating a Leadership Development program for individuals who work with older youth in Baltimore City.
  • Healthy Behaviors - Encouraging OST Programs to build healthy environments and incorporate best practices in physical education, food access and nutrition education.
  • Afterschool and Summer Meals - MOST conducts outreach to encourage participation in Federal nutrition programs for youth.
  • Inclusion - Supporting access to OST programs for ALL of Maryland's young people.
  • Literacy - Connecting afterschool and summer programs to efforts to promote literacy and grade-level reading. MOST co-chairs the Expanded Learning Opportunities Workgroup of the Baltimore Grade Level Reading Campaign.
  • STEM - Providing systemic support to OST programs to incorporate high quality STEM learning.
  • Maryland Regional Technovation Challenge - An all-girls STEM/Entrepreneurship competition.
  • Zero Robotics - Learn more about this STEM challenge that's truly out of this world.
  • Youth Program Quality Assessment - Supporting continuous program quality improvement.