Massachusetts Afterschool Partnership

The Massachusetts Afterschool Partnership (MAP) works to ensure every child in Massachusetts has equal access to high-quality out-of-school time programming after school, before school and during the summer months. Established in 2003, MAP is the only statewide 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in Massachusetts dedicated to expanding afterschool and extended learning opportunities for school-age children, youth, families and communities.

Current Projects and Initiatives: 
  • MAP invests in research on afterschool and summer best practices, current events, and data to support the success of afterschool. In 2017, MAP released the STEM in Afterschool issue brief, which looks at a 11 state study showing the positive impact of informal STEM programs. The data was collected through the experts at PEAR, Harvard-based research group. The results are clear: afterschool STEM programs help children and youth succeed by increasing their interests in subject areas and giving them the confidence needed to pursue those subjects in high school and beyond.
  • MAP's catalog of Afterschool and Out of School Time training is growing with new and exciting professional development opportunities to enhance programs. MAP custom designs trainings for programs. MTAC, the Technical Assistance division of MAP, emerged out of a growing statewide need for informed, effective technical assistance and professional development in the afterschool and out-of-school time field. In the past year, over 1,200 educators attended MTAC trainings and conventions, including staff from afterschool, summer, and school-based programs, and school district OST and in-school personnel.
  • MAP educates state policymakers on the critical importance of afterschool programs and seeks greater investment of state funding for afterschool. MAP supports a wide range of legislation and budget line items that improve increase access and improve quality for school-age youth, including the ASOST-Q Grant.