Cambridge Out-of-School Time Coalition
A coalition of out-of-school time programs working to improve outcomes for Cambridge children and youth.
At our February Meeting of the Cambridge OST Coalition, we welcomed new members of our community, shared challenges and strategies related to staff recruitment and retention, and discussed a recent blog post published by the National Afterschool Association which focused on how we B.U.I.LD. our respective teams.
Khari Milner moderated an inspiring panel of Black OST Leaders who shared their perspectives, wisdom and approach to leading for equity and healing. You can access the video here.
We introduced Chaylin Johnson, the newly hired OST Learning Institute Coordinator for the Agenda for Children OST and reminded our leaders about the upcoming opportunity to engage at the OST Symposium and hear from our Keynote Speaker, Shawn Ginwright of the Flourish Agenda.
We referenced a recent brief about the national OST workforce shortage published by the Afterschool Alliance.
We reviewed information about the Cambridge OST Workforce (June 2020) and 5 year trends (2016-2021) in participation in the AFCOST Professional Development System. We discussed our collective leadership role in improving professional development opportunities for our sector.
You can see the slides here and listen to our AFCOST Black History Playlist.
Finally, Michelle Farnum spoke briefly about an upcoming Cambridge OST Capacity Study, which we will be undertaking as a community. Stay tuned for more information prior to and at our next OST Coalition meeting in June.
At our September 2021 Cambridge OST Coalition Meeting, Khari also shared his reflections and acknowledged the many significant contributions of Dr. Bob Moses, activist, educator, beloved husband, father, mentor, founder of the Algebra Project, who recently joined the ancestors.
We encourage you to read his last OpEd "Returning to ‘Normal’ in Education is Not Good Enough" and learn more as we commit to continuing his work dismantling the caste system and ensuring that our children have access to equitable education and full constitutional rights.
We also had an opportunity to re-connect with colleagues and share reflections and learnings from the past year. We had an opportunity to engage in some Freedom Dreaming about the future of OST in Cambridge and to meet and hear from Dr. Victoria Greer, our interim Superintendent of Cambridge Public Schools.
We shared the Building Forward Together Conversation Guide published by the Forum for Youth Investment, and other partners. Here is a link to the slide deck for the meeting.
Signed CPS Partner MOUs should be returned to Khari at firstname.lastname@example.org by 9/8/21.
If you have any questions or concerns please email or call Khari (617-349-6553(o), 617-874-6787 (c)
If you missed it, please share this recording of a training hosted by the Cambridge Public Schools to share key safety procedures in the out-of-school hours.
Slide deck from 8.31.21 Training session
8.31.21 COVID Procedure Training - CPS Partners Q&A
SY 21-22 CPS Partner MOU
This MOU should be completed and signed by organizations with programs and/or programming that:
a) Take place in a CPS building.
b) Receive CPS students who ride CPS buses to your programs after school.
In March, leaders of the Cambridge OST Community convened to actively engage other OST leaders in small group discussions. Leaders shared what we've learned this year; heard about the ways we supported and emphasized family engagement; supported equity across OST and our community, explored reflections, and learnings from national OST research. Here is the link to the slide deck.
In the recording above, Debbie Bonilla, Puerto Rican mom, grandmother, and CPSD Family Engagement Specialist, shares her experience engaging families in ways that are anti-racist and inclusive.
Shawn Proctor, Elementary School OST Network Coordinator, tells us about the parent advisory group he has convened to ensure that high quality OST programs are accessible to our Elementary School children.
On August 26th, OST Programs met with Dr. Salim to share data about Fall 2020 Planning and ask some pressing questions. For programs who wish to access the CPS Community Partners Portal, please get in touch with Khari Milner at email@example.com to learn about the process and get started.
Use this link to view a letter outlining next steps and how to submit a request for a portal account for your organization.
This portal, the result of hours of partnership talks, technology fixes and beta tests with CPS district folks, is now available for use. The short version of this is that the portal will:
Click here for a link to the CPS Community Portal User Guide
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On July 30, 2020, approximately 60 members of the Cambridge OST Community met with Cambridge Public Schools leaders to share what we are learning about summer programs and to learn more about the status of planning for re-opening schools. Here is a link to the presentation slides.
The presentation included a subset of slides from a June 2020 report of OST Organization Program Profile Data from a survey representing nearly 50 OST Programs. Here is the link to the more complete set of slides.
Check back here as we will be posting questions and answers from the break out groups. More to come.
Thank you to those OST Providers who joined the meeting with CPSD Administrators on April 30th. As requested, here are the detailed summary notes and links to presentation slides and next steps, click here. For those who were not able to attend, the Zoom Meeting was recorded and we have posted the video here.
During this time of uncertainty, we are excited to leverage our relationships and partner strategically to coordinate and collaborate to better serve our children, youth, and families.
Afterworks at St. Peter's Episcopal Church
Agassiz-Baldwin Community Center
Amigos-Cambridgeport Community School
Benjamin Banneker Charter School Extended Enrichment Program
Beyond the 4th Wall
Boston Vineyard Soccer Nights
Breakthrough Greater Boston
Cambridge Camping Association
Cambridge Community Center
Cambridge Police Department - Safety Net Collaborative
Cambridge Public Library
Cambridge Public School Department - Health and Physical Education
Cambridge Public School Department - Visual and Performing Arts
Cambridge Public School Department - Media Arts Studio
Cambridge School Volunteers
Cambridge Street Upper School
Cambridge Youth Hockey
Cambridge Youth Soccer
Community Art Center
Community Rowing, Inc
Deborah Mason School of Dance
Dragonfly Afterschool Program
East End House
Elm Street Community School
Fitzgerald Community School
Fletcher Maynard After-School
Fletcher Maynard Community School
Frisoli Youth Center
Gately Youth Center
Haggerty Community School
Harrington Community School
Kennedy Community School
King K-2 After-School
King 2-5 After-School
King Open Extended Day
Linnaean Community School
Longfellow Community School
Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House
Maud Morgan Arts
Mayor's Summer Youth Employment Program
Middle School Activities Club
MIT/Wellesley Upward Bound Program
MLK Jr. Community School
Moore Youth Center
Morse K-2 After-School
Morse 2-5 After-School
Morse Community School
Moses Youth Center
Peabody K-2 After-School
Peabody 2-5 After-School
Phillips Brooks House Association
The Possible Project
Putnam Avenue Upper School
RAY (Reaching All Youth)
Rindge Avenue Upper School
Rumba y Timbal
Russell Youth Center
Science Club for Girls
School of Groove
Strong Women, Strong Girls
Title IX Girls
Tobin Community School
Tutoring Plus of Cambridge
Vassal Lane Upper School
War Memorial Recreation Center
The Young People's Project
YMCA of Cambridge