Message From Co-Chairs

Children and youth across the Commonwealth need our help and support to become caring and productive members of our society. As Co-Chairs of this Special Commission, we welcome your input as we work together with our 36 members to craft recommendations on how best to support the healthy development of children and youth when they are in and out of school. In addition to the Commission meetings about this critical issue, we intend to hold at least nine public hearings across the Commonwealth. We are aware that not everyone will be able to attend and and invite you to use this blog to communicate with us about your issues and concerns. We look forward to your comments.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Special Commission Announces Cape and Islands Hearing Location

The Massachusetts Special Commission on After School and Out of School Time will be holding their seventh public hearing on Tuesday, September 11 from 5 PM - 8 PM at the:

Barnstable Town Council Chambers
Barnstable Town Hall
367 Main Street, Hyannis, MA

Please follow these directions to get there:

Take the Mid-Cape (Route 6) East to Exit 6 (Route 132/Iyannough Road). Take a right off the exit, and take Route 132/Iyannough Road approximately three miles to the Airport Rotary. Enter the rotary, and take your second right off the rotary onto Barnstable Road. Take Barnstable Road, approximately one mile to Main Street. Take a right onto Main Street, and go approximately one half mile to Pearl Street. Take a left onto Pearl Street, and then the first left onto South Street. The Town Hall parking lot will come up shortly on your left.

Here is a link to a map that shows the location of Town Hall.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Special Commission Issues Report on Its Progress

The Massachusetts Special Commission on After School and Out of School Time has issued a report last Friday on its progress to-date. The report, which can be found on the Special Commission's website reveals the Special Commission's accomplishments. At this point, the Special Commission has:

*Held two full Special Commission meetings
*Presided over 6 public hearings
*Toured 5 diverse afterschool programs
*Convened the 3 Special Commission's Work Groups
*Launched the Special Commission's web site and blog

In the next four months the Special Commission will:

*Publish 8 Issue Briefs by Labor Day
*Preside over 4 public hearings in September
*Tour 4 diverse afterschool programs in September
*Hold at least two Special Commission meetings
*Continue to convene the Special Commission's Work Groups
*Draft and finalize the Special Commission's report

Nearly 250 people attended six public hearings so far in Springfield, Pittsfield, Worcester, Framingham, Quincy and Dartmouth with 66% of those who have testified on this important issue. Extensive media coverage of the Special Commission's work has also occurred.

For more information or questions about the Special Commission's Progress Report, please contact Debra McLaughlin, Consultant to the Special Commission at

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Special Commission Revises Public Hearing Schedule

The Massachusetts Special Commission has revised its public hearing schedule for September 2007. The public hearings will be held from 5 PM to 8 PM in each location and will now occur on:

September 11, 2007 - Cape and Islands (location TBD)

September 18, 2007 - Merrimack Valley (location TBD)

September 20, 2007 - Lynn (location TBD)

September 25, 2007 - Boston (location TBD)

Hearing locations will be forthcoming.