After School Programs

Steppingstone Foundation, The

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

The Steppingstone Foundation Admission Department 155 Federal Street, Suite 800 Boston, MA 02110

Phone: 

617-423-6300

Email: 
Website: 
Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

After school and Summers, Saturdays 9-2. Family Information Meetings are held at a Dorchester location in October, November and December. See website for more information.

Mission: 

To develop and implement programs which prepare urban schoolchildren for educational opportunities that lead to college.

Location

155 Federal Stree
Boston, MA 02110
United States
Key Partners: 

Our key partners are the Boston public, parochial and charter schools from which our students come, and the placement schools we work with, incuding the three Boston public exam schools and a number of independent schools in the area.

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

The Steppingstone Academy is a free, summer and after-school academic program that prepares motivated Boston schoolchildren who would not otherwise have the opportunity, to gain admission to and succeed at public exam and independent schools. The Steppingstone Academy offers 14 months and 26 months of tuition-free rigorous summer and after-school classes for current Boston schoolchildren in 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th grades. Families interested in applying attend a Family Information Meeting [held in October, November or December] - students are nominated by teachers, principals and community leaders [in 2009, due Friday, Dec. 4]

Key Programs Offered: 

Tutoring, mentoring, college counseling.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Child Care Project

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

Phone: 

(617) 825-6554 / Fax (617) 825-7862

Email: 

info@child1st.org

Website: 

http://child1st.org/

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

M-F: 9am-5pm

Mission: 

Provide innovative, practical, and innovative programs in a quality nurturing environment with an emphasis on promoting positive learning, social experiences, and most important, quality care for children (in a home setting).

Location

42 Charles St
Dorchester, MA 02122
United States
Key Partners: 

EEC, Department of Education Nutrition Program

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Key Programs Offered: 

Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

VIP Child Care Inc.

Phone: 

(617) 825-1880

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

M-F: 7:30am-5:30pm

Mission: 

To provide quality child care to residents of the greater Boston area.

Location

VIP Child Care Inc.
103 Clayton St
Dorchester, MA 02122
United States
Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Boston Public Library, Codman Square Branch

Phone: 

(617) 436-8214

Email: 
Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Mon & Thurs: 12pm-8pm, Tues & Weds: 10am-6pm, Fri & Sat: 9am-5pm

Location

BPL Codman Square Branch
690 Washington St
Dorchester, MA
United States
Key Partners: 
  • Dorchester-Franklin Field Community Learning Initiative

    Partnership with Perkins Community Center, Joseph Lee Elementary, Lee Academy Pilot School, DotWell

  • LiveWire Learning Community

    New initiative between Dorchester-Franklin Field Community Learning Initiative and FableVision Learning. Read more about this exciting new project here.

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

To register for a library card online, click here!

Key Programs Offered: 
  • Homework Assistance Program

    Free one-on-one homework help for students in grades K-8 from high-achieving high school mentors. Available at every BPL branch Monday-Thursday from 3:30-5:30PM.

  • Boston Teachers' Union Tutors

    Tutoring for students in all grades from BPS teachers. Days and times vary by location. Codman: Monday and Thursday 4-6PM.

  • Ongoing programs

    Tuesdays: 11am, Preschool Storytime: stories and activities
    Thursdays: 4pm, Chess Time: Every Thursday at 4 we will get out the library's new chess boards for kids to play chess with.
    Fridays: 10:30am, Preschool Storytime: Daycares and camps are welcome to an hour of stories & preschool-appropriate movies and TV shows from the library's collection. 3pm, Game Day: Ask at the desk for the board games - there will be a variety of board games for you to choose from. All are welcome!

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Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

Created: 
05/21/2010

DISTINCTIVE ASPECTS OF THE COLLECTION
The branch holds a very good reference collection on African-American history. There is a large Children's section of biographies as well as an excellent collection of material in large print format. We have a large urban fiction collection. Local History collection is for in-library use and cannot be borrowed. Additional copies, if found elsewhere in the library, may be available for borrowing. Codman Square has medium sized collections of Spanish and French language materials.

RECURRING PROGRAMMING OFFERED
Preschool Story hours, Toddler Tales, Chess and Movies programs are offered weekly for children.

SPECIAL PROGRAMMING OFFERED
Book readings by local authors and programs that respond to the community interests and hobbies. Summer reading programs are offered for children.

The Codman Square Branch is teamed with the Joseph Lee Elementary School and the Lee Academy Pilot School and the Perkins Community Center as part of Mayor Menino’s Community Learning Initiative, a multi-department collaboration aimed at helping Boston’s youth reach their full potential by coordinating learning and recreation throughout the day.

HISTORY
Opened in 1905 the branch was named for John Codman a local preacher and patriot. Originally housed at 6 Norfolk Street, the branch moved to its present location in 1978. The building was designed by Eco-Texture, Inc.

Cape Verdean Community UNIDO

Mission: 

CVC UNIDO promotes the power and the potential of the Cape Verdean community. We advocate for, inform, and organize our community to reach its cultural, social, and economic well-being.

CVC UNIDO’s mission is to outreach to, inform, and organize the Cape Verdean community around issues of self-empowerment and social and economic development while advocating for and accessing resources that meet the self-identified needs of the community. This mission is accomplished by a consortium of native Cape Verdean and Cape Verdean-American individuals and representatives of local organizations that serve the Cape Verdean community in Greater Boston through a series of different programs and activities that reach out to families and youth. Goals are to bring the Cape Verdean community together to develop our collective power and strategize solutions to current challenges; to create opportunities, and an environment, where youth and families can gain tools to empower themselves and the community; to improve family cohesion through developing nurturing and parenting skills; and to assure services delivered by local, municipal, and state agencies are coordinated and culturally competent.

Location

492 Dudley Street
Roxbury, MA 02119
United States
Key Partners: 

Bird Street Community Center, City of Boston, Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI), Log School, Settlement House, MassCosh, Northeastern University, St. Patricks Church, Upham's Corner Health Center

Key Programs Offered: 

Cape Verdean Providers, GOTCHA- Youth Employment Collaboration, Boston Cape Verdean Student Association Collaboration, Jorge Fidalgo Memorial Soccer Challenge, Youth Empowerment Project- Youth Leadership Development, “Boston… Connecting Cultures” Mural Project, Dudley Youth Council, College Bound, The World Is My City, Recreational Activities, Adult ESOL Classes, Citizenship Classes, Dorchester Occupational Health Initiative, Fuel Assistance & Information & Referral Family Fun Days, and VALOR (Values Affecting Learning Our Roots)- Family Support Program.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Greenwood Shalom Outreach Community, Inc.

Phone: 

(617) 282-1464

Fax: 

617-282-1573

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

M-F: 10am-6pm Sunday: 8am-6pm

Mission: 

The mission of Greenwood Shalom Outreach Community, Inc is to work with children, parents, and young adults within the community to guide them in achieving, to the fullest extent possible, their God-given potential. Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing environment where we will attend to the spiritual, educational, physical, and social needs of children, parents and young adults. We believe in working in partnership with parents and the community to better equip children, youth, and their families to become productive members of society and to encourage and support parents in their own personal growth and development.

Key Partners: 

Greenwood Memorial United Methodist Church

Key Programs Offered: 

Unlike some after-school programs, Greenwood Shalom moves well beyond simply homework assistance. Program participants are instructed in literacy and math skills based on Massachusetts' curriculum frameworks. Tutors teach components of the Children's Defense Fund's curriculum Freedom Schools. Further, they engage in "Harambee" gatherings, where community members entertain and inspire them. Monthly field trips are also important components to the children's after-school experience. To ensure the success of the program, Greenwood Shalom offers Parent Empowerment Seminars, advocates for children and their parents and teaches parents how to become more involved in their child's education. Recognizing the significance of studies on teacher-student ratios, Greenwood Shalom boasts a one-to-five staff-student ratio. This is accomplished through the use of high students as assistant tutors, volunteers from Sudbury United Methodist Church and Hearts for Boston. Greenwood's cultural sensitivity and our specialized work with children with special needs are a few of the key areas that set our after-school program apart from most others. For the 2005-6 school year, 30% of the children had disabilities. These children require a one-to-three (and sometimes one-to-one) staff-student ratio.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
11/30/2010

Richard J. Murphy K-8 School

Phone: 

(617) 635-8781

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

M-F: 8:30 am - 6:00 pm

Mission: 

The mission of the Richard J. Murphy School, through a shared effort of parents, staff and community, is to provide its students with the ability to become lifelong learners. Working in a nurturing, cooperative environment, we strive to develop the pursuit of excellence while recognizing and appreciating diverse needs and potentials. We believe that a sense of self-worth and appreciation of others will enhance the student's personal, social, and academic growth.

Location

1 Worrell Street
Dorchester, MA 02122
United States
Key Partners: 

Leahy-Holloran Community Center and
Boston Public Schools, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Wheelock Graduate School, Emmanuel College, Brandeis University, Boston Teacher Residency Program, Boston Society of Architects, Dot Art, New England Conservatory of Music, Stop and Shop, Children's Hospital

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Call to the school/enrollment of their children in the school.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

American Family Child Care Association

Phone: 

Hot Line: (617) 929-0555

Website: 
Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

M-F: 7:30am-6pm

Mission: 

We are an association of licensed family childcare programs in Massachusetts. Our mission is to improve work conditions for in-home Family Child Care Providers, to improve the quality of care for young children, and to advocate for and support families in our Commonwealth.

Family Childcare programs offer care for children ages 0-12, full time, part time, drop-in, before and after school, evenings and overnight, during summer and school vacations, as well as event care.

Location

American Family Child Care Association
33 Peacevale Road
Dorchester, MA 02124
United States
Key Partners: 

Boston Community Partnerships, National Association of Family Child Care, The Department of Early Education and Care, Center For Women; Enterprise, Boston High Risk Youth Network, American Family Child Care Cooperative

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Call (617) 929-0555 or visit us at www.myafcca.org.

Key Programs Offered: 
  • Hot Line: A referral line for parents to find a family childcare program anywhere in Massachusetts.
    There are over 8000 license programs with AFCCA. All program costs are on a sliding scale or accept vouchers or scholarships.

  • Advocacy and referrals for parents and family members looking for housing, employment, and other resources.
  • Advocacy and support for family childcare providers and employees
Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
12/02/2010

Dorchester Community Center for the Visual Arts (Dot Art)

Phone: 

617.905.7432

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Office: M-F, 10am - 5pm Program times vary

Mission: 

To make exemplary visual arts education available to everyone in Dorchester and surrounding neighborhoods.

Location

18 Samoset Street 3rd Floor
Dorchester, MA 02124
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Contact us! Stop by our office/gallery space Monday Through Friday, any time between 10am and 5pm. We offer classes and workshops year round, and seek to employ teachers for our programs who are from the Dorchester community.

Key Programs Offered: 

Community Classes, School Residencies, Public Art Programs, Events and Parades, Art Parties for Children and Adults. Classes offered with sliding scale pricing. See here for program and service specifics.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Leahy Holloran Community Center

Phone: 

(617) 635-5150

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

COMMUNITY CENTER HOURS OF OPERATION Monday — Thursday: 1:00 — 9:00 p.m. Friday: 1:00—10:00 p.m. Saturday: 9:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m. Teen Center Tues.—Thurs. 3:00 –8:45 PM Fri. 3:00—9:45 PM Sat. 10:00 AM—4:45 PM

Mission: 

The Leahy-Holloran Community Center is a non-profit organization. The center has been serving the Dorchester Community since October 1973. We serve Pre-Schoolers, children, teens, adults and the elderly. During the academic year we offer Pre-School/K1, childrens' after school activities, adult classes and a teen center. Some of the programs currently available are swimming lessons for adults and children, children’s drawing classes, adult computer classes, sewing lessons, line dancing, water aerobics, adult and children ceramic classes. The name of the Murphy Community Center was changed to the Leahy-Holloran Community Center in 2009.

Location

1 Worrell Street
Dorchester, MA 02122
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Download the membership application here. Family Membership Family Membership Cost: $20.00 Senior Discount: $10.00 Youth Membership - 12 -17 years: $10.00 All memberships follow the program year of September 1, 2010 - August 31, 2011. You must have a current LHCC Membership to register for any program/activity.

Key Programs Offered: 
Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

Also (or Previously) Known As...: 

Murphy Community Center

Created: 
02/03/2011
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