ESON & MSN Updates

November 2022

Hello Bridget,

It seems as though some of the dust has settled as we gradually move into November. Organizations and educators have a good idea of which young people they are serving in their programs, providers and staff have created a game plan and routine to help to maximize time in their spaces, and youth have begun to grow socially and emotionally in and outside of the classroom, Community Support has been ongoing along with resources being shared with the collective. 

In this newsletter, you will find various opportunities for you and your staff to engage with your OST peers in Professional Development spaces. We have also shared opportunities that children and families can take advantage of NOW, along with some CPS updates.

Annie & Shawn 

Photo courtesy of The Hive

The Hive provides free, hands-on learning opportunities to the Cambridge community, resources for personal projects, and serves as a hub for skill sharing and creative collaboration.

Keep reading to learn about our Joint Coworking Meetings taking place at The Hive!

Next Meeting Information

ESON & MSN Joint Network Meeting

Wednesday, November 2nd, from 10:00-11:30am on Zoom

Joint ESON & MSN Zoom Meeting Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 832 8664 1853

Passcode: 293828

Here’s what to expect during our November Meeting:

  • We will convene in our first joint (ESON & MSN) Network meeting of the year. During our time together there will be opportunities for participants to choose a breakout group of choice; ESON, MSN, or Joint.
  • We will hear stories from families on their experience within OST programs and what they believe can strengthen parent partnership.
  • We will discuss what Family Engagement looks like in our programs, identify underlying barriers, and review 4 Principles of Transformative Family Engagement, and more.

News & Events

Welcome Tyrique Kittrell, the new Youth Connector for ESON and MSN!

Tyrique will be connecting with youth and families and OST programs in efforts to create more access to high-quality out-of-school time programs:

“Hello everyone! My name is Tyrique Kittrell, and I will be working as the Youth Connector, a new position that has been added to the Agenda for Children team to better support the youth and families of Cambridge. I have worked in Boston and Brookline Public Schools and out-of-school time programs in Boston and Cambridge. I have also served in many roles for summer camps and leadership programs, including C5 New England, of which I am an alum. Working at these various institutions has led me to the Agenda, and I am so excited to be here! I hope to bring great community building and resourcefulness to this position as the Youth Connector. I look forward to getting to know the team and the community closely”.

ESON & MSN Blog Post & Updates

Did you miss our October Network meeting and want a copy of the slide deck, or more details on community announcements made by a network member? If so, visit AFCOST News & Events.

Click here to view our MSN and ESON Meetings: 2022-23 School Year

Check out our new After School Guide, 2022-23 (now one book for K-8) Make sure your site has one and can point families and young people to the right place to find opportunities beyond your program!

Joint Network Coworking Sessions

ESON & MSN are now hosting Joint Network Coworking Sessions. These sessions are laid back, informal, productive, & fun! Bring what you are working on, and do that with others in the network. We will have a very lightly facilitated space for folks to share what they're working on and anything they want to discuss with other folks.

Our first session will be Wednesday, November 16th, from 10:30-12:00pm at the Hive, in the Cambridge Public Library (main library) on Broadway. We will start off by taking a tour of the Hive before jumping into our session.

Opportunities & Announcements

AFCOST OSTLI (Out-of-School Time Learning Institute)

Youth Development workshops allow the OST practitioner to create a sound foundation of understanding of the development of young people in grades Kindergarten through 8th grade. The workshops cover principles of youth development and application of these principles in different contexts, enabling the OST practitioner to create effective, engaging, and nurturing age-appropriate OST programs.

Both of the following options are Introductory Level:

Youth Development: K-5

In this recorded workshop, facilitated by Melinda Barbosa, participants will receive an overview of aspects of youth development that most impact Out-of-School-Time.

Youth Development: Middle Years

In this recorded workshop, facilitated by Melina O'Grady, we will explore aspects of youth development that most impact our Out-of-School Time field. 

Visit OSTL Institute for more information on workshops and registration link.

The STEAM Initiative and the Cambridge Office of Early Childhood are collaborating for their 2nd annual

4-session STEAM in the Early Childhood Classroom Workshop Series. Workshops are targeted at educators and OST providers working with 3-6 year-olds in classroom settings and after school programs. 

You can learn more about the STEAM in Early Childhood Classroom workshops at ESON News Updates.

Opportunities for Young People & Families

PK-5th Grade

Cambridge Public School 3-Year Old Lottery

Cambridge Public Schools offers three programs for children as young as age 3. Birth Date: April 1, 2019 - August 31, 2020

Families are encouraged to apply online between October 3rd-31st. If you need to submit a paper application, please reach out to make an appointment: 617-349-6551,

DHSP Preschool Lottery

DHSP will be accepting applications throughout the month of October for enrollment for September 2023. The lottery is open to all Cambridge residents who were born between 4/1/19-12/5/20. Families can now access live applications.

The Bob Moses MathTrail is now up and running!

The Bob Moses MathTrail is a mile-long path in The Port neighborhood that begins at Sennott Park on Broadway and stretches many streets in between. The goal of the Bob Moses MathTrail is to encourage Cambridge residents, especially children and families, to find the fun in math and explore math in the world around them.

You can learn more about the Bob Moses MathTrain at ESON News Updates.

6th-8th Grade

The Design Lab

The Design Lab (aka the Community dLab) will be in motion again this year! If you're interested in potentially participating, please complete this inquiry form, RSVP for the Let's Dream What's Possible workshop which will be held on November 9th, or enroll in a course. Feel free to share with students, educators, families, and community members you think might be interested.

Friday Night Hype

Friday Night Hype is BACK!

Friday, October 28th 6:00-9:00pm

CRLS War Memorial Field House, 1640 Cambridge St.

Friday Night Hype is a mentor program created by educators at the Cambridge Public Schools serving 1250 students in grades 6-8. Friday Night Hype offers programming to all middle school-age Cambridge residents, including kids who attend charter schools. 

Click here to learn more about Friday Night Hype.

All Grades

Cambridge Youth Flag Football League 

Do you know a child that would like to play or learn how to play Flag Football? If so, the Cambridge Youth Flag Football League is for you!

If you know a child who is in need of a scholarship, please contact Shawn at See the flyer for time slots.

You can learn more about Cambridge Youth Flag Football at ESON News Updates.

Cambridge Youth Soccer

There's still time to sign up on one of their inclusive and fun teams, playing games on Sundays at Danehy Park. See flyer for more info!

Tutoring Plus

Click here to access a bunch of different options for registration materials. Spread the word to families!

Soca Fusion

Soca Fusion is now offering 3 different classes on Sundays starting October 30th, from 3:15-5:00pm for young people ages 3 yrs old and up.

You can learn more about Soca Sundays at ESON News Updates.

CPS Updates

i-Ready Personalized Instruction Launching in November

What is i-Ready Personalized Instruction?

  • Program for 3rd-8th grade students to advance their reading and math skills beyond the school day
  • Customizes lessons to improve and accelerate reading and math skills, whether students are performing below, on, or above grade level
  • Lessons accessible at home, during after school programs, when absent, and during school closures. 
  • Virtual Caregiver Onboarding Sessions:
  • Wednesday, November 2nd, 6-7pm and 7:15-8:15pm
  • Recordings will be available for those who are unable to attend.

Visit i-Ready Central Site for more resources to help you support students and families

The Middle School Network (MSN) and Elementary Out-of-School Time Network (ESON) are programs of the Agenda for Children Out-of-School Time that aim to ensure equitable access and engagement of elementary and middle school youth in out-of-school time experiences in Cambridge. Agenda for Children Out-of School Time is a citywide intermediary situated in both the City’s Human Services and School Departments.

Shawn Proctor

ESON Coordinator

Cambridge Public Schools & Agenda for Children OST

Annie Leavitt

MSN Coordinator

Cambridge Public Schools & Agenda for Children OST

View the MSN/ESON Meeting Dates and Schedule for this Year

Check our Events Calendar for all other professional development opportunities

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