Department of Extended Learning Time, Afterschool, and Services
Since August 2000, the Boston Public Schools (BPS) has dedicated full-time staff to providing students with productive, enriching out-of-school time (OST) experiences. From within the Office of Curriculum and Instructional Practices, this team helped schools start and improve their afterschool programs, served as a liaison to community agencies seeking to work with schools, supported the link between what happens in the classroom and what happens during OST, and managed the BPS involvement in the OST sector.
In January 2006, these efforts culminated in the formation of a new BPS department; the Department of Extended Learning Time, Afterschool, and Services (DELTAS). The mission of DELTAS is to ensure that every student in the Boston Public Schools has access to quality out-of-school time activities and extended services. DELTAS helps remove barriers to learning and promotes well-rounded, successful students through collaborations with community agencies, health organizations, higher education institutions, families, and other government agencies.