Maryland Companies Can Be a Powerful Voice for After School Programs Across the State
Afterschool programs keep kids safe, inspire them to learn and help working families.
Become a MY3PM Business Partner
Support the Wellness and Quality of Maryland's Workforce for Today & Tomorrow
MY3PM Business Partners - business owners and executives - are key to our effort to engage state and local policy makers, advocating for why and how these programs help make Maryland a better place to live and work. Make a commitment as a business partner to amplify the overall effort of the MY3PM campaign
- Serve as an official MOST Ambassador among the business and legislative communities
- Add your brand to the list of supporting companies presented to policy makers and to the public at large.
After school programs benefit parents while at work when the final school bell rings
- Reduce anxiety during the hours after school, typically between 3:00p.m. and 6:00p.m.
- Reduce distracting phone calls and texts from unsupervised children
- Contribute to increased employee engagement, productivity and wellness
Quality after school programs excite children for learning, spark their curiosity, and connect school-day lessons with their everyday lives. They have the capacity to strengthen students' engagement in school and help them set higher educational aspirations for themselves - and build 21st-century skills they will ultimately need to succeed in tomorrow’s workforce.
Maryland can do better for youth and families
Unfortunately, Maryland hasn't done enough to ensure there are enough after school programs available and accessible for the children and families who need them most.
Just 16% of Maryland K-12 students have access to after school programs, while another 280,319 young people would participate if a program were available.
State funding was cut in 2009 resulting in fewer after school programs and a loss of opportunities for youth. Overall, Maryland ranks in the bottom 10 states nationwide in the number of after school programs offered...READ article
Over the past decade, existing after school programs in Maryland have become increasingly sophisticated — integrating STEM and the Arts — and parents' satisfaction with after school programs is at an all-time high:
- 64% agree that after school programs help give working parents peace of mind about their children when they are at work.
- 69% agree that after school programs help parents keep their jobs.
- 87% of Maryland’s parents say they are satisfied with their child’s after school program.
What is MY3PM?
Maryland Youth at 3PM (MY3PM) is a public-facing campaign initiated by MOST Network calling attention to the unmet demand for more and better after school programs from 3p.m. to 6p.m., among business owners, executives and working parents across Maryland.
Who is MOST Network?
Maryland Out of School Time Network (MOST) is a non-profit statewide youth development organization, dedicated to bringing more and better opportunities in the out of school hours to all of Maryland's young people. MOST is one of 50 statewide afterschool networks made possible by the generous support of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and local matching investment. MOST's goals include:
- Create a sustainable structure of statewide, regional and local partnerships, particularly school community partnerships, focused on supporting policy development at all levels.
- Support the development and growth of statewide policies that will secure the resources that are needed to sustain new and existing school-based/school-linked after school programs.
- Support statewide systems to ensure programs are of high quality.
- Build a systemic infrastructure statewide (sySTEM) that increases access to high quality STEM programs in the out-of-school hours for students under-represented in STEM higher education programs and careers.
- Combat childhood obesity, childhood hunger and other chronic health problems through a broad based campaign to support out-of-school time (OST) programs in adopting and implementing national best practices around food access, increased physical activity and nutrition education.