Maryland Out of School Time



Celebrate the 19th annual Lights On Afterschool Oct. 25, 2018!

Launched in October 2000, Lights On Afterschool is the only nationwide event celebrating afterschool programs and their important role in the lives of children, families and communities. The effort has become a hallmark of the afterschool movement and generates media coverage across the country each year.  Maryland's Governor Larry Hogan has officially declared October 25, 2018 Lights On Afterschool day in Maryland. 


The Afterschool Alliance organizes Lights On Afterschool to draw attention to the many ways afterschool programs support students by offering them opportunities to learn new things and discover new skills. The events send a powerful message that millions more kids need quality afterschool programs.


To explore a full list of the Lights On Afterschool events taking place around the state of Maryland, visit the Afterschool Alliance website:


 This year the Baltimore Ravens and the Maryland Stadium Authority are showing their support for afterschool programs!





MOST Network with support from the Afterschool Alliance has provided 16 programs around the state to host Lights On Afterschool events with $500 mini-grants to help elevate their events to reach more community members and encourage programs to document and share their stories. Many of the grantees will shine a spotlight on student achievements and provide an opportunity for community building with parents, students and program staff:


Banneker Douglass Museum

October 25, 4-6 pm

84 Franklin Street

Annapolis, MD 21401

A Read Aloud program will bring children and families together to engage in activities that promote literacy, cultural experiences, and historic preservation.


Beacon House Steam Works

October 25, 3pm-6pm


22 N. Mulberry Street

Hagerstown, MD 21740


Beacon House will host a Lights On event at their Family Learning Center and offer STEAM activities to take part in.


Cecil Elementary Afterschool Program

October 25, 3-5 pm

Cecil Elementary School

2000 Cecil Ave. Baltimore, MD 21218


Youth will showcase their most recent projects and all attendees will engage in a Lights On STEM experiment and art project. Refreshments will be served.


Child First at Hilton Elementary

October 25, 4-7pm

Hilton Elementary School

3301 Carlisle Ave

Baltimore, MD 21216


Child First will host a glow in the dark festival, with snacks and possibly lite fare, and invite a local storyteller/performer to entertain. 


Excellence & Ambition, Inc.

October 25, 3-7pm

Sisters Saving the City

4236 Pimlico Rd

Baltimore MD, 21215


Excellence and Ambition will use the mini-grant to enhance their Fall Festival event for Lights On Afterschool with a pumpkin decorating station and recipes for trail mix and flavored apple ciders.


Healthy Solutions

October 25, 2018, 2- 5:30 p.m.

Longfields Elementary School

3300 Newkirk Ave

District Heights, MD 20747


Healthy Solutions will host a “Bright Ideas Event” with interactive stations and activities.  

 The event will culminate with a dance party that will be led by trained break-dancers.


Joe's Movement Emporium

October 25, 4 - 7 pm

Joe's Movement Emporium

3309 Bunker Hill Road

Mount Rainier, MD 20712

RSVP link:


Club Joes will host an Open House event with a performance and family-oriented activity plus advocacy video and hand-outs. 


Koinonia Baptist Church-Project Safe Haven

October 25, 4-7 pm

Koinonia Baptist Church

5738 Belair Road

Baltimore, MD 21206


Funding will be used to include outdoor movies for children and families in the BEL-HAR/GLEN-HAM communities along with a fall cookout and giveaways to children participating. 


Living Classrooms UA House at Fayette

October 25, 5:30pm

UA House at Fayette

1100 E Fayette St.

Baltimore, MD 21202


Living Classrooms will invite young people and parents to speak publicly about their views on afterschool, learning, education and other related issues. They’ll also invite the city mayor, school board members and city council members to come and listen to what kids and parents have to say.


PlayCenters at Our Lady of Hope

October 25, 2pm

Our Lady of Hope St. Luke School.

8003 North Boundary Road

Dundalk, Maryland 21222


Play Centers, Inc. will highlight this day by having the children participate in a community volunteer activity to show the connection between before and aftercare and building community.    


Soccer Without Borders

October 25, 3-6pm

Vanguard Collegiate Middle School 

5000 Truesdale Ave.

Baltimore, MD 21206


Soccer Without Borders would use the funds to host a Lights On Afterschool event that would engage newcomer families from a diverse group of countries and highlight the youth and family voice through a cultural celebration and open house at Vanguard Collegiate Middle School (the site of their program) in Baltimore.


St. Francis Neighborhood Center

October 25, 4-7pm

Dorothy I Height Elementary School

2011 Linden Ave.

Baltimore, MD 21217


The Power Project at St. Francis Neighborhood Center will decorate the center, have special incentives for bringing in families and have a guest speaker to further detail the benefits of providing after school programming.


Tilghman Area Youth Association

October 25, 3:20-5:30 pm

Tilghman Elementary School

21374 Foster Rd.

Tilghman, Maryland


Tilghman Area Youth Association plans to host an afternoon of extra-special activities for their students. They are exploring special hands-on science activities and an interactive visit from a local martial arts group.


University of Maryland Extension - 4-H

October 25, 2018, 4:30-5:30

7303 Sharpsburg Pike

Boonsboro, MD 21713


A Share Fair will offer youth the opportunity to showcase with the public, parents, peers, county officials, and local press and media the programs that they have completed, projects that they have enjoyed, and things they have learned.  


Upendo Movement

October 25, 5:30pm

Greenmount Recreation Center

2304 Greenmount Ave,

Baltimore, MD 21218


Upendo Movement plans to host a Harambee celebration with hip-hop, gospel, jazz, spoken word, storytelling, African drumming, and dance performances from local artists, an African mask display, and a variety of foods.


Uplifting Our Youth

October 25, 1:30pm to 2:30pm and 6:15pm to 7:45pm. 

Matthew Henson Elementary

1600 N. Payson Street

Baltimore, MD 21217


On October 25, 2018, approximately 50 Uplifting Our Youth participants will take their lights to the streets.  Program participants will head outside of our program locations with their hand made banners, posters, signs and lights to celebrate afterschool programming and gain the communities' continued support for programming.