This unique timeline represents the history of the New Mexico Afterschool Alliance.
In the mid-to-late 1990s, federal funding for after-school programs became a reality as a result of new understanding around the struggle of working families in securing safe after-school child care options In its 2003 legislative session, the legislature enacted a joint memorial (SJM5) commissioning a detailed assessment of afterschool programs in the state to gain a complete and accurate picture of the level of public investment.
2004, NM Forum for Youth in Community was invited to launch a NM Network and join the national statewide afterschool networks efforts.
2010, New Mexico Afterschool Alliance (NMASA) administration moved to the New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED).
NMPED was asked to serve as the fiscal and programmatic agent for the NM Afterschool Alliance. This came at a time when NMASA was slated to reapply to C.S. Mott for continued resources. NMPED wrote and was awarded the C.S. Mott Foundation Achievement Grant on behalf of the NM Afterschool Alliance. Under NMPED leadership, the alliance was restructured and revitalized. NMASA is now governed by a Leadership Council (LC) made up of 15 - 20 members.
NMASA began hosting Fall Into Place conferences in 2012 to provide professional development for out of school time (OST) program staff and administration around the state. Since 2010, the conference has grown from 150 participants to 250 participants annually.
2016 NMASA began to update its image and its activities. NMASA changed its name to the New Mexico Out-of-School Time Network (NMOST) to better-reflect the work of its members, including before school, afterschool, school holiday, and summer programming. NMOST moved from NMPED to Explora. This move allows NMOST to become more active in advocating for OST policies, including enhancing quality of OST programs and increasing state funding for OST.
2021 NMOST transitioned to a new fiscal sponsor, the Center of Southwest Culture. This transition offers additional opportunities to work with the underserved communities in the state. We continue to work with Explora as a vital part of New Mexico's OST community.