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Organization DBA For Kids Only Afterschool
For Kids Only
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Mission StatementMORE »

The mission of For Kids Only Afterschool (FKO) is to provide year-round out-of-school time (OST) services that meet the needs of youth and families through academic, social and cultural experiences; and promote learning and self-esteem necessary for life-long success. The central components of our quality afterschool, school vacation week, and summer programs – safe, welcoming environments; academic assistance and hands-on, project-based activities that build on the school day curriculum; and mentoring from trained, skilled, and caring educators – engage youth 5 to 14 years of age in expanded learning opportunities, build critical 21st century skills, and help to close the achievement gap.

Mission Statement

The mission of For Kids Only Afterschool (FKO) is to provide year-round out-of-school time (OST) services that meet the needs of youth and families through academic, social and cultural experiences; and promote learning and self-esteem necessary for life-long success. The central components of our quality afterschool, school vacation week, and summer programs – safe, welcoming environments; academic assistance and hands-on, project-based activities that build on the school day curriculum; and mentoring from trained, skilled, and caring educators – engage youth 5 to 14 years of age in expanded learning opportunities, build critical 21st century skills, and help to close the achievement gap.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Sept 01, 2015 to Aug 31, 2016
Projected Income $5,200,000.00
Projected Expense $5,000,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Afterschool Program
  • Count Me In! Inclusion Initiative
  • Summer Learning Program
  • Youth In Motion (YIM)

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Mission Statement

The mission of For Kids Only Afterschool (FKO) is to provide year-round out-of-school time (OST) services that meet the needs of youth and families through academic, social and cultural experiences; and promote learning and self-esteem necessary for life-long success. The central components of our quality afterschool, school vacation week, and summer programs – safe, welcoming environments; academic assistance and hands-on, project-based activities that build on the school day curriculum; and mentoring from trained, skilled, and caring educators – engage youth 5 to 14 years of age in expanded learning opportunities, build critical 21st century skills, and help to close the achievement gap.

Background Statement

Launched in 1984 with a single afterschool program serving five students, FKO has grown into a tax-exempt nonprofit organization that provides services annually for more than 1,500 youth from widely diverse backgrounds. Over three decades, FKO has developed pioneering solutions for families, schools and communities who seek academic, fun and engaging enrichment for students beyond the school day. Given the extremely positive response to our program, model, FKO now operates 18 school-based and 2 community-based program sites in 7 cities and towns including: Chelsea, East Boston, Everett, Peabody, Revere, Salem and Winthrop, Massachusetts.

FKO welcomes all children who would benefit from OST services beyond the school day. Our curriculum targets the needs of disadvantaged and at risk youth and is driven by the conviction that enthusiasm and triumphs realized afterschool can transfer into school success. We are dedicated to the belief that truly every child can learn and thrive at FKO and actively include youth who are low-income, are English language learners or newcomer populations, have disabilities or special needs, or have other factors that place them at risk of academic failure. To ensure that every child is equally welcomed and supported, FKO is  committed to the following Core Values:  

· Financial Help for the Neediest Children: FKO raises funds to provide financial assistance to low-income families on a sliding scale to increase access for the most vulnerable, underserved populations. 
· Inclusion of Children with Disabilities: The belief that truly every child can learn and thrive is embedded into all FKO programs. FKO offers services suitable for students of all abilities. 
· Academic Enrichment: FKO offers daily homework support, enrichment classes and hands-on, project-based learning activities that complement lessons presented during the school day. 
· Strength-Based: FKO draws on a strength-based learning philosophy and student assets to support the best possible student outcomes.
· Supporting the Whole Child: FKO uses a holistic approach to youth programming. In addition to academic support, daily activities focus on comprehensive youth development, including wellness, nutrition and fitness, positive peer relations, recognizing and managing emotions, appreciating the perspective of others, and developing essential problem-solving and leadership skills. 

Impact Statement

2016 Accomplishments

Youth In Motion Opening: In early 2016, FKO opened its newly renovated home for the Youth In Motion program in Revere which provides innovative, health and wellness focused OST programming for up to 140 children and youth daily. The 8,000 sf. state-of-the-art facility replaces overcrowded, storefront space previously used and features a gymnasium; dance/yoga studio; nutrition café and kitchen; library/computer lab; STEAM Center (for science, technology, engineering, art and math concepts); and Reflection Room for healthy stress management.

Growth: With a growing demand for expanded learning opportunities, FKO strives to provide as many families, schools and communities as possible with quality programs. FKO has expanded to a 7th community through a new partnership with Chelsea Public Schools, and is opening two additional school-based sites in Peabody and Salem. FKO also reached its goal of offering year-round OST programming in all seven communities and is on track to serve an all-time high of 1,550 youth in 2016.

Board Expansion: FKO is in the midst of  multi-year effort to diversify its Board, with plans to grow to 16 members (up from 9). In addition to two members previously added in recent years, FKO recruited three new Board members in 2016 including: Derek Cioffi of People’s United Bank; Daniel Conte of Peabody & Arnold, LLP; and Michael Nicastro of East Boston Neighborhood Health Center. Also as part of the multi-year Board enhancement plan, a Finance Committee was established in 2016.

In 2016-2017 and beyond, FKO will focus on: 

· Providing inclusion support to ensure every child with a disability/special need can participate in programs; 
· Strengthening existing school partnerships; and 
· Bringing daily fitness and mindfulness practices to all program participants.

Needs Statement

Among FKO's top organizational needs include:

Access - FKO secures funding from diversified sources to enroll disadvantaged youth, including the hundreds of school-age children on waiting lists for financial assistance in FKO communities.

Quality - Quality enhancement resources (field-tested, research-based curricula; visiting specialists; training; and assessment/evaluation) are needed to implement and sustain program improvements.

Inclusion - FKO raises private and public funds to be able to provide adaptive materials/equipment and expert Inclusion/Behavioral Specialists to ensure all children with disabilities and special needs can fully participate in all aspects of FKO programs

Youth In Motion: Scholarship support to enroll low-income youth in this innovative health and wellness program and funds for fitness equipment and inclusive learning materials is needed.
Top Notch Staff - Given the low wages and challenging work in the OST field, FKO makes every attempt to recruit and keep quality staff with full and part-time positions with benefits, individualized professional development plans, paid coaching, training and peer learning, and access to free college courses. FKO also advocates for better wages to allow top-notch OST educators to stay in their chosen profession.

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Board Chair Statement


Geographic Area Served

City of Boston- East Boston

FKO serves children and families in Essex, Middlesex and Suffolk counties. Our formal partnerships with seven School Districts have resulted in programs operating in shared school space at 18 public schools and 2 community-based programs in Chelsea, East Boston, Everett, Peabody, Revere, Salem and Winthrop. 

Organization Categories

  1. Education - Educational Services
  2. Human Services - Children's and Youth Services
  3. Youth Development - Youth Development Programs

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)



Afterschool Program

FKO partners with schools and communities to expand learning beyond the school day. Programs run from the moment the school bell rings until 6pm for working families. The daily afternoon schedule includes a healthy, nutritious snack, homework and academic support, time for active play and fitness activities, and a selection of engaging enrichment classes.


The enrichment class schedule provides a variety of choices that offer children opportunities to explore new interests and reinforce newly introduced academic skills (literacy, math, science, etc.). Through hands-on, project-based activities that connect to the school day, students can develop crucial 21st century skills (e.g. communication, critical thinking, teamwork) and recognize the real-world relevance of their learning. Enrichment also supports social-emotional learning needs and help children form positive relationships with peers and caring adults. Students receive small group individualized instruction.

Budget  $3,100,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Afterschool Enrichment
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success 

All FKO programs engage in ongoing assessment and outcome measurement using research-based, field-tested tools for pre and post-testing of enrolled students at the beginning and end of each school year. Over the short-term FKO afterschool programs focus on helping children achieve the following outcomes:  

· increased homework completion;
· increased engagement in and attitude toward learning;
· improved learning skills (e.g. written/verbal communication, math); and
· improved behavior and enhanced relationships with peers and adults (making friends, working cooperatively etc.).
Last year, results from pre- and post-testing showed that all FKO participants, on average, made positive changes in their scores across many areas that support academic achievement and healthy development, including: learning skills, engagement in learning, relationships with peers and behavior in the program.
Program Long-Term Success 

FKO’s comprehensive curriculum, in partnership with families, schools and communities, builds knowledge, social skills and self-confidence children need to be ready for academic and lifelong success. The anticipated long- term outcomes resulting from participation in FKO programs over time include children and youth who:

· have improved skills necessary for future success (e.g. communication, problem-solving, interpersonal); 

· exhibit improved academic achievement (e.g. better grades, higher graduation rates); 
· engage less frequently in risky behavior (e.g. drug and alcohol use, violence, teen pregnancy) exhibit increased civic involvement and are more engaged in their communities; 
· have an increased number of positive social relationships with peers and adults; and 
· have improved concept of self.
Program Success Monitored By 

To determine program quality and effectiveness, FKO engages in formal assessment, evaluation and outcome measurement practices. The Afterschool Program Assessment System (APAS) is used annually to measure programmatic and youth outcomes. APAS is a research-based, scientifically field-tested tool designed specifically for afterschool settings consisting of two parts: 

· Survey of Afterschool Youth Outcomes (SAYO) which examines the impact of programming on individual student growth in specific youth outcomes linked with long-term healthy development and educational success; and 
· Assessment of Afterschool Program Practices Tool (APT) which scrutinizes important aspects of program quality - linked to SAYO outcomes - through observation of program instructional practices and a self-assessment tool.

FKO also reviews aggregated assessment and student data, exchanges information daily with school partners on student progress and collects annual Family and Principal Satisfactions surveys.

Examples of Program Success 

Karl, a typical 5th grade boy of a single mother, attended one of FKO's programs a few days of week. During the summer before 6th grade, his mother was tragically killed by a random crime during a vacation to Haiti. When Karl returned to school, his tremendous grief caused him to act out - getting into fights and using violent, inappropriate language. An FKO - school team formed to assist Karl and meet regularly with his aunt and cousin who became his caregivers. OST Educators received grief training and employed daily strategies to help him to express his feelings and positively channel his aggression. Karl was encouraged to let staff know when he needed a break or time to call his aunt. As an older child, Karl was designated to act as “Junior Staff “ helping younger kids with homework, reading stories aloud, and performing administrative tasks. Slowly, Karl made improvements, his outbursts nearly disappeared, and he was able to re­engage in academic enrichment and socialization.

Count Me In! Inclusion Initiative

With a vision of true inclusion, FKO programs are about belonging.  Count Me In! ensures ALL children -  including those with mental or physical disabilities, severe behavioral problems, or other challenges - are able to participate in and benefit from OST programs. Expert Inclusion Specialists help youth reach their full potential through:

· one-on-one support and reassurance in social situations by offering language modeling and assistance to help make friends;
· social skills groups focused on relationships, self-awareness and team work to bolster children’s social and emotional development;
· inclusion coaching that captures lessons “in the moment” to enhance the staff capacity; 
· provision of needed assistive technology or adaptive materials and equipment; and 
· creation of Afterschool Support Plans (ASP) for youth with disabilities to spell out their strengths, social-emotional challenges, preferred strategies to build skills crucial to learning.
Budget  $308,520.00
Category  Education, General/Other Afterschool Enrichment
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent People/Families with of People with Disabilities
Program Short-Term Success 

Count Me In! strategies are designed to work toward the following outcomes in order to provide the maximum educational and social benefits possible to every enrolled child: 

· No child will be denied the right to enroll in FKO programs due to disabilities; 
· 100% of enrolled children with disabilities will have an individual Afterschool Support Plan to help keep them fully engaged in learning; 
· All youth who need it will have access to small group or one-on-one instruction; 
· All youth will have enhanced relationships with peers and adults; 
· All children who need them will have access to sensory supports, visual aids, anger management tools and other inclusion materials; and 
· All FKO educators will have increased understanding of effective inclusion practices that can be implemented year-round.
Program Long-Term Success 

The goal of Count Me In! is to boost learning opportunities for children with disabilities, Individual Education Plans (IEP), and severe behavioral issues so that they can achieve the same benefits of participation in OST programming as their typically developing peers. Over the long-term, Count Me In! will allow all children at FKO with special learning needs to: 

· have skills necessary for future school and career success (e.g. communication, problem solving, interpersonal); 
· exhibit improved academic achievement through better grades and greater high school graduation rates; 
· engage less frequently in risky behavior (e.g. drug and alcohol use, violence, teen pregnancy); 
· enjoy positive social relationships with peers and adults; and 
· gain an improved concept of self.
Program Success Monitored By 

Evaluation activities for Count Me In! include: 

· Research-based pre and post-program surveys conducted annually to assess youth outcomes (e.g. homework completion, engagement in learning, relationships with peers and adults, etc.); 
· FKO educators conduct behavioral observations, monitor social interactions, and track incident reports submitted monthly to FKO’s Adjustment Counselor and data is reviewed to measure efficacy of inclusion practices; 
· FKO’s Adjustment Counselor, Inclusion Specialists and educators review Afterschool Support Plans for progress toward individual student goals (e.g. healthy peer to peer relationships, smooth transitions from one activity to another, etc.) and make adjustments as necessary to support student success; and 
· ongoing meetings will be held with staff, teachers/coaches, school partners and families to review progress, make necessary program changes and inform plans for sustaining gains.
Examples of Program Success 

School partners and parents of children with disabilities praise the impact of Count Me In! 

“We are developing a behavior chart with the same goals and expectations for every Kindergarten Classroom in our School. The approaches shared by FKO have been extremely helpful.”  School Principal

“I invited my school’s FKO Site Coordinator into my classroom. She is working with the students on a special character building activity including peer respect, friendship, personal space and self-control.” Classroom Teacher  

“FKO has been a part of a wraparound service team for my clients and helps families sustain healthy parental behavior management techniques.” Social Worker, Massachusetts Department of Children & Families

Summer Learning Program

FKO offers full-day (7:00am to 6:00pm) Summer Learning Programs to support working families and children in need of extended day programming in Chelsea, East Boston, Everett, Peabody, Revere, Salem and Winthrop. The goal of the Summer Learning Program is to prevent learning loss and build skills necessary for academic achievement among disadvantaged students 5 to 14 years of age. The daily summer schedule includes nutritious snacks and meals, skill-building activities, literacy support and reading periods, recreation and active play, and social experiences with peers. Each day also includes three summer-long enrichment blocks; students select classes from several fun and engaging options. To deepen the relevance of learning during the summer months, students participate in weekly off-site learning trips that are connected to enrichment classes. Children with disabilities or special needs are welcome and receive accommodation that ensures their full participation in all activities.
Budget  $690,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Afterschool Enrichment
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success 

Full-day summer programs offer targeted instruction to maintain crucial academic skills and prevent summer learning   loss. Through an expanded, full-day schedule with more time for enrichment classes, literacy and reading, off-site learning trips,  and inclusion support to include all children, anticipated short-term outcomes of the Summer Learning Program include: 

· Development of literacy and math skills through academic support and enrichment classes; 
· Enhanced learning skills, including understanding how to gather information and express oneself through the use of language (written and oral); 
· Improved 21st Century Skills, such as collaboration and teamwork, creativity and innovation, critical thinking and problem solving and communication; 
· Improved relationships with peers and adults; and 
· Exposure to community resources (e.g. recreational, cultural, historical) through trips and community engagement activities to allow students to recognize the real-life relevance to learning.
Program Long-Term Success 

Research shows that low-income children are more likely to lose knowledge and skills over the summer while their better off peers – with more access to educational, cultural, and other resources – are better able to maintain reading and language skills gained during the school year. Summer is also a particularly vulnerable time for low-income children as they may need to be left alone for long stretches of time  so that their parents can work, search for work or pursue educational opportunities.

The long-term goal of the Summer Enrichment Program is to ensure children from all socio-economic backgrounds have a safe haven during the summer and access to programming that promotes a lifelong interest in and love of learning.

Program Success Monitored By 

During the summer months, the Summer Learning Program assesses children’s progress by: 

· monitoring student reading in order to ensure100% of completion of summer reading assignments; 
· partnering with schools to track DIBELS reading scores to measure children’s progress during the summer months toward specific literacy outcomes. (Individual and aggregated DIBELS data is collected and analyzed through spreadsheets); and 
· working with school faculty gather anecdotal data on student knowledge retention over the summer.

Aggregated data will be shared with teachers/coaches, school partners and parents to review goals and progress toward outcomes, and inform plans for sustaining and replicating gains.

Examples of Program Success 

Olivia, a 3rd grade student from busy home with 7 children (including 2 with severe behavioral problems), first came to FKO for the summer program.  At first, she frequently sought attention and had difficulty appropriately interacting with peers. The staff helped Olivia channel her energy in more positive ways and kept her busily engaged in classes, fitness activities and a social skills group. During a sports-focused enrichment class, Olivia was guided to practice her teamwork skills and good sportsmanship.  During a musical theater enrichment class, she and other children prepared theatrical scenes and acted them out using a wide range of emotions and the teacher helped them explore the impact of the emotions and behaviors on others, tying the content back to their daily lives.  The individualized attention from caring adults offered Olivia the time in the spotlight she was craving.  By the end of the summer, Olivia had increased social skills and awareness and stronger friendships.

Youth In Motion (YIM)

Youth In Motion, is an FKO community-based afterschool and summer program that offers a health and wellness focus embedded throughout all program activities. The innovative model provides youth 5-14 years of age with a healthy snack, homework help and enrichment classes along with daily vigorous physical fitness activity and specialized enrichment classes that promote healthy lifestyle choices.

In 2016, FKO opened a two-story, 8,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility in Revere, MA to provide 140 youth with daily health and wellness programming. This brand new home for Youth In Motion includes child-friendly spaces: 

· Gymnasium; 
· Dance and Yoga Studio; 
· STEAM Center (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math); 
· Reflection Room (for stress management and de-escalation); 
· Nutrition Café and Kitchen (for classes and meals); and 
· Library and Computer Lab.

The facility is designed to serve ALL children, including those with disabilities who are often excluded from OST programming.

Budget  $745,000.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent People/Families with of People with Disabilities
Program Short-Term Success 

 Through participation in Youth In Motion’s health and wellness activities and enrichment classes, short-term successes include youth being able to have:

· Participation in moderate to intense sports and physical fitness activities for no less than three hours per week; 
· Increased knowledge of nutrition and the impact of food choices on overall health; 
· Increased engagement in learning; and 
· Improved peer relations, self-esteem and confidence.
Program Long-Term Success 

A growing body of evidence shows school children who are physically active and fit tend to perform better in the classroom, have improved attendance, and fewer problem behavioral incidents (; the newly launched Youth in Motion facility directly responds to these research findings with state-of-the art soace designed to promote learning, health and wellness. The anticipated impact of the new space on at risk youth is to help them to achieve important, far-reaching benefits including:

· strong self-esteem;  
· improved attitude towards school and learning; 
· decreased involvement in risky behavior; 
· improved understanding of how fitness, nutrition, and other choices affect overall health; 
· decreased child obesity; and
· improved community attitude toward and support of out-of-school time programs.

Program Success Monitored By 

FKO views ongoing assessment and outcome measurement as a fundamental to continuous program improvement . The Youth In Motion Program uses formal, research-based assessment tools to measure the impact of youth programming including the following: 

· School Age Youth Outcomes (SAYO) Surveys to assess academic, social and behavioral outcomes using pre & post testing; 
· California Healthy Kids Survey to assess health, fitness and relationships of youth via self-reporting survey; and 
· Assessment of Afterschool Program Practices Tool (APT) which uses observation and self-assessment to evaluate and strengthen program components related to quality.

Pre- and post-testing occurs at beginning and end of each school year, with some tools also used during the summer months.

Examples of Program Success  .

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments



CEO/Executive Director Ms. Deborah Kneeland Keegan
CEO Term Start Oct 1984
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

Ms. Keegan brings over 30 years’ experience in the child development, education, education administration and OST fields to FKO.  She holds a Master’s degree in Special Education and worked for several years as a Special Education Teacher, oversaw educational initiatives for the Massachusetts Department of Education and served as the Director of one of the first alternative high schools in Massachusetts.  She has held adjunct staff positions at Curry College Education Division and North Shore Community College. She is an expert statewide trainer and former national quality advisor.  In recognition of her leadership in the field, Ms. Keegan was appointed to the Massachusetts Legislative Commission on Afterschool and Out of School Time (ASOST) and traveled across the Commonwealth studying OST programming during 2008 to 2011. She was also selected by the Commissioner to serve on the Department of Early Education and Care’s advisory group to inform the development of the Massachusetts Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS).  Ms. Keegan is a Board Member for the Mass Association of Early Education and Out-of-School Time Care and an Advisory Team member for the Massachusetts Afterschool Partnership. 

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Ms. Briana Flannery Director of Development

Ms. Flannery has held multiple positions with the organization since joining FKO in 2002. In her current position she manages grant writing and fundraising; board development; and program planning, budgeting, and evaluation. Ms. Flannery holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Wheelock College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing. Ms. Flannery serves as the FKO liaison for all school partnership grant funding and quality initiatives.

Ms. Katherine Greene Adjustment Counselor

Ms. Greene joined FKO in 2010 bringing a wealth of skill and knowledge to the organization, including a BS in Education and Teaching and a Master of Education in School Counseling. She has experience as a Special Education Teacher in public and private schools, School Counselor, and an autism therapist. In her current role, she is responsible for the establishment of inclusion policies at FKO, ensures alignment of positive behavior and intervention supports with partnering school district policies, assists OST staff members in identifying each child’s individual strengths and needs and ensures that children with disabilities or special needs have individual written plans for supporting their full inclusion in all afterschool program activities.    

Mr. Lawrence Keegan Director of Finance and Human Resources


Lawrence Keegan, Director of Finance and Human Resources, holds a Bachelor Degree in Science Education and a M.Ed. in Earth Science/Geography in Secondary Education. He has extensive experience in education, administration and afterschool programs, including 34 years as a Math/Science high school teacher. Mr. Keegan was also an Adjunct Professor at Clark University and Mass Bay Community College teaching Algebra, Environmental Science and Business Administration and served as an elected member of the Everett School Committee, overseeing a 40 million dollar school budget. With 10 years’ experience as an administrator at FKO, Mr. Keegan is responsible for FKO’s budget, payroll, human resource policies, and accounts payable/receivable. He manages all organization finances. 

Ms. Suzanne Ouellette Director of Communications

Ms. Suzanne Ouellette received her master's degree in organizational leadership from Wheelock College through a United Way scholarship and holds a bachelor's degree in Journalism from Boston University’s College of Communications. She has experience in nonprofit marketing and public relations and worked as a photo editor and photographer with several news organizations. Suzanne is responsible for the development of print and electronic marketing materials, press releases, brochures, and presentations; maintenance and development of the FKO website and social media channels; planning and implementing fundraising events and initiatives as well as development and execution of a long term communications plan.

Ms. Jennifer Reth Director of Programs and Curriculum

Ms. Reth has worked at FKO for over 20 years, advancing from her first position working in the classroom to her most recent appointment overseeing FKO programming, professional development and licensure. She holds an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts and a School Age Educator Certificate from North Shore Community College. Ms. Reth has served as a Massachusetts Ambassador for the Afterschool Alliance and a National Afterschool Association Endorser.

Ms. Tania Ruffen-Buck Director of Family, Community and School Partnerships

Bilingual (Spanish) and bi-cultural, Ms. Buck-Ruffen brings 30 years of experience in the OST fields as an administrator, program manager, quality advisor, and licensor for the Department of Early Education and Care. Ms. Buck-Ruffen oversees all FKO family and community engagement partnerships.


Award Awarding Organization Year
Creative Minds System Building Award Massachusetts Afterschool Partnership 2016
Special Recognition Community Award (Youth In Motion Program) Revere Chamber of Commerce 2016
National Afterschool Matters Fellowship (Briana Flannery, Director of Development) National Institute on Out-of-School Time 2015
Excellence in Youth Enrichment Revere Chamber of Commerce 2014
Robert Restuccia Champion for Children’s Health Award Joint Committee for Children’s Health Care in Everett 2013
Exceptional Instructional Leader - Deniece Rodriguez, FKO Site Coordinator Mass Association of Early Education and Care 2012
Outstanding School Age Leader - Meghan Silk, District Director of Everett Programs Mass Association of Early Education and Care 2012
Appointment to Commission (Deborah Kneeland, Executive Director) to develop recommendations on how to coordinate, expand and finance afterschool programming in the Commonwealth Afterschool and Out-of-School-Time Special Commission 2007
Regional Network Coordinator for the North Shore Chapter - Deborah Kneeland, Executive Director Mass Afterschool Partnership 2006
Director of the Year - Joe Anderson, Director of the Bowdoin Street/Youth Connections site Mass School-Age Coalition 2005
Business of the Year Winthrop Chamber of Commerce 2003
North of Boston Business and Professional Woman of the Year (Deborah Kneeland, Executive Director) North of Boston Business and Professional Woman of the Year 2003
Director of the Year - Jennifer Reth (formally Anderson) Massachusetts School-Age Coalition 2001
School-Age Quality Award for demonstrating high-quality initiatives in the communities of Revere and Winthrop Massachusetts Office of Child Care Services 2000
WCVB Television spotlighted FKO on Chronicle’s Keeping Kids On Track initiative designed to increase public awareness and funding support for after school programs. Chronical 2000


Affiliation Year
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National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) --
National Institute on Out of School Time --
Member of state association of nonprofits? Yes
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External Assessments and Accreditations

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Massachusetts Department of Children and Families --
Massachusetts Department of Early and Secondary Education (Mass DESE) --


FKO has decades of experience effectively collaborating with municipalities, schools, and communities to expand learning opportunities for youth. FKO develops formal agreements with cities and school districts that set clear goals and expectations for programs and ensure children access to valuable school resources – classrooms, libraries, computer labs, gymnasiums and more – that help boost student achievement. FKO also partners with schools and community-based organizations to enhance its educational offerings, hiring certified school day teachers and specialists and bringing in community leaders and volunteers with content area expertise (e.g. Yoga instructors, Drama coaches) to instruct students during enrichment blocks and serve as role models. By using this proven model of combining FKO educators’ proven ability to engage and motivate students with visiting professionals’ expertise, FKO deepens the impact and expands the variety of its learning opportunities.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


FKO partners with the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley (UW) to strengthen and enhance the quality of its programs. In addition to its annual funding allocation, FKO participates in the UW Summer Learning Collaborative to integrate literacy activities into all FKO Summer Learning Programs and help reduce achievement gaps. With support from UW, the Summer Learning Collaborative brings together OST providers from across Greater Boston and provides them with a Literacy Coach, proven literacy curriculum, literacy supplies, training and evaluation assistance.

To advocate on behalf of children, families and out-of-school time programs (OST), FKO works closely with the Massachusetts Association of Early Education & Care, also known as MADCA. This association of child care providers, of which FKO Executive Director Deborah Kneeland is a Board Member, represents the public policy and advocacy interests of more than 600 child care centers and school age providers. With MADCA, FKO advocates for quality early education and care, professional development of early educators, and increased access to quality programming for low-income and at-risk children.

Build the Out-of-School Time Network or BOSTnet is an intermediary organization that strengthens the after school and OST field in Massachusetts. FKO educators collaborate with BOSTnet on a number of program quality improvement and professional development initiatives. In recent years, FKO and BOSTnet partnerships have focused on training and technical assistance, literacy initiatives, and program outcome assessment and evaluation practices.

External Assessment

The core of FKO’s evaluation system is the Massachusetts Quality Rating & Improvement System (QRIS) – the chief measure of OST program quality used by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) the state licensing agency for child care programs in Massachusetts. FKO’s programs have been involved with QRIS since its earliest stages in the Commonwealth. In 2009, FKO’s Executive Director, Deborah Kneeland Keegan, was invited by the EEC Commissioner to serve on an OST Advisory Committee creating child care quality standards for c programs, workforce and family engagement. For the past seven years, FKO program sites have participated in the QRIS continuous quality improvement process and have established Continuous Quality Improvement Plan and specific strategies to work toward program improvement goals. All programs have licenses in good standing to ensure the health and safety of participating youth.

Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 34
Number of Part Time Staff 112
Number of Volunteers 30
Number of Contract Staff 25
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 10
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 13
Caucasian: 84
Hispanic/Latino: 25
Native American/American Indian: 2
Other: 37
Other (if specified): Two or more races - Not Specified
Gender Female: 120
Male: 51
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Exempt
State Registration Yes

Risk Management Provisions


Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Quarterly


Board Chair Ms. Sylvia Clark
Board Chair Company Affiliation Executive Director, Atria Marina Place
Board Chair Term July 2012 - Aug 2016
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Derek Cioffi People's United Bank Voting
Daniel Conte Peabody & Arnold, LLP Voting
Richard Dean Retired Voting
Nicole DeSimone Burns Landscaping & Construction, LLC Voting
Leigh Herzog Mullen Voting
Robert Katz Nu-Tread Tire Voting
Clarence Megwa Intralinks Voting
Steven Nalen Courtyard Marriott Voting
Michael Nicastro East Boston Neighborhood Health Center Voting
Brian Pecjo Harvard Clinical Research Institute Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 9
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 3
Male: 8
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Under Development
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 80%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees

  • Finance

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Revenue $5,202,842 $4,784,461 $2,635,499
Total Expenses $4,498,956 $3,802,228 $2,230,354

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
-- -- --
Government Contributions $2,929,655 $2,652,286 $19,455
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $2,929,655 $2,652,286 $19,455
Individual Contributions $70,878 $82,730 $60,565
Indirect Public Support $279,069 $155,430 --
Earned Revenue $1,913,098 $1,848,161 $2,555,231
Investment Income, Net of Losses $816 $334 $248
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $9,326 $45,520 --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Program Expense $3,745,149 $2,979,285 $1,763,179
Administration Expense $572,881 $654,167 $455,775
Fundraising Expense $180,926 $168,776 $11,400
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.16 1.26 1.18
Program Expense/Total Expenses 83% 78% 79%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 6% 6% 14%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Assets $4,312,284 $3,272,711 $2,295,835
Current Assets $2,111,491 $1,971,480 $1,241,162
Long-Term Liabilities $475,164 $282,972 $291,881
Current Liabilities $255,078 $111,583 $108,031
Total Net Assets $3,582,042 $2,878,156 $1,895,923

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --

Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy --
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 2.00

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 8.28 17.67 11.49

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 11% 9% 13%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above are per the organization's IRS Form 990s. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.


The Impact tab is a section on the Giving Common added in October 2013; as such the majority of nonprofits have not yet had the chance to complete this voluntary section. The purpose of the Impact section is to ask five deceptively simple questions that require reflection and promote communication about what really matters – results. The goal is to encourage strategic thinking about how a nonprofit will achieve its goals. The following Impact questions are being completed by nonprofits slowly, thoughtfully and at the right time for their respective organizations to ensure the most accurate information possible.

1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?


2. What are your strategies for making this happen?


3. What are your organization’s capabilities for doing this?


4. How will your organization know if you are making progress?


5. What have and haven’t you accomplished so far?