DC Out-of-School-Time Coalition

The DC Out-of-School-Time Coalition advocates for access to high-quality learning opportunities beyond the school day that are critical for young people’s growth and development and positively impact their social and emotional well-being, academic outcomes, college and career readiness, and community safety.
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Coalition Contact
Contact Name: Jorge Membreño

Who We Are

The OST community is broad and diverse, serving and supporting students across the District and employing educators who work tirelessly to ensure that all of our young people succeed.

According to FY2019 numbers, 21st Century Community Learning Centers in the District served 9,078 young people – 5,087 through DCPS. In FY2020, Learn 24 awarded 103 grants to programs that served 7,338 young people during the school year and 9,107 during the summer. And, hundreds more are privately funded.

Our expertise is in strengthening the expanded learning field – the afterschool and out-of-school-time programs that engage young people in high quality enrichment, academic support, and social-emotional development. We serve a critical role in protecting and advancing an equitable expanded learning system essential for closing the opportunity gap.

Why OST Matters

Children and youth spend only 20 percent of their waking hours in school. How they spend the remaining 80 percent of time has a profound impact on their growth and development. A growing body of research shows that high-quality expanded learning programs are linked to positive academic and social-emotional youth outcomes, including:

  • Improved attendance and grades
  • Increased engagement, motivation, growth mindset, and cooperation
  • Development of career pathway skills

Get Involved

Coalition members as of January 2024

  • After-School All-Stars
  • Beacon House
  • BEST Kids, Inc.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of the National Capital Area
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington
  • BUILD Metro DC
  • Children & Charity International
  • Children’s Art Studio
  • Children’s Defense Fund DMV Freedom Schools
  • Children’s Legacy Theatre, Inc.
  • CityDance DREAM
  • College Tribe
  • Common Good City Farm
  • Community Services Foundation
  • Critical Exposure
  • DC Action
  • DC Fiscal Policy Institute
  • DC Strings Workshop
  • DC Tutoring & Mentoring Initiative
  • DC Youth Orchestra Program
  • Do The Write Thing Foundation of DC
  • EnventU
  • Fair Chance
  • Faith for the City, Inc.
  • Far Southeast Family Strengthening Collaborative
  • Fields of Dreams
  • Forever True
  • FRESHFARM FoodPrints
  • Gearin’ Up Bicycles
  • Girls on the Run-DC
  • Girls Rock! DC
  • Global Kids
  • GOODProjects
  • Healthy Babies Project
  • Higher Achievement
  • Homeless Children’s Playtime Project
  • Horizons Greater Washington
  • Horton’s Kids
  • Imagination Stage
  • Jubilee Housing
  • Kid Power, Inc.
  • Latin American Youth Center
  • LETS GO Boys and Girls. Inc.
  • Life Pieces to Masterpieces
  • Math Speaks Inc.
  • Men Can Stop Rape
  • Mentor Maryland | DC
  • Mentors of Minorities in Education, Inc.
  • One Common Unity
  • One World Education
  • Oye Palaver Hut, Inc.
  • Project Create
  • Raising A Village
  • Reading Partners
  • Sasha Bruce Youthwork
  • Spark the Journey
  • Shaw Community Center
  • Sitar Arts Center
  • So What Else
  • The Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound School DC
  • The Community Enrichment Project
  • The Fishing School
  • The Musicianship
  • The TRIGGER Project
  • The VIVA School of Dance
  • Total Family Care Coalition
  • United Planning Organization
  • Urban Adventure Squad/Urban Learning and Teaching Center
  • Washington Urban Debate League
  • Wonders Early Learning + Extended Day
  • Words Beats and Life
  • Young Playwrights’ Theater
  • YWCA National Capital Area
  • DC OST Coalition Letter

    May 22, 2024
    Budget and Legislative Advocacy Education

    Dear Deputy Mayor Kihn, Chancellor Ferebee, and Chairman Mendelson: We are writing to you as concerned members of the DC Out-of-School-Time (OST) Coalition to underscore the importance of DCPS cont...

    View DC OST Coalition Letter
    Advocacy Letter
  • How Out-of-School-Time Programs Can Improve School Attendance

    May 17, 2024

    As District leaders grapple with how to address chronic absenteeism among students, they should consider the role that out-of-school time (OST) programs can play in keeping students engaged with th...

    Blog Post
  • Testimony of Ryllie Danylko, Senior Policy Analyst, before the Committee of the Whole

    May 3, 2024
    Budget and Legislative Advocacy

    Hello Chairman Mendelson, Councilmembers, and staff. Thank you for the opportunity to address the committee today by providing testimony regarding the proposed FY25 budget. My name is Ryllie Danylk...