Education

The strength of our families and communities depends on a quality education.

Far too many young people are unable to realize their potential or fully contribute to their communities and the economy because they are not receiving the education they need and deserve.

Through policy analysis, advocacy, and our DC Out-of-School Time Coalition, we are working to strengthen student outcomes and ensure a successful transition from school to career. At the same time we demand equity, transparency, and accountability from our Mayor and education leaders.

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Our DC Kids Count initiative provides the best available District-level and ward-level data and key indicators of child and youth well-being to inspire innovative and equitable solutions.

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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. 

The DC OST Coalition advocates for access to high-quality learning opportunities beyond the classroom that prepare DC’s youth for success in education, career, and life. Our expertise is in strengthening the field of expanded learning – 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.

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  • What the FY25 Budget Means for Children, Youth, and Families

    June 13, 2024
    Budget and Legislative Advocacy Early Childhood Education Health and Safety Youth Economic Justice

    This week the DC Council voted to approve a budget for FY25 that is in much better shape than the proposal they received from Mayor Bowser.  After the public outcry in response to Bowser’s propo...

    View What the FY25 Budget Means for Children, Youth, and Families
    Blog Post
  • New KIDS COUNT Data Book Shows District’s Successes and Shortcomings in Supporting Child and Youth Well-Being

    June 10, 2024
    Early Childhood Education Health and Safety Youth Economic Justice

    According to the 2024 KIDS COUNT® Data Book, released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the District of Columbia does an impressive job of ensuring that our children have access to health in...

    View New KIDS COUNT Data Book Shows District’s Successes and Shortcomings in Supporting Child and Youth Well-Being
    Blog Post
  • 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...

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    Advocacy Letter