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.

Visit our DC Kids Count online – Education

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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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  • 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
  • How Out-of-School-Time Programs Can Improve School Attendance

    May 17, 2024
    Education

    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...

    View How Out-of-School-Time Programs Can Improve School Attendance
    Blog Post
  • Testimony of Ryllie Danylko, Senior Policy Analyst, before the Committee on Recreation, Libraries, and Youth Affairs

    April 8, 2024
    Budget and Legislative Advocacy Education

    Hello Chairman White, council members, and staff of the Committee on Recreation, Libraries, and Youth Affairs. Thank you for the opportunity to address the committee today by providing testimony re...

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    Testimony