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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...

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    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...

    View Testimony of Ryllie Danylko, Senior Policy Analyst, before the Committee of the Whole
    Testimony
  • 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...

    View Testimony of Ryllie Danylko, Senior Policy Analyst, before the Committee on Recreation, Libraries, and Youth Affairs
    Testimony
  • Testimony of Ryllie Danylko, Senior Policy Analyst, before DME, OSSE, and DCPS Committee of the Whole

    April 4, 2024
    Budget and Legislative Advocacy Education

    Hello Chairman Mendelson, council members, and staff of the Committee of the Whole. Thank you for the opportunity to address the committee today by providing testimony regarding the FY25 budgets of...

    View Testimony of Ryllie Danylko, Senior Policy Analyst, before DME, OSSE, and DCPS Committee of the Whole
    Testimony
  • Replacing Federal Dollars with Local Funding Is a Must for Out-of-School-Time Programs

    March 26, 2024

    DC used pandemic relief funds for crucial out-of-school-time programs. The District must now sustain these opportunities with local dollars.

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    Blog Post
  • Testimony of Audrey Kasselman, Policy Analyst, before the Committee of the Whole

    February 28, 2024
    Early Childhood

    Good afternoon, Chairman Mendelson and members of the Committee of the Whole. Thank you for the opportunity to address the Committee today. My name is Audrey Kasselman and I am a resident of Ward 1...

    View Testimony of Audrey Kasselman, Policy Analyst, before the Committee of the Whole
    Testimony
  • Testimony of Ryllie Danylko, Senior Policy Analyst, before the Committee of the Whole

    February 28, 2024

    Hello Chairman Mendelson, council members, and staff of the Committee of the Whole. Thank you for the opportunity to address the committee today by providing testimony regarding the performance of ...

    View Testimony of Ryllie Danylko, Senior Policy Analyst, before the Committee of the Whole
    Testimony
  • 2024 Ward Out-of-School-Time Report Cards

    February 26, 2024

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    Infographic
  • Out-of-School-Time (OST) Programs

    November 30, 2023

    Across DC, approximately 37,000 public school students participate in afterschool programs and around 32,000 participate in summer programs that are subsidized. However, 53,000 students are missing out on afterschool programs and 57,000 are missing out on summer programs that are subsidized.

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    Policy Snapshot
  • Young People Describe the Important Influence of Out-of-School-Time Programs

    November 15, 2023

    By DC Action on November 15, 2023 In a new Youth Voices Youth Power Project video, young District residents explained how out-of-school-time (OST) activities have changed their lives. Seventeen m...

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    Blog Post
  • How the District of Columbia Can Create Universal Out-of-School Time Opportunities for Youth

    October 25, 2023
    Early Childhood Education

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    Policy Brief