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.

Stay Informed

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

Get Involved

Join the DC Out-of-School Time Coalition

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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Make a Difference

  1. Join us in building support for these critical investments.

  2. Urge your Councilmembers to support and fully fund these priorities.


Education Resources

DC Action’s Out-of-School Time 2021 Impact Report

DC Action’s Out-of-School Time 2021 Impact Report illustrates how important quality youth development and expanded learning programs are to young people in the District of Columbia. Particularly during the pandemic when young people have experienced intense pressure and isolation, OST programs are essential in providing social-emotional and academic support, opportunities for growth and development, and safe and constructive environments for youth.

OST Policy Brief

This brief highlights the Out-of-School time landscape in the District of Columbia, who it serves, how it’s funded and what impact it has on the lives of young people.

Virtual OST Program Directory

DC Action, District of Columbia Public Schools and the Deputy Mayor for Education's Learn24 has compiled a list of out-of-school time organizations offering remote programs for youth. Families should contact organizations directly to inquire about availability.


Advocates to Mayor Bowser: Make investments that put DC’s children first

"Creating change of this magnitude requires unwavering leadership. Together, and informed by the work we do with more than 70 organizations across numerous coalitions, we are calling on DC’s leaders to build a budget that puts children first — especially children who have too often been left behind in our city’s growth."

Office of the Deputy Mayor of Education REPORT

DC Education Adequacy Study

The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education (DME) has released the District’s first comprehensive education adequacy study, Cost of Student Achievement: Report of the DC Education Adequacy Study.  The adequacy study resulted from the DC Public Education Finance Reform Commission’s recommendation that the Mayor secure an in depth study of the city’s Uniform Per Student Funding Formula (UPSFF), the city’s method for allocating local operating dollars to District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) and public charter schools.


Expanded Learning Issue Brief, DC Alliance or Youth Advocates

Research has shown that an expanded learning approach results in greater student achievement, participation and health outcomes, especially for “at-risk” students (see next page, “Outcomes of Expanded Learning”). This issue brief outlines the role expanded learning plays in closing the opportunity and achievement gap, the outcomes of participation in expanded learning, and the areas of need in the District.