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 prepares DC’s youth for success in education, careers and life.
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.
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
- the development of career pathway skills
Virtual OST Program Directory
DC Action for Children, District of Columbia Public Schools (OST Office) and the Office of Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes (OST Office) has compiled a listing of virtual out-of- school time (OST) programs for youth in the District of Columbia. Families are actively searching for programs and opportunities to engage youth beyond the classroom. The following organizations have provided details about their program to assist families locate a virtual OST program. Families should contact organizations directly to inquire about availability and more information.
This directory contains a list of programs that are currently offering virtual out-of-school time (OST) programming for District of Columbia youth. While in-person learning may currently be closed for students, many of these providers are working to share and create virtual learning opportunities for students and families.