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Afterschool Programs

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In School Year 2016-2017, afterschool programs managed by the Out of School Time Programs (OSTP) will once again be offered in 53 schools. See the list of 53 schools and program start dates. Schools not participating in OSTP afterschool programs may offer their own programs to students. Please contact your student’s school for more information.

Afterschool Program Description

What do afterschool programs offer?

DC Public Schools (DCPS) afterschool programs allow students to participate in academic and extracurricular enrichment activities and to develop new hobbies and skills. DCPS teachers, paraprofessionals, and community-based organizations provide a variety of unique programming options to students.

Participation in high-quality afterschool programming has been proven to improve school attendance, academic achievement, graduation rates, and attitudes toward learning. Students attending two and a half hours of afterschool programs each day gain the equivalent of nearly two months of learning time.

What are the afterschool program hours?

The afterschool program starts at the end of the school day and ends at 6 pm each full school day (unless otherwise noted by your school).

What grades can participate?

Programs serve students in PK3 through grade 5 at elementary schools and PK3 through grade 8 at education campuses.

Is food provided?

Supper/snack is provided to all students free of charge.

How do I register my student?

  • Afterschool enrollment for all families will take place online starting April 1. Families who visit the online enrollment system can expect to have a customized experience based on your child and the school he/she is attending. Specific instructions on how to do the online enrollment.
  • You must access the online enrollment system on a computer, not a phone or mobile device. If you lack access to a computer, computers will be available at your school for use during the enrollment period from 9 am to 3 pm. DC Public Libraries also have computers available for public use.
  • Online afterschool enrollment will start April 1. Seats will be filled on a first-come first-served basis. Seats are limited, so please enroll early.
  • The afterschool enrollment process has been simplified so that most families will not need to submit more documents after completing the online enrollment form.
  • You must have submitted your school year 2016-17 enrollment forms for the regular school day and allow two business days for the information to be updated into the system before you enroll in the afterschool program. Get more information about 2016-17 school enrollment.
  • In order for any student to be enrolled in an afterschool program next year all outstanding afterschool co-payment balances must be paid in full.
  • No child will be permitted to start until afterschool enrollment has been confirmed.

What do I do if I have trouble enrolling?

Contact your school or the Out of School Time Programs at (202) 442-5002 to ask for assistance.

Is there a fee?

For school year 16-17, co-payment fees will be ten monthly invoices (September 2016 through June 2017) of $82.50 for a total annual co-payment of $825 per student. Eligibility for co-payment will be determined upon student registration based on TANF or Medicaid status. Families will have the option to pay online through the current co-payment portal at afterschoolpayment.dcps.dc.gov. Certified checks, cashier’s checks, and money orders are also accepted. Personal checks will not be accepted. All checks and money orders must be:

  • Payable to “DC Treasurer” or “DC Treasury”
  • Include both the student’s name and the student’s school
  • Mailed to:

District of Columbia Public Schools
Out of School Time Programs
1200 First Street NE, 9th Floor
Washington, DC 20002

For additional information, please refer to the Co-Payments for Parents Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

Information for Community Based Organizations about DCPS Afterschool Programs

For all questions about afterschool, please contact:

Out of School Time Programs: (202) 442-5002