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Afterschool Programs

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In School Year 2021-2022, afterschool programs managed by Out of School Time Programs (OSTP) will be offered in 56 schools. Schools not participating in OSTP afterschool programs may offer their own programs to students. Please contact your student’s school for more information.

  • Afterschool enrollment will begin on Tuesday, June 22nd at 9:00 a.m. Enrollment will take place online for students who have completed their 2021-2022 school day registration. 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. Please call your school to find out when you can come in to register. DC Public Libraries also have computers available for public use.

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 6:15 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. At River Terrace all grades are eligible. At Hart MS and Jefferson Academy MS, the program serves grades 6-8.

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 for students who have completed their 2021-2022 school day registration. The launch date will be on June 22, 2021 at 9 am. 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.
  • 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. Please call your school to find out when you can come in to register.  DC Public Libraries also have computers available for public use.
  • Once online enrollment opens, 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 2021-22 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 enrollment at enrolldcps.dc.gov.

  • No child will be permitted to begin programming until their afterschool enrollment has been confirmed.

What do I do if I have trouble enrolling?

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

Is there a fee?

For School Year 21-22, co-payment fees will be discontinued. ALL DCPS families enrolled in OSTP programs will participate at no cost.

How is the afterschool program evaluated?

The OSTP program is funded mostly by a 21st Century Community Learning Center grant (21CCLC) from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE). The SY19-20 21CCLC Afterschool End of Year Evaluation Report presents the program objectives set by OSSE and DCPS and evaluates whether the objectives were met during the 2019-2020 school year. In addition, the presentation contains important information about the 21CCLC grant, program demographics, key findings from the external evaluator, afterschool program strengths, and areas of focus for SY21-22. Questions may be sent to Margot Berkey, specialist for the 21CCLC grant, margaret.[email protected].

Information for Community Based Organizations about DCPS Afterschool Programs

For all questions about afterschool, please contact:

Out of School Time Programs: (202) 442-5002 or email [email protected].