Afterschool Programs for 2013-2014 

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For the 2013-2014 school year, Afterschool Program will be offered in 57 schools. (Please note that this link provides the full list of afterschool programs in DCPS)

Afterschool Program Description

DC Public Schools (DCPS) Afterschool Programs allow students to participate in academic and extracurricular enrichment activities and to develop new hobbies and skills. Community based organizations and DCPS teachers and aides 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 three hours of afterschool programming each day gain the equivalent of nearly four months of learning time.

The OSTP afterschool program features an Academic Power Hour and enrichment programming focusing on arts, athletics, and community service.

  • Start Date: Please see the OSTP site list for your school's start date.  Some schools will begin programming on the first day of school; some schools’ afterschool program will start on September 3rd (the Tuesday after Labor Day)
  • Program Hours: 3:30 to 6:00 p.m. on full school days with the exception of Wednesday, November 27th and Friday, December 20th when programming is not taking place.
  • Provided: Supper/snacks will be provided to all students at no cost

No child will be permitted in afterschool until they are fully enrolled and have received a certification of enrollment.

If you are interested in enrolling your child(ren) in one of OSTP afterschool programs, please contact the Cluster Coordinator at your school to discuss availability. 

Find Coordinators listed by school.

Cost of Afterschool Program

The standard cost for the OSTP Afterschool Program is $10 per day for the first participating child in a family.  The second child costs $7.40 per day, and all additional children in a family may participate for free.

Co-payment for the month of September is FREE for all families.  The first co-payment is due September 30th for October dues.  Co-payments may be paid by money order, cashier’s check and personal check.  We are currently working towards an online payment option and hope to have it available for this school year.  If a family owes a remaining co-pay balance from SY2012-13, payment is due at the time of enrollment and before your child may participate in the program.

Apply for a TANF Subsidy

Families who are income eligible and wish to apply for a TANF subsidy to participate for free or at a reduced cost must bring documentation when enrolling in afterschool.  If you are applying for a subsidized co-payment rate, you must bring proof of the following:

  • Parent/guardian relationship to the student (e.g. child’s birth certificate);
  • Household income for all parents/guardians (e.g. three (3) consecutive paystubs dated within 30 days of enrollment date); and
  • Proof of D.C. residency (e.g. gas or water bill dated within 30 days of enrollment date).

If you already receive TANF benefits, please bring documentation of active TANF status dated within the last 30 days, with your current address, and which lists the child’s name.  This type of TANF document meets all three of the documentation requirements.

Vetting cycle for new organizations and renewing organizations

The Office of Out-of-School Time Programs (OSTP) is seeking strong community partners to provide afterschool programs in our schools.  OSTP also is welcoming all organizations that deliver services to students at their own facilities outside of school buildings and invites them to submit a vetting application as well.

All potential providers must go through a thorough vetting process before being selected to provide services in our schools.

The process is a collaborative effort to ensure that all community and neighborhood based organizations that work with our students are stable, effective and able to serve students who are most in need of their services.

DCPS is particularly interested in after school services that support DCPS strategic goals for student achievement in reading, mathematics and other areas:

  • Improve Achievement Rates: At least 70% of our students will be proficient in reading and math, and we will double the number of advanced students in the district.
  • Invest in Struggling Schools: Our 40 lowest-performing schools will increase proficiency rates by 40 percentage points.

The spring vetting cycle for NEW organizations opens on February 26, 2014 and closes on March 28, 2014. Also the after school providers originally vetted in 2008 (Cohort 2008) and the ones vetted in 2011 (Cohort 2011) are ending their three year vetted cycle. Both cohorts need to renew their vetted and approved status by submitting a re-vetting application between February 26and March 28, 2014.

February 26, 2014: First day to apply

March 28, 2014: Last day to apply

Application submitted after the March 28, 2014 deadline will not be considered for Fall of SY14-15.

Submit an application- New Organizations
Submit an application- Cohort 2008 and Cohort 2011 re-vetting

Vetting Process

To obtain information on the vetting process, please download and read the following documents:

Directory of DCPS Community and Neighborhood Organizations

DCPS partners with numerous organizations that provide afterschool services to students in schools and outside of school buildings.  The Directory is a list of vetted and approved service providers, including the organizations’ contact information and the descriptions of services offered.

DCPS Community and Neighborhood Based Organizations Directory SY 2012–2013

Contact Us

Daniela Grigioni
Manager of External Relations for Afterschool Programs
(202) 442-5002

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