This report, “The Funding Landscape of Out-of-School Time Programs in the District of Columbia: Sources of Funds, Uses of Funds, and Financing Gaps,” describes the current funding landscape of out-of-school time (OST) programs in the District of Columbia. It explores where funding for OST programs comes from, where funds are distributed, and how these funds are used. The report also explores the potential fiscal needs of expanding OST programs, opportunities that are available to expand and better use existing funds, and bottlenecks that might impair expansion efforts.

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This report received support from the District of Columbia Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education to fulfill the Office of Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes Establishment Act of 2016 requirement to conduct a citywide Out-of-School Time needs assessment. United Way of the National Capital Area commissioned the report.

This report would not have been possible without the cooperation of community-based OST providers, area foundations, District government officials, and other stakeholders who shared their experiences with researchers and responded to requests for information. Research Associate Simone Roy provided additional research and writing assistance.

2019, D.C. Policy Center, Washington D.C.


Feature photo by Alicia Pimental/Chesapeake Bay Program (source), used under Creative Commons license (CC BY-NC 2.0).

D.C. Policy Center Fellows are independent writers, and we gladly encourage the expression of a variety of perspectives. The views of our Fellows, published here or elsewhere, do not reflect the views of the D.C. Policy Center.

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