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Expand Learning for ALL DC Youth!

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#ExpandLearningDC

As DC Council meets this spring to consider and vote on the District’s funding priorities for fiscal year 2017, the DC Alliance of Youth Advocates and a broad community coalition are promoting greater funding for and access to quality community and neighborhood-based afterschool and summer learning opportunities for all DC students.

We believe that the District of Columbia could be a leader among states and cities in how we ensure these educational resources are within reach for all kids, regardless of what school they attend or what ward they live in.

By signing on to #ExpandLearningDC, you are helping to increase awareness among policy makers and education leaders of the District’s opportunity gap for afterschool and summer learning, as well as the positive results expanded learning has on the well-being of children and youth.

The District surpasses any state in its shortage of afterschool opportunities:

  • Students who are considered “at-risk” of academic failure due to poverty make up about half of DCPS’s pre-K through 12th grade students. Yet last school year, only some 6,790 afterschool slots were available to DCPS students.
  • The Afterschool Alliance estimates that more than 70% of elementary and middle school kids in DC would participate in an afterschool program if one were available to them. Despite this demand, funding has followed a downward trend in recent years, meaning still fewer spots in afterschool for kids who need them most.

So what needs to happen? Increased support for what is already happening all over the city:

  • DC’s community-based providers have some of the best afterschool and summer programs in the country, and they offer expanded learning affordably or free to students who would not otherwise have access. In FY2015, they brought an estimated $20 million of in-kind resources to DCPS.
  • As other states and localities increasingly see funding for afterschool and summer learning as a major policy goal, funding in the District has actually been declining. This year, through our collective efforts we intend to reverse this troubling trend in 2017 and beyond.

The DC Alliance of Youth Advocates is a coalition of youth-engaged organizations, youth and concerned residents. And we are advocating for:

  • Full access to quality expanded learning opportunities for all DC students.
  • Increased awareness of the positive results expanded learning has on the well-being of children.
  • A stable, multi-year funding stream of at least $10 million in the next school year for quality expanded learning opportunities.


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