Expanded Learning

DCAYA is committed to ensuring that all young people have access to quality neighborhood before school, after-school, and summer programs (commonly known as Out-of- School Time Programs). To help reach this goal, DCAYA is working with DC government and CBOs across the city to inform the public about the important, life-changing role that expanded learning programs play in young people’s lives.

Contact us

Email Ramina Davidson, our Director of Housing Stability & Youth Initiatives, with any Expanded Learning related questions, comments, concerns, or general information.


The Afterschool Alliance is dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of investing quality afterschool programming.

From the Expanded Learning and Afterschool Project:

Expanding Minds and Opportunities: Leveraging the Power of Afterschool and Summer Learning for Student Success, edited by Terry K. Peterson, Ph.D., is a groundbreaking compendium of studies, reports and commentaries by more than 100 thought leaders including community leaders, elected officials, educators, researchers, advocates and other prominent authors.

The National Adolescent and Young Adult Health Information Center is a collaborative effort to eliminate disparities in health, safety, positive development, and well-being of youth and their families by focusing on quality health and safety educational programming.

National Center on Time and Learning (NCTL) has documented the practices of high-performing, high-poverty schools that have expanded time to raise achievement, enrich education, and empower teachers. NCTL also tracks expanded-time schools across the country and studies research to understand the relationship between time and learning.

The National Summer Learning Association is a network hub for summer learning program providers and stakeholders across the country by providing tools, resources, and expertise to improve program quality, generate support, and increase youth access and participation.

From the Annenberg Institute for School Reform:

This suite of resources includes research reports, case studies, web-based tools, a VUE issue, and many other resources that emerged from the Time for Equity project, funded by the Ford Foundation and carried out by AISR from 2012-2016, with the goal of building the capacity of schools, districts, communities, and partner organizations to improve educational opportunities in the nation’s most underserved school systems through expanded and reimagined learning time, including the development of twenty-four indicators that school communities can use as “yardsticks” to measure and refine their efforts to create expanded and improved learning opportunities for young people.