Welcome to Oyster Creative Activities (OCA). An exciting year of fun, games, making friends, homework help and learning is ahead. To ensure that your child has the best experience possible, the after-school staff is carefully selected. We’d like for you to familiarize yourself with the information in the handbook. In order for OCA to be a success, we need your involvement and feedback - please provide the Director/Assistant Director with your suggestions and ideas.

Who we are

OCA is a 501c3 non-profit organization that was created in 1979 to meet the needs of working parents. The program provides an opportunity for children to interact with each other in a friendly environment. We promote social growth through play because it teaches children to solve problems on their own.


The staff act as guides by assisting children in becoming responsible to themselves and the group. They help create a warm and nurturing environment. They’re also aware that each child develops at his/her own rate. With encouragement, respecting each child’s individuality, the staff helps to build the children’s self-esteem. Limits and rules are a necessary part of our program.


Rules help children learn about safety and protect the rights and needs of everyone. These apply to all of our participants. The curriculum and environment of our program are the result of careful planning seeking to promote the growth and development of children. In our planning, we consider group as well as individual needs. Your child may choose with “whom” and with “what” he/she would like to play. Choices are built into almost every situation even when it may not seem so.

We also encourage simple courtesy, caring for our environment and for each other’s well-being. OCA is not a babysitting service. It’s an expansion of your child’s school day, which focuses on the creative child and how he/she functions in a social environment. You, as a parent, are an important and valued part of our program. Staff members and parents work together to help each child reach his/her potential. OCA will enroll Oyster-Adams students from pre-k to 7th grades.




2801 Calvert St. NW
Washington DC, 20008
(202) 671-6130
(202) 671-3087




2501 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 673-7311
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