Project Resilience: A Plumas Lake Expanded Learning Opportunities Program
Project Resilience is an after-school enrichment program for students in TK-6th grade through the Expanded Learning Opportunities Program (ELO-P
). This program is designed to provide mindful enrichment and creative engagement opportunities for students. This program contracts and develops programming centered in social-emotional learning to reach the needs of the whole child. STEAM programming will eventually include but not be limited to science, technology, engineering, art, music, dance, coding, interactive reading, and creative writing. The program delivery will be centered in mindful movement; joyful journaling; and resilience. Enrollment will open this summer and will be based on student need as defined by California Department of Education (CDE) guidelines. Students have struggled significantly since the start of the pandemic, and this after-school enrichment seeks to provide students with a safe space to investigate, play, and engage.
Expanded Learning Opportunities Program Background
As per the CDE: “The Expanded Learning Opportunities Program (ELO-P) provides enrichment programs for transitional kindergarten through 6th grade. “Expanded learning” …focus[es] on developing the academic, social, emotional, and physical needs and interests of pupils through hands-on, engaging experiences. It is the intent of the Legislature that expanded learning programs are pupil-centered, results driven, include community partners, and complement, but do not replicate learning activities in the regular school day and school year.” Plumas Lake Elementary School District will prioritize after-school enrichment based on needs assessments.
(1) “Expanded learning opportunities” has the same meaning as “expanded learning” is defined in Section 8482.1. “Expanded learning opportunities” does not mean an extension of instructional time, but rather opportunities to engage pupils in enrichment, play, nutrition, and other developmentally appropriate activities.
Initial enrollment will be limited and tiered by student need. Student enrollment will be categorized by cohort: (TK-1); (2-4) and (5-6), and availability will increase gradually, as our ELO-P staff is solidified and trained. It is important for parents and guardians to continue to secure childcare until the program is fully developed.
- Enrollment priority will be needs based. Needs will be based on several categories as defined by the California Department of Education, CDE.
- Enrollment is not guaranteed. If the program is full, you will be added to the waitlist and the waitlist will be tiered by eligibility.
- To meet the needs of youth, three cohorts will be created (TK-1); (2-4); and (5-6). Thus, enrollment will occur in multiple waves throughout the school year with 10-30 students per cohort. We will continue enrolling students as more staff is acquired.
- Live Loud is not currently contracted at Cobblestone Elementary to provide after-school care. If you have daycare or after-school care with a family member or at a facility, it is advised that you maintain your care until you have received an enrollment confirmation for ELO-P. A list of local care providers will be provided if you are on the waitlist.
- ELO-P is brand new, and a staff is being acquired in real-time. We are reaching out to local college students, parents/guardians, and teachers who may be interested in joining ELO-P.
As we design this program, we are requesting patience and guidance. It will take time to develop a quality program your student will both benefit from and love. We are committed to the perseverance of this program.
Nena Weinsteiger Guzman,
Coordinator, Expanded Learning Opportunities Program