Extended Learning and Community Schools (ELCs) creates opportunities for school communities to engage and inspire Denver youth and families. We oversee many of the after-school programs in the district, serving around 8,000 students every year and increasing equity for our families in the district by ensuring students can be supported outside of the school day. Our programs include:
- Discovery Link: This is a licensed before and after-school care program for school-age children at 43 elementary schools in DPS.
- Extended Learning: We provide schools with grant funding opportunities to support before and after school programs in partnership with the DPS Foundation. Extended Learning provides schools with data and quality supports in after-school programs as partners of the Denver Afterschool Alliance.
- Community Partnerships: We work with partners who are committed to providing programs and services to support the diverse needs of our students. There are currently almost 500 community partners who serve DPS students through programs during and outside of school.
- Professional Development: We provide free weekly professional development opportunities to support the greater out-of-school time field across the Denver Metro Area in collaboration with the Denver Quality Afterschool Connection (DQUAC) Leadership Team. DQUAC offers 65 free Professional Development sessions a year for diverse audiences from site staff to executive directors reaching over 400 unique participants.
All of our programs provide DPS students a safe, enriching place to continue their studies, explore new skills and make friends during out-of-school time. Our vision is to provide high quality programming every day at every site. We support social, emotional and academic learning, increase family participation and community engagement, and expand middle school programming, helping Every Child Succeed.