Capturing Minds, 
Releasing Imaginations!

Extended Learning Opportunities
A program made possible by the State of Vermont's 21st Century Community Learning Center Program 
and the local school districts 
within the Caledonia Central Supervisory Union:
Barnet, Danville, Peacham, and Walden 

About Our Program

Each of the four schools within the Caledonia Central Supervisory Union (CCSU) offers fun and engaging programs each afternoon for students in grades K-8. Our schools have joined 120 schools throughout the State of Vermont that are addressing the needs of students and families for safe supervised activities following school dismissal. The CCSU program promotes physical activity, growth of the imagination, academic support, and excitement for learning. Helping us are area organizations including the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium, Montshire Museum, Catamount Arts, Northeast Kingdom Astronomy Foundation, University of Vermont Extension, VT Fish and Wildlife, Pope Memorial Library, Peacham Library and Lyndon State College. The program is offered Monday through Friday after regular school hours with parent pick up by 5:30 PM. A five week all day summer program begins each June.

At the very heart of the CCSU’s Extended Learning Opportunities Program is the need to connect students with family, neighbors, and other resources throughout their community. Each school’s site coordinator works with collaborators, teachers, and volunteers to offer a variety of extended learning opportunities in STEM and Literacy, as well as engaging programs including art, music, dance, and outdoor activities. Students are also supported with their homework. Parents and other community members give of their time as volunteers to share their interests and knowledge.

Student Support, Parent, and Community Connections

Ensuring that students are engaged and have a sense of ownership in the program will be two of the important ingredients for our success. Our winter Student Interest Survey found that students want to be active, have fun, and be creative. Cooking, outdoor physical activity, art, and theater were the top choices among students in grades 5 – 8. Of those students not attending their school’s program, the lack of time and other commitments such as participation in sports were the top reasons keeping students from participating.  

At the same time, our Parent Survey found that 94% of parents were either very satisfied (62%) or satisfied (32%) with the quality of programs. Of the 47 parents completing the survey, 98% either totally agreed (79%) or agreed (18%) that the program provided an adult staff member that their child could connect with. Similarly, when asked if they agreed with the following statement: “My child feels supported and encouraged,” 78% totally agreed, and 21% agreed with this statement regarding the program. 

School Year and Summer Programs

Our school year program is offered at each of the four schools Monday – Friday from school dismissal until parent pick up at 5:30 PM. Program activities are scheduled for four, eight week sessions. Choice of activities and enrollment forms are sent home with students prior to the start of the new session. Cost of participation is $4.00 per day for each student, paid in advance.  Students on Free or Reduced lunch may attend for $2.00 per day.  Parents can choose to sign up for as few or as many of the days each week that their child’s interest and schedule will allow. A healthy afternoon snack is provided. Our primary goal is to have children come to the programs. Please do not let the fee deter you from enrolling your child/children. If you have questions about this, please talk to the Site Coordinator.

Our five week summer program is offered at different schools depending on availability. Bus transportation is provided to assist with the shuttle of students from one community to the other. 
The program is offered for five weeks each summer from 7:30AM – 4:00PM. A healthy breakfast, lunch and snack is provided. Registration information will be sent home with students prior to the spring break.

How You Can Get Involved

Do you have an interest or activity that you would like to share with our students?  Perhaps you would like to volunteer to assist with a club or be an extra pair of hands for one of our staff members?  If so, our Site Coordinators would welcome the opportunity to talk with you further about your interest and availability.    


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We welcome our new site coordinators this fall.  Heidi Lyons is our new Site Coordinator at the Peacham School, and Stacey Fox is our new Site Coordinator at the Walden School.