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.
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.