ELO News

21C Grant Application Progress and 2018 Summer Program

posted Jan 24, 2018, 7:05 AM by David Irwin - ELO

As you know, this is the year that E.L.O. has to renew our application for the 21C Federal Grant. This grant will help support the program for another 5 years. Our grant application is on track to be submitted by February 5th. We will know if we have been awarded the grant by April 27th.

So that you can count on ELO being here for you in the summer months, in February we will seek approval from the school board to hold the 5-week summer program with our without grant funding.

Important Message!

posted Dec 7, 2017, 12:25 PM by Donna Gaston

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Community Members,

We have recently become aware of a dangerous game called the Pass Out Game, Blackout Game or the Choking Game.  The game has several forms, the one that has surfaced locally is the most dangerous form.  In short, one person chokes another person until the individual passes out.  The game is popular because bystanders enjoy watching the victim fall and victims volunteer because the experience produces a temporary high.  Please talk to your children about the dangers of this game-includingphysical injury, lasting mental injury, and in some cases death.  Signs that individuals have participated in this game includebruising or marks around the neck, bloodshot eyes, headaches, and disorientation.  We care deeply about your children and want to make sure you have information that might assist you in preventing children from participating in this activity.


Dr. Mathew G. Forest

Superintendent, CCSU

Proposed Budget Cuts Threaten After-School Programs Across Vermont

posted Mar 28, 2017, 6:39 AM by damon.cawley@ccsuonline.org   [ updated Mar 28, 2017, 6:40 AM ]

"If Congress approves the cuts, after-school programs that help thousands of Vermont children would take a big hit.

These are programs that offer supervision, tutoring and in some cases meals before and after school and during the summer."

"...a number of studies, including a U.S. Department of Education Report, conclude that student participation in after school programs has led to improvement in achievement and behavior.  

Emanuel Betz says Vermont has noted similar benefits.  

Betz is the state coordinator for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program, which oversees 103 after-school and summer learning programs in Vermont. According to the most recent 21 C state handbook, approximately 15,000 youth and 6,000 regular attendees are served across the state."

"Betz calls the $5.5 million the state receives annually for these programs a good investment.

'We’re certainly seeing an increase where regular attendees are going to school more on average, we’re seeing a really strong trend in their academic performance and we’re also seeing a lot of skill-based positive effects such as building confidence, friendships, collaboration skills, research, et cetera,'" Betz says."

Time To Act: Help Stop the Elimination of Federal Funding for Afterschool

posted Mar 21, 2017, 8:14 AM by damon.cawley@ccsuonline.org   [ updated Mar 21, 2017, 8:15 AM ]

Reach out to your Congressional representatives TODAY and ask them to support the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) Program.

Representative Peter Welch: (202-225-4115)
Senator Patrick Leahy: (202-224-4242)
Senator Bernie Sanders: (202-224-5141)


After School and Summer Learning Programs Need Your Support

posted Mar 14, 2017, 5:57 AM by damon.cawley@ccsuonline.org   [ updated Mar 14, 2017, 6:00 AM ]

Reach out to House and Senate Appropriators to protect afterschool choices

Congress is getting ready to determine whether local afterschool and summer learning programs—relied on by millions of families to keep kids safe and engaged—remain open, reduce their services or close their doors. If federal funding is cut, many programs may not survive. More than a million children could be affected, leaving parents without reliable afterschool choices.

More than 10 million kids participate in afterschool programs every day. Across the country, another 20 million are still waiting for an opportunity to take part. These students need an increase in afterschool resources—not a cut.

You can make a difference: call on Congress to protect funding for afterschool and summer learning programs.


Previewing the 115th Congress: What does it mean for afterschool?

posted Jan 10, 2017, 8:59 AM by damon.cawley@ccsuonline.org

It is difficult to predict exactly which policy issues will come to the forefront in the new Congress, but many in Washington expect a number of education policy issues to be addressed, including targeting college access and affordability issues through reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA).

Additionally, the Perkins Career and Technical Education (CTE) actchild nutrition reauthorization, and the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) reauthorization may all see new life in the 115th Congress after failing to cross the finish line this year. All of these represent opportunities to strengthen existing support, or in some cases, build new support, for local afterschool and summer learning programs and the school and community partnerships that sustain them.



posted Dec 6, 2016, 7:22 AM by damon.cawley@ccsuonline.org

"...investing in education is investing in the economy. And right now, we absolutely need investment in afterschool and summer programs — especially targeting rural communities where working parents often travel over some distance to their jobs or piece together multiple jobs and are gone for longer hours. Afterschool and summer camp programs allow parents to work a full day while their children are safe and learning."



posted Nov 8, 2016, 11:09 AM by damon.cawley@ccsuonline.org

"The majority of future careers will require some STEM skills. Here in Vermont, we will see an 18% increase in STEM jobs in the next four years alone, with 87% of these jobs requiring postsecondary education & training. Research shows that early engagement and sustained opportunities throughout a child’s development will yield greater success in STEM fields. In sum, the STEM job sector is growing and building STEM skills now helps to benefit all in the future.

Afterschool, summer learning, and expanded learning programs are well-positioned to complement and supplement school-day learning with experiences outside of the classroom. These programs provide youth with the opportunity to explore STEM topics in a flexible, hands-on, inquiry-based environment. Kids can enjoy more freedom and time to dive deeper in STEM subjects that spark their interests."


Participation in Summer Learning Programs Yields Positive Outcomes

posted Oct 11, 2016, 10:01 AM by damon.cawley@ccsuonline.org   [ updated Oct 11, 2016, 10:02 AM ]

By Erin Murphy

A new report shows that high levels of participation in summer learning programs can provide positive benefits for low-income students’ math and language arts performance and social-emotional skills. Last week, The Wallace Foundation released Learning from Summer: Effects of Voluntary Summer Learning Programs on Low-Income Urban Youththe third and final report analyzing the outcomes of their National Summer Learning Project.

This report, conducted by the RAND Corporation, is part of a six-year study offering the first-ever assessment of the effectiveness of voluntary, no-cost summer learning programs on the academic achievement, social-emotional competencies, and behavior of low-income, urban, elementary students. In fall 2013, third grade students enrolled in one of five urban school districts—Boston, Dallas, Jacksonville (FL), Pittsburgh, or Rochester (NY)—were selected to participate in the study. Half of the students were invited to participate in summer programming while half were not, and data on academic performance, social emotional skills, behavior and attendance was collected on both groups through the end of seventh grade.

Key findings on summer learning programs:

  • Students who were “high-attenders”—those attending a summer program at least 20 days—saw near and long-term positive effects in math assessments throughout the study.
  • High-attenders saw near and long-term positive effects in language arts assessments after the second summer of programming.
  • High-attenders saw positive benefits for their social and emotional skills after the second summer of programming.
  • When programs focused on math or language arts, students saw lasting positive gains in these subjects. Students who received a minimum of 25 hours of math instruction or 34 hours in language arts instruction during the summer outperformed students who did not receive the same level of instruction in the relevant subject in fall assessments. The report also found that the positive effects lasted into the spring after the second summer.
  • Providing students an invitation to attend did not lead to substantial long-term benefits, because of high rates of non-participation and low-attendance rates.



posted Sep 27, 2016, 7:52 AM by damon.cawley@ccsuonline.org

Vermont currently has no dedicated state funding to ensure that after school and summer learning programs are available and accessible to all.

More than 21,000 Vermont K-12 youth are enrolled in after school, but 22,000+ are waiting for an available program.

Quality after school and summer learning programs keep kids safe & healthy, inspire learners, help working families, and support Vermont’s vision for education. Vermont has the lowest level of low-income children enrolled in after school in the entire nation. Help to zap all the gaps–the achievement gap, opportunity gap, geographic gap, and homework gap—by supporting a $2.5 million appropriation to the ELO Special Fund. 

The ELO Special Fund was passed in 2015 as part of Act 48, which included language establishing a state fund for ELOs. The purpose of the ELO Special Fund is to expand access to programs that serve preK-12 children and youth outside the school day on a regular basis, including before and after school, school vacation weeks, and summer.

An annual appropriation of $2.5 million would help to ensure that all high-need communities in Vermont get the support they need to make sure that children, youth, and families have access to quality afterschool and summer learning programs. 

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