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This is no longer a website for the Watauga County Schools.  Please go to ​www.watauga.k12.nc.us/ to see the current website.  If you were directed to this page by the search engine on the current site and are having difficulty finding the information you need on that site, please contact your school if you are seeking school information or Marshall Ashcraft (ashcraftm@watauga.k12.nc.us) for district information.  Thank you. 
After School -Extended Learning Centers (ELC)

Thank you for a great year with the Extended Learning Centers!  Updated registration forms will be available August 1, 2016 below under Parent Forms. Information and registration class dates at each school for the upcoming 2016-17 school year will also be available at the same time. New fees will be approved at the August board meeting and will be posted August 9, 2016.  Have a safe and fun summer! 


Our programs will begin the first day of school on August 22, 2016.
Kindergarteners must have attended their first day of school before attending. 


Applications for the reduced rate scholarship will be available starting August 1, 2016. This year applications must be submitted on or before August 10, 2016 for the school year. If spaces remain available after this date we will continue to accept applications but they will not be applicable until September 1 for the next round of approval. Subsequent application periods will end on the 20th of each month for the following month.  Since spaces for these scholarships are limited and fill up at the beginning of the year please consider applying as soon as possible. Once all spaces are filled we will compile a waiting list based on eligibility approval then first come, first served status.  All required information must be submitted before you will be considered for approval. 

Mission Statement
The mission of the Watauga County Schools Extended Learning Centers is to promote the academic mission of Watauga County Schools while providing the working parents of our community a sanctuary of safety as well as intellectual, social, emotional, and physical well-being for their children.  It is the staff’s intent to inspire each child to his or her highest potential while providing a fun and positive atmosphere. 


Extended Learning Center Program Summary
The Extended Learning Center (ELC) after school program offers supervised educational, recreational, and enrichment activities 2:30 – 6:00 p.m. for Watauga County Schools students in grades K-5 at each elementary school.  We open at 12:00 on scheduled early release days, but do not operate on holidays, teacher work days, or when schools are closed or dismissed early due to inclement weather. A holiday/work day/snow day program is available at Hardin Park for most of these situations. Each after school site is licensed as a school-age child care program by the NC Division of Child Development.

Program Personnel and Management 
An after school Program Coordinator is in charge of daily operations on-site, including supervision of staff, activity planning, ordering and organizing materials and supplies, and compliance with licensing regulations and program polices. Most personnel are ASU students majoring in education or a related field. All personnel receive criminal background checks and each site has personnel trained in CPR and First Aid. Child/staff ratios are typically in the range of 11-18:1. Overall program management is provided by Pam Shirley (264-7190).

How do I enroll my child?
Please note that registration is required before a child can attend the program. Because licensing regulations require certain policies be explained directly to parents, even when the policies are also provided in writing,registration must be completed in person with the Program Coordinator.  However, you can speed up registration by filling out the online registration form provided below under "LINKS". Choose the school where your child will be attending. Remember to have all phone numbers, doctor and insurance information before you get started.  You can contact the Program Coordinator from the "Department Contacts" information below (click on the school).  After the online registration is submitted, parents must attend a policy class. To make these classes as expeditious as possible please be prepared to spend between 30 minutes to 1 hour. Parents who are late may be scheduled for another class. During the policy class you will be given a parent handbook, asked to pay fees for the first month in advance and sign a statement of understanding.   
After the initial registration at the beginning of the school year, registration is by appointment only

New 2015-2016 Fees 
Fees for each child range from $89. per month for 2 days per week to $175. per month for 5 days per week. Since we must hire and pay staff based on expected attendance, fees are charged for each day a child is registered to attend, including absences.  Subsidies are available to eligible parents through the Department of Social Services, Caldwell Community College (students only), and clients of WAMY Community Action. An ELC Reduced Rate scholarship is available to low income parents who do not qualify for child care subsidies available from the Department of Social Services. Parents must apply and be approved for the scholarship.  Applications are available below on this page in the same area as the registration under "LINKS". The costs of a daily snack and program supplies are included in the program fees (see complete Fee Scale at the bottom of the page under the Additional Information section). Fees for the upcoming school year are normally announced sometime in July after the Board meeting. You may check back here to see if the fees have been updated for the year during the month of July.

After filling out the online registration form under "LINKS" below you should contact your program coordinator to attend a policy class and to go over the Parent Handbook.
 
Is there an option for middle school students? 
Students in grades 6-8 can obtain after school services with our programs or through Western Youth Network (WYN) 264-5174.   See WYN’s website at  www.westernyouthnetwork.org for details on their after school program. A limited number of middle school students can participate as volunteers in the Watauga County Schools after school program for reduced fees; contact your school’s Program Coordinator for details.   

*******HOLIDAY/WORK DAY/SNOW DAY PROGRAM*******
Click on HOLIDAY/WORK DAY/SNOW DAY PROGRAM
 above to visit our webpage 

 




 
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Additional Parent Information
 Eligibility Standards (2).docx
Do you qualify for Reduced Rates?
 Online Payment Instructions.docx
Create your own portal to view your account payment history, print tax documents or make online payments. Next, sign on to the Online Payment Portal under Parent Forms above.
Department Contacts
+ BETHEL, LaTrisha Hook
+ Billie Lister, Billing
+ BLOWING ROCK, Lynn Miller
+ COVE CREEK, Chelsea Campbell
+ GREEN VALLEY, Mark Fanatico
+ HARDIN PARK ELC & SNOW DAY, Kyle Inlow
+ Jennifer Carroll, Payments
+ MABEL, Patricia Sperry
+ Pamela Shirley, After School Director
+ PARKWAY, Trevor Owens
+ VALLE CRUCIS, Dana Holden
Click on name to see details.

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