• Registration for the 2022-2023 school year will begin August 1, 2022 at 8 am.

    (Registration for the Holiday/Snow Day Program will begin October 3, 2022 at 8 am. Click on the Holiday/Snow Day Program tab on the left for the most up-to-date information.)

    *PLEASE NOTE: Middle School students will NOT initially be considered for enrollment in the after school program in August. Priority will first be given to Kindergarten - 5th grade students enrolling for the most number of days. (Due to waiting lists and increases in operating costs, there will no longer be a discount fee offered for middle school students.)


    To begin registration for the after school program, please click on the name of your child's school from the list at the left of this page and follow the instructions. You must complete and submit this online application in order for your child to be considered for a space in the program for which you are registering. After submitting the form, you will be informed by email whether you are on a waitlist or you can continue the next steps to register.

    Please be aware, if you have never had a child attend our program before, at least one parent/guardian will need to attend a *parent meeting with the program coordinator at your school. This may be virtual or in-person at your request. The program coordinator will contact you by email to set up this meeting.

         See Pre-Scheduled In-Person Parent Meeting times below for all after school sites: 

    • Wednesday, August 17th -- Meeting begins at 6 pm
    • Thursday, August 18th -- Meeting begins at 6 pm
    • Monday, August 22nd -- Meeting begins at 8:15 am


    We MUST have the Parent Authorization Form and Field Trip/Photo release forms signed and returned to the program coordinator BEFORE the child attends his/her first day of the after school program. The Authorization forms and Parent Policy Handbook will be sent to your email after you submit the online registration form and your child's enrollment has been accepted.

    Typically, payment is required in advance before children may attend their first day of the after school program. However, we are excited to announce that due to grant funding, all after school fees are being waived through the end of January 2023 for all children who maintain active attendance in the program at least 1 hour a day for at least 3 days per week. (Exceptions may be made for extended illness with notification from the parent/guardian.)

    Please be prepared to begin making after school fee payments on February 1, 2023. You may review the new fee schedule by clicking on Parent Handbook, Fees, Tax Info, Child Care Voucher Info, & Reduced Rate Eligibility on the left-hand side of this page. (Please note that all fees have increased for the 22-23 School Year.)



    Families that receive Child Care Subsidies, please continue to apply and maintain your child care vouchers since there will be an end to the waived after school fees. If you do have parental fees that you are required to pay, those fees will be paid through the end of January 2023 by our program with the grant funds that we have received. Please be prepared to begin paying those parental fees on February 1, 2023.


    ATTENTION: The after school program uses PROCARE as our parent portal and online payment system. You will find more information on Procare in the left-hand column. All parents/guardians MUST provide an up-to-date email address in order to create a Procare account, which is required to complete the registration process.


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  • 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 – 6:00p.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. The after school centers in each of the K-8 elementary schools and the Holiday/Snow Day program at Hardin Park are licensed as a school-age child care programs by the NC Division of Child Development. They each have achieved a five-star rating, the highest rated license availble, and are independently monitored by state consultants.

    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 center 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 under your child's school in the left hand column. Remember to have child's student number, phone numbers, doctor and insurance information before you get started. You can contact the Program Coordinator from the "Staff Directory" information in the left hand column. After your 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. Please be at the registration class at the stated time, 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.


    Help with Fees

     Subsidies are available to eligible parents through the Department of Social Services, Caldwell Community College (students only), and clients of WAMY Community Action. A limited number of ELC Reduced Rate scholarships are 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 on this page in the same area as the registration link for your school.

    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.