• Dear Parents,

    As we manuver the school and  after school closings, please know that our hearts are with the children and families of our community. As of the closing this week, after school parents were credited with half the month of March back to their accounts so that when we return you will be ready to start back without payment for the first half month.  Those who request refunds will be refunded for half a month with checks being mailed within two to four weeks. Please be aware that if you were refunded for March you will need to pay in advance of service once the programs are reopened.

    We will make important announcements regarding after school on this page. Please refer to the Coronavirus page on the district website for all other school related updates and information.


    Thank you and stay well!!

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  • Welcome to After School

    Welcome to another great year in After School! Registration forms for the 2019-20 school year are now available under your school heading in the left hand column. In addition to completing the online registration, you must also attend a class with the Program Coordinatior and pre-pay at your school to complete enrollment.

    You should be contacted by the Program Coordinator after submitting the online form to set up a meeting time. Contact information for each program coordinator is under each school heading in case you are not contacted right away.

    During your scheduled appointment, the Program Coordinator will go over child care policy, fees, and additional program information. Payment will be expected for the first month in advance of service, and may be given to the Program Coordinator during the meeting. The first payment at registration is the only time the program coordinator may accept payment. Afterward, you will be billed and payment must be made at the Central Office. You will receive an invoice by email for the next and subsequent payments.

    At the beginning of school the first payment will cover both August and September and your next payment will be due October 1. Please note that after the first initial payment, the Program Coordinator will be unable to accept payments. 

    Our programs begin the first day of school and end on the next to the last day of the school year.

    Kindergarteners must have attended their first day of school before attending.

    Click Here to Access the 2019-2020 ELC Registration Form

    Registration/Reduced Rate Scholarships

    Applications for the reduced rate scholarship will be available at the same time registration materials are available. This year applications must be submitted on or before August 15, 2019 to be approved for August/September. If spaces remain available after this date we will continue to accept applications. Subsequent application periods will end on the 20th of each month for the upcoming month (applications received after August 15 will be reviewed for the beginning of October, before October 20 for the beginning of November, etc.). Since spaces for these scholarships are limited and fill up at the beginning of the year please consider applying as soon as possible. We only have 15 half-rate scholarships for the entire county. Once all spaces are filled we will compile a waiting list. All applications will be considered based on eligibility first, and secondly on a first come, first served status. No application will be considered for approval until ALL required documentation is submitted. Before school begins you must submit required documentation to the Central Office. Once school begins you may submit documentation to the Central Office at 175 Pioneer Trail, Boone, 28607 to Pam Shirley or scan and email to shirleyp@wataugaschools.org or to the Program Coordinator at your school.

    Click Here to Access the 2019-2020 ELC Reduced Rate Application




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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.

    Click Here to Access the 2019-2020 ELC Registration Form

    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.