Registration for the 2022-2023 school year will not be available until August 1, 2022.
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 put this online application in 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 attended our program before, you will need to attend a conference 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.
Registration is not complete until you make your first initial payment. The first payment includes attendance for both months of August and September. Your next payment will not be due until October 1, 2022. Payment in advance is required before your child attends their first day.
We also must have the Parent Authorization Form signed and Field Trip/Photo release before the child attends his/her first day of after school. The Authorization form 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.
REGISTRATION IS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY WITH THE PROGRAM COORDINATOR AT YOUR SCHOOL.
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.
INITIALLY, PRIORITY FOR REGISTRATION IS GIVEN TO THE YOUNGEST CHILDREN REGISTERING FOR THE MOST NUMBER OF DAYS.
THE WEDNESDAY BEFORE SCHOOL BEGINS WE WILL BEGIN MAKING ENROLLMENT DECISIONS BASED ON CHILDREN ENROLLING FOR THE MOST NUMBER OF DAYS THAT HAVE ALREADY SUBMITTED THE ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM UP TO THE TOTAL NUMBER OF SLOTS AVAILABLE. THIS WILL HOPEFULLY ALLOW PARENTS THE OPPORTUNITY TO KNOW AHEAD OF THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL IF THEY WILL BE ON A WAITLIST AND HOW TO PLAN ACCORDINGLY.
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.