• We are heart broken that we will not be able to see our kids until next August, due to the extended school closure and COVID-19. We will see everyone back in August with smilies and hugs. We are so excited to talk with the kids & hear all the stories that they will have to tell. Please email the ELC email ( if you have any questions about the upcoming year. 


    There are 3 pre-scheduled Parent/Registration Meeting dates before the school year begins - See dates listed below:

    • Wednesday, August 12, 2020: 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.
    • Thursday, August 13, 2020: 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.
    • Monday, August 17, 2020: 8:00 A.M. to 9:30 A.M.
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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.

Hours of Operation

  • The Extended Learning Center 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.  

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