Expanded Learning Opportunities

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Quality Afterschool and Summer Opportunities for Nebraska K-12 Youth

What is an ELO?

The term Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELOs) describes an array of safe and structured programs that offer healthy growth, development and academic opportunities for youth.

In Nebraska, 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLCs) are ELOs that provide educational and enrichment opportunities for K-12 youth when they’re not in school (afterschool, during the summer and/or days when school is not in session).  The priority for a 21st CCLC is to provide hands-on learning and positive youth development experiences for students who may have an opportunity gap, such as living in poverty, or are highly mobile, or are limited English proficient, or those who may start the school year learning below their grade level.

The framework for 21st Century Community Learning Center ELOs is school/community partnerships that offer a range of supervised activities, intentionally designed to encourage learning and development outside the typical school day yet aligned with the school day goals and objectives.  Click here for more information on the 21st Century Community Learning Center program in Nebraska.