Expanded Learning ProgramsThe Expanded Learning Programs Initiative focuses on supporting students beyond the normal school hours to develop their academic, social, emotional, and physical needs and interests.
The 2021–22 Budget Act authorized the ongoing Expanded Learning Opportunities Program (ELO-P) and provided $1.74 billion for school districts and charter schools to provide in-person expanded learning opportunities to students from transitional kindergarten through grade six.
The Legislature and the governor have agreed that, subject to future appropriations, the program is intended to grow to provide funding of $2,500 per unduplicated pupil and reach a total scale of $5 billion in annual funding. At full implementation, the program is intended to provide all students with no-cost or low-cost access to nine hours of developmentally appropriate academics and enrichment activities per instructional day and for 30 non-school days.
- Program tools, requirements, and updated FAQs can be found at the California Department of Education (CDE) ELO-P web page.
- Additional guidance and support can be found on the CDE Statewide System of Support for Expanded Learning web page.
- The California Collaborative for Educational Excellence and the California AfterSchool Network both serve as program support for LEAs receiving ELO-P funding.
Expanded Learning Programs is one key part of State Superintendent Tony Thurmond’s Transforming School Initiatives.