The Extended Learning Opportunities (ELO) Unit, in the Office of Student Support Services, administers the federally-funded 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) Program for out-of-school-time programs in New Jersey, which include before-school, afterschool, or summer. The 21st CCLC Program purposes to advance student achievement to promote knowledge, skills, and understanding through enriching, hands-on and creative opportunities that complement the school day.
Afterschool programs provide not only a safe place to go, but also provide our youth with necessary workforce development skills, while equipping them with life skills that will nurture and encourage positive, healthy choices. The ELO Unit, as a part of its mission to provide leadership, direction, and support to educators and parents, routinely reviews resource materials and information, as well as researches best practices, to stay current in the area of out-of-school programming. In an effort to build lasting public support for quality afterschool programs across New Jersey, the ELO Unit has partnered with the New Jersey School Age Care Coalition - the New Jersey Afterschool Network.
To learn more about New Jersey's afterschool initiatives or the importance of afterschool programs feel free to peruse the information provided in the left column.