• Extended Learning Solutions (ELS) After School Program operates quality after-school programs on school premises that provide a value-added choice to parents, children, schools and school districts.  Extended Learning Solutions mission is to support and maintain the philosophy of developmentally appropriate practices for young children, specifically to provide a high quality of educational and developmental services for school-age children ages 3-13.

    Each after school program provides small group academic instruction by trained personnel, as well as stimulating enrichment activities, recreational opportunities, and assistance with homework.

    Each staff person is trained, supported with developmentally appropriate curriculum and materials, and motivated to meet the individual and group needs of the children enrolled. Qualified teachers and assistants facilitate Language Arts and Math activities—academic in nature—for approximately 30minutes a day Monday–Thursday.

    Learning enrichment occurs in small group sessions, and students are grouped by ability, therefore, targeting those in need of special help or encouragement.  Time for completing homework is also scheduled during the program day.  Educational assistants are available at each site to aid students with any questions they may have.  ELS utilizes a holistic approach; thus, time is allotted for arts and crafts activities as a creative outlet, and recreational activities are designed to promote physical and social development.

    Extended Learning Solutions currently serves 23 elementary schools, one middle school and approximately 800 children in the Jackson Public School District. ELS continues to sustain its established level of excellence through innovative service and collaborative endeavors with university and community partnerships. The program serves as a  tool of transformation, empowerment, and growth for the children, families and communities it serves.