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Building high-quality, equitable, enrichment opportunities for school-aged children and youth (ages 5-18)

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High-quality, equitable, and state-supported learning opportunities for children (ages 5-18)

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Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO)

Cultivate Learning is broadening our scope to include the ELO field. ELO provides a wide range of enrichment opportunities to school-age children and youth (ages 5-18). These programs operate before and after school, during summers, and on weekends in diverse settings such as parks and recreation departments, youth centers, licensed child care facilities, sports organizations, and community service programs. After almost twenty years of work in evaluation, system building, and professional development for early learning programs, it’s time that we expand our work to improving quality and equity, not only in early learning, but from birth to 18 years.

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Our Impact on Children and Youth

Studies show that attendance and participation in ELO programs have been linked to numerous academic and non-academic gains, including increased school attendance and participation in class, better grades, reduced likelihood of substance abuse, and even better physical, social, and emotional development and well-being.

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The Early Start Act and Quality Initiative Pilot

In Washington State, education policymakers have turned their attention to creating access and equity to quality ELO programs. The Early Start Act, among other directives called for a pilot of a Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) for programs serving school-age children.

In 2016, The Department of Early Learning launched the ELO Quality Initiative, whose ultimate goal is to build a high-quality, equitable, state-supported ELO system for Washington’s school-age children and youth. We developed and implemented a unique study design that captured both an understanding of the quality of existing programs and the impact of coaching on program improvement over a period of eight months.

In year two, Cultivate Learning launched a second ELO study to refine our coaching impact, create new learning opportunities for the field, and engage youth voices in defining ELO quality.

Download ELO Resources

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The Early Start Act and Quality Initiative Pilot

In Washington State, education policymakers have turned their attention to creating access and equity to quality ELO programs. The Early Start Act, among other directives called for a pilot of a Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) for programs serving school-age children.

In 2016, The Department of Early Learning launched the ELO Quality Initiative, whose ultimate goal is to build a high-quality, equitable, state-supported ELO system for Washington’s school-age children and youth. We developed and implemented a unique study design that captured both an understanding of the quality of existing programs and the impact of coaching on program improvement over a period of eight months.

In year two, Cultivate Learning launched a second ELO study to refine our coaching impact, create new learning opportunities for the field, and engage youth voices in defining ELO quality.

Download ELO Resources

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