ELO-P: California’s Funding for After-School and Summer Enrichment Programs

California’s commitment to the holistic development of its youth is evident through the Expanded Learning Opportunities Program (ELO-P), a statewide initiative providing funding for afterschool and summer school enrichment programs. The National Academy of Athletics (NAofA) proudly aligns with the goals of ELO-P by offering engaging and educational youth sports programs that contribute to the academic, social, emotional, and physical growth of students.

What is ELO-P?

The Expanded Learning Opportunities Program focuses on transitional kindergarten through sixth grade, supporting after-school and summer enrichment programs. “Expanded learning” encompasses activities before school, after school, during the summer, or intersession, aiming to address the diverse needs and interests of kids through hands-on, interactive experiences. ELO-P emphasizes kid-centered, results-driven programs that involve community partners, complementing regular school-day activities.

Bridging Gaps through After-School Programs

NAofA’s after-school programs serve as a valuable extension of the classroom, providing a safe and enjoyable environment for children to explore sports, play games, and be physically active with their peers. These programs contribute to the overall development of students by fostering essential life skills such as teamwork, leadership, and responsibility. By offering a structured platform for cooperative play, the NAofA helps children develop social and communication skills organically, without direct parental guidance.

Program Logistics

NAofA’s After-School Programs are conveniently held on school campuses immediately after class dismissal. Students gather at a designated meeting spot for check-in with NAofA instructors. The curriculum, equipment, and expert coaches are provided by the NAofA, ensuring a seamless and enriching experience for the youth.

Educated and Committed Staff

NAofA prioritizes the safety and well-being of every child by maintaining a highly trained and committed staff. All employees undergo a rigorous interview and training process, including fingerprinting using the National Academy of Athletics Department of Justice ORI #AH956. Additionally, staff members complete mandated training programs, including the California Department of Social Services mandated reporter training, ORCAS concussion protocol training, sexual abuse and molestation awareness program, Talk.Teach.Play.®, Challenging Child, NAofA Bully Prevention program, and provide proof of current TB and tetanus clearance.

Empowering Through Sports

NAofA’s mission extends beyond sports fundamentals; we are committed to promoting positive physical and mental development among children. We strive to combat childhood obesity and anxiety by instilling healthy lifestyles through the transformative power of youth sports. NAofA’s expert coaches provide specialized athletic instruction, setting students on a path toward personal growth, optimism, and confidence both on and off the field.

The partnership between the National Academy of Athletics and California’s Expanded Learning Opportunities Program exemplifies a shared commitment to fostering the well-rounded development of the state’s youth. Through NAofA’s after-school programs, students have the opportunity to engage in enriching sports experiences that contribute to their academic, social, and physical growth. Together, ELO-P and NAofA are shaping a brighter future for California’s youth, one after-school program at a time. As the NAofA grows as a franchise, we hope to find opportunities such as ELO-P in California, in other states to continue to help schools help our youth.

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