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PUSD Extended Student Services (ESS)

Grades TK-5

ESS is for Grades TK-5
15250 Avenue of Science, San Diego, CA 92128
(858) 521-2800
Christine Carrera, Director (858) 521-2850
Reggie Webster, Assistant Director (858) 521-2855
Myra Prather, Operations Supervisor (858) 521-2845
Marcy Newman, Operations Supervisor (858) 521-2800 ext. 2229
Ella Boom, School Administrative Assistant (858) 521-2848

The Extended Student Services (ESS) Program extends Poway Unified School District's educational program into the hours before and after school, and during school vacations, for elementary school aged children. ESS provides a comprehensive program of developmentally appropriate curriculum and activities. ESS is fee based. Check out the fee schedule in the vertical menu on the right. Please contact the ESS Supervisor at your child's school for information or to enroll. See the ESS Websites by clicking on ESS Sites in the side menu.

ESS is a voluntary use program. All PUSD elementary schools have an Extended Student Services program on their campus. Our organization works diligently to accommodate and serve working families in need of before and after school care. A student's enrollment at an elementary school does not guarantee them ESS enrollment. As a growing organization, each ESS site may experience limitations that factor into the enrollment capacity and may prohibit the acceptance of additional students at any given time.

Families Interested in ESS for the

2024-2025 School Year

New families will be able to fill out the interest list when the registration packet has been accepted by the school and parents receive their parent account login information from IT.
Click the link below to fill out the interest list.
4/24/2024: Please take note of important updates to the lottery draw timeline for the 24-25 School Year.
Note that we anticipate that interest in the ESS program will greatly exceed the enrollment capacity, resulting in many families being placed on a waitlist.
Families that need alternate options for childcare can visit the San Diego County Centralized Eligibility List.


24-25 ESS Enrollment Timeline:

March 18 - May 31 ESS Interest Application Opens (Link above)
June 1 - 14 ESS Interest Application Closed for Maintenance
June 7 Lottery Draw for ALL Grades
June 10 - 14 Families will be notified whether their child(ren) have been accepted to register for the program or if placed on a waitlist.
June 17 ESS Interest Application will Re-Open
June 24 - July 8
Families will need to complete registration in ProCare.
Once notified of acceptance into the program for the 24-25 school year, official ESS enrollment links will be emailed to families.
Families MUST complete the online registration by Monday, July 8.
Failure to complete the online registration by the date will forfeit your spot.
August 5
Second Chance Draw if space permits (by site)


Effective for the 2024-2025 school year, new applications to the ESS program will be centrally managed by the District Office, Before/After School Department through a single application and interest list.

Your child(ren) must be enrolled at their neighborhood school to which you are applying for ESS, this also applies to families with TK students.  All families with children in elementary school interested in participating in ESS during the 2024-25 school year are required to submit an online application. This includes children currently on the waitlist (for 2023-24).

An application must be completed for each child applying for ESS. This year's application will be available online beginning Monday, March 18, 2024, at 12:00 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time). An email address and internet access will be required to create an account to complete an application. The application must be completed and submitted online.  You may access the application through a mobile device such as a cell phone or tablet with internet connection.

All information provided on the application is subject to verification. Falsifying any of the information may disqualify the applicant from receiving ESS services.

It is anticipated that the demand for ESS services may exceed the program capacity at most schools; therefore, it is extremely important that the application be completed and submitted within the initial application timeline (see timeline below). Applicants are accepted into the program based on the rating system outlined below, up to the capacity for each school's program.

Applications became available online beginning Monday, March 18, by 12:00 pm PST and will remain open throughout the school year.

Children will be accepted for enrollment based on prioritization assigned through the lottery. The lottery rankings will be based on the prioritization criteria detailed below, up to the capacity for each school's program. Once ESS has reached its capacity, children not accepted for enrollment will be automatically placed on a waitlist, in the same order of priority determined by the lottery and will be offered an opportunity to enroll as space becomes available throughout the school year.

Parents/guardians may choose to have their child(ren) attend either the before-school and/or after-school programs, if applicable. Choosing only the before-school or after-school program will not affect the rating of the application.

Each application will be rated for the lottery based on the following criteria (listed in order of greatest to least priority):

  1. Unduplicated Pupil (UPP): Foster, McKinney Vento (Homeless), Socioeconomically Disadvantaged, or English Language Learner
  2. PUSD Employee
  3. Families with one parent/guardian currently on military deployment (a copy of orders may be required upon request) 
  4. Single-parent household
  5. Dual parent working family (both parents working at least 40 hours a week)
  6. Was on waitlist for the previous school year

All homeless and foster youth will receive the highest priority for enrollment. Students that meet multiple criteria will be ranked higher in priority, accordingly.


For additional information regarding ESS enrollment at your child's school, you can email [email protected].

Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO-P) Interest List

The State of California has recently passed legislation providing funding for afterschool and summer or intersession enrichment opportunities for students in grades TK-6. In PUSD, access to these opportunities will be provided through our Extended Student Services (ESS) program for students in TK-5. (6th grade students can access the ASES program at the middle school). Enrollment in ESS through this state-funded program depends on the availability of funding, space in the ESS program at your school, and eligibility criteria.

You may be eligible for free or reduced-fee ESS services if you are eligible for free or reduced-price school lunch. You can fill out an application for free/reduced price lunch HERE. If indeed, you are eligible, you can apply for free or reduced cost ESS services by clicking the link below. You will need to upload your notification from Food and Nutrition to your application.

Usted podría ser elegible para recibir servicios de ESS gratuitos o de precio reducido si es elegible para recibir almuerzo escolar gratuito o de precio reducido. Puede completar una solicitud para almuerzo gratis o a precio reducido AQUÍ. Si efectivamente es elegible, puede solicitar servicios de ESS gratuitos o de costo reducido haciendo clic en el enlace a continuación. Deberá subir su notificación de Alimentos y Nutrición en su solicitud.

ELO-P Survey / Encuesta