Extended Student Services
PUSD Extended Student Services (ESS)
Grades TK-5SEE: ASES [After & Before School Education & Safety] for Grades 6-8
Christine Carrera, Director (858) 521-2850
Myra Prather, Operations Supervisor (858) 521-2845
Ella Boom, School Administrative Assistant (858) 521-2848
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.
Pay your ESS bill online. https://www.myprocare.com
Payment options include e-Check, Visa, MasterCard or Debit card with a Visa or MasterCard logo.
HOW TO ENROLL
(Enrollment is subject to availability)
**A $150.00 registration fee (per family) and first month’s fees will be payable at this time.
We must receive all enrollment forms at least 2 business days before your child can attend ESS!
- Call or email your school site ESS Supervisor to set up an appointment to drop off the enrollment forms and verify that they are currently accepting registration for your child’s grade level.
- Fill out (on line) and print the three enrollment forms:
- Print these two forms, and fill out completely
- Bring ALL completed forms to your appointment with the site supervisor at the site’s ESS office. PLEASE DO NOT RETURN TO THE SCHOOL OFFICE!
Welcome to ESS!
Welcome to the ESS (Extended Student Services) website! Whether we are currently serving your child in the ESS program or whether you are looking for assistance with future planning, we hope that you can find the information that you need on this website. Our voluntary use, tuition-based program serves over 4,000 students within 26 elementary schools in the Poway Unified School District by actively engaging them in educational, physical, social and character-building activities before/after school and during most school breaks. We are committed to the highest levels of safety during your children’s time with us where they will benefit from a low student-to-adult ratio. Our staff members have been well-trained, have received clearances with their health and through the Department of Justice. Feel free to contact the ESS program at your local school to speak with the supervisor or the lead assistant. I’m sure you’ll agree that they are fun-loving, positive, motivational and taking great care of all children in the program.
The ESS program is an extension of the school day. We have a wonderful homework support time during before/after school ESS where staff will support students with their classwork. We work closely with our school sites so that ESS is aligned with the expectations of the school. We also work with principals to make sure that the School Safety Plan is in effect during all hours of ESS.
Thank you for entrusting your children to our care. When you meet our ESS staff, you’ll notice that they are professionals who serve many needs of children throughout the day, whether it’s listening to a child’s story, wiping a nose, helping with a homework problem, playing a game of kick ball, answering the phone or greeting you with a smile at the door when you pick up your child ~ we are dedicated to the best care for your child.
We value our partnership with home, school and ESS. Please feel free to communicate with us if there is any way that we can help your family. Thank you for entrusting us with your children’s care!
Director, Preschool and Before/After School Programs
Poway Unified School District
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. ESS provides a comprehensive program of developmentally appropriate curriculum and activities. Skills are developed in the following areas:
Cognitive Development: homework assistance, science experiments, arts and crafts projects, cooking, gardening, and computer-assisted learning;
Physical development: small and large motor skills, sports, non-competitive games, and playground use: and,
Social-emotional development: cooperative learning, group participation, conflict resolution, peer interactions.
ESS provides time, space, encouragement and support for learning. ESS centers are located at all elementary schools. Each program is supervised by staff members trained in child development. Students enroll in the program on a full-time basis. Centers are open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
This extended-day program extends the excellence of each child's school experience into before and after school.
ESS is staffed by highly-qualified professionals and trained instructional assistants. The staff provides for the academic and social needs of children in safe and nurturing environments. There is time, space, encouragement, and support for learning good study habits.
The program is geared toward expanding each child's world through arts and crafts projects, science activities, reading and language arts reinforcement, and math concept development. The program reinforces the social, motor, and academic skills children learn in the classroom. An opportunity is provided for each child to complete homework assignments.
The ESS program began in 1980 and is now offered in every elementary school in the Poway Unified School District. All children who attend elementary school in the District are eligible for enrollment.
The ESS program operates daily from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at schools that start at 8:45 a.m. and later. There is no ESS at schools that start at 7:45 a.m. Those campuses are open starting half an hour before school starts. Please refer to the current ESS calendar for schedule of operation.
A very intensive summer program is offered. It includes numerous extended learning opportunities provided throughout the community. Field trips, special interest clubs, guest speakers, and special events are scheduled.
ESS Contract Options
ESS offers PUSD families 2 additional options for ESS enrollment:
- ESS, Before School Only
- ESS, After School Only (includes time banking day use)
ESS will continue to offer our ESS Full Time contract (before/ after school with time banking day included) as well as our popular Alternative Contract for just time banking days.
Please see your school site ESS Supervisor or Lead Assistant for more information and to discuss the contract option that best serves you and your child(ren’s) needs.