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Extended Student Services

PUSD Extended Student Services (ESS)

Grades TK-5

SEE: ASES [After & Before School Education & Safety] for Grades 6-8
15250 Avenue of Science, San Diego, CA 92128
(858) 521-2800 | Fax: (858) 485-1937
Christine Carrera, Director (858) 521-2850
Reggi'e 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


Program Aides
To apply, click here:
*Morning, midday, afternoon contracts *No nights or weekends
*Great kids *Great staff   *Fun student projects and activities

If you have any questions, please call (858) 521-2845 or 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.

To learn more about the eligibility criteria, click HERE.
Para saber mas acerca del criterio de eligibilidad, haga click AQUÍ.

After reviewing the eligibility criteria, if you believe you meet the requirements, please add your name to the ELO-P Interest List by completing THIS SURVEY.

Después de revisar los criterios de elegibilidad, si cree que cumple con los requisitos, agregue su nombre a la lista de interés de ELO-P completando ESTA ENCUESTA.​

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.

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. 

ESS Finance Team

Billing and Payment Questions:
Laura Sachs, (858) 521-2800 ext. 2228
Alisa Mendenhall, (858) 521-2800 ext. 2232
Meghann Stralo, (858) 521-2800 ext. 2221

(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!

  1. 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.
  2. Fill out (on line) and print the three enrollment forms:
    1. Program Contract One (1) per family
    2. Terms & Conditions
    3. Emergency & Disaster Student Release Information
  3. Print these two forms, and fill out completely
    1. Internet Safety Release
    2. Student Profile
  4. 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
[email protected]

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.

Program Overview  
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.

Program Activities
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.

Program History
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.

Program Operations
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.

Summer Program
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:

  1. ESS, Before School Only
  2. 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.