FREE and Low-cost Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO) before, during and after school

Expanded Learning Opportunities

Expanded Learning Centers are your child’s opportunity to plug into a variety of before, during and after school academic and enrichment activities, such as sports, the arts, STEM, and mentorship. These centers are a collaboration of youth-serving community partners in Tacoma, powered by the Tacoma Whole Child Partnership.
We know you are dedicated to the social, emotional and academic success of your child and so are we! That’s why we are now offering an array of options for After School Fun to encourage, support and challenge your child. These programs include arts, fitness, and sports. Click the Register Now button to learn more about session offerings for your child. After school food and transportation home is included.

Participating Schools: 

  • Birney Elementary
  • Edison Elementary
  • Fawcett Elementary
  • Lister Elementary
  • Reed Elementary
  • Sheridan Elementary
  • Blix Elementary
  • Boze Elementary
  • DeLong Elementary
  • Larchmont Elementary
  • Manitou Park Elementary
  • Whitman Elementary
  • Arlington Elementary
  • Browns Point Elementary
  • Crescent Heights Elementary
  • Fern Hill Elementary
  • Franklin Elementary
  • Lyon Elementary
  • McCarver Elementary
  • NE Tacoma Elementary
  • Roosevelt Elementary
  • Stafford Elementary

How to sign up:

  1. Sign up for a Tacoma Whole Child Access Pass. It’s FREE and in addition to providing access to these after school programs, it also gets you great discounts around town. If you are currently qualified for free and reduced lunch, then you’ll automatically be qualified for scholarships with Metro Parks Tacoma.
  2. Complete your registration for your session by clicking the Register Now button for the session you’d like to register for.
  3. Still have questions? You can speak with our ELO Lead at your school and sign up on-site!


2019-2020 Program Calendar

Session 1: Sept. 23 - Nov. 8
Registration closes: Sept. 28
Session 2: Nov. 12 - Dec. 20
Registration closes: Nov. 20
Session 3: Jan. 13 - Feb. 28
Registration closes: January 19
Session 4: Mar. 9 - April 24
Registration closes: March 15
Session 5: May 4 - June 12
Registration closes: May 10

No ELO program during early release days, non-student days, or holidays.

Field trips October 11 and November 11.

Visit this page for updated registration links for when the registration opens for field trips. Programming supported in part by Tacoma Creates.
Scholarships are available! Sign up for the free Whole Child Access Pass to be eligible.

All Activities District-wide



Whole Child Access Pass

The WHOLE CHILD ACCESS PASS provides all Tacoma Public Schools (TPS) students and their families’ special opportunities and negotiated rates for a variety of Metro Parks Tacoma’s (MPT) programs, facilities and attractions.

For more information go to:   Or call:  (253) 305-1022