Success For Each Child & Eliminate the Opportunity Gap by Leading with Racial Equity

Expanded Learning

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Puget Sound Educational Service District is proud to offer these Expanded Learning opportunities for children in a supervised, safe and drug-free environment to students in our region.  We provide students and families with experiences outside of the classroom to accelerate academic success, increase social-emotional growth and develop meaningful community connections

21st Century Community Learning Centers

Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) expanding learning programs serve qualifying elementary and middle school students through the Expanded Learning Programs, by providing academic and academically focused enrichment activities such as computer and digital photography clubs; math, science and reading clubs; team and leadership building activities; music, drama and art programs; and much more. Combining an academic atmosphere with a variety of high-interest activities has been found to be a key component in successful after school programs. Each program is tailored to meet the needs of its students and community and works in conjunction with other support services, extended library services and family oriented educational opportunities to help parents support their children’s academic success. You can be a positive influence in the lives of children. Students are in need of that extra helping hand to realize their full potential. There are many opportunities and levels of participation as partners, contributors, volunteers and presenters.  Share your expertise with learning opportunities for children and parents, donate supplies or become a community partner.


21st Century Community Learning Centers Page

Readiness To Learn

Readiness to Learn links families who live in unincorporated Pierce County to local resources for food, housing, health, family safety, employment, and aid in supporting children’s school success. Family issues such as poverty, mental illness, drug and alcohol use, homelessness and lack of knowledge of community resources present barriers to student success. Readiness to Learn services help parents support their children. Readiness to Learn provides outreach services to families of elementary school children who show signs of distress, poor attendance, tardiness or behavior problems, which are affecting their ability to learn. Our evaluation plan connects family support to school readiness and success, and has shown improved attendance, behavior and achievement. Services can be accessed through School Counselors, Family Support Generalists and at Family Support Centers. Services are free and voluntary with no income requirements.

District/Agency Partners:

Bethel School District
Peninsula School District
Puyallup School District
Sumner School District
White River School District


School Districts

  • Bethel School District
  • Federal Way School District
  • Franklin Pierce School District
  • Kent School District
  • Peninsula School District
  • Puyallup School District
  • Sumner School District
  • Tacoma Public Schools
  • White River School District

College and Universities

  • Central Washington University
  • Everest College
  • The Evergreen State College, Tacoma
  • Highline Community College
  • Pacific Lutheran University
  • Pierce College
  • Seattle Pacific University
  • Tacoma Community College
  • University of Puget Sound
  • University of Washington, Tacoma

Community Based Organizations

  • After-School All-Stars Puget Sound
  • City of Lakewood Collaboration
  • Community of Schools in Kent, Puyallup and Lakewood
  • Federal Way Build a Bridge
  • Federal Way Community Connections
  • First Fivefundamentals
  • Franklin Pierce Youth First
  • GEM
  • Graduate Tacoma
  • Greater Tacoma Community Foundation
  • International Rescue Committee
  • Kent Youth Initiative
  • King and Pierce County Latinx Community Connections
  • MESA of Tacoma
  • Mother Africa
  • Parkland First Baptist Food Bank
  • Way Out Kids
  • YMCA Pierce and Kitsap County

Public Agencies

  • 4H King and Pierce County
  • America Reads Program
  • AmeriCorps
  • City of Kent Parks and Recreation
  • KBTC
  • Metro Parks Tacoma
  • Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)
  • Pierce and King County Library System
  • Pierce County Public Works and Utilities
  • World Vision

PSESD Programs

  • Arts Impact
  • Equity and Education
  • Multilingual Services
  • Native American Education Program
  • Pierce County Readiness to Learn
  • Special Services