The calendar for School Year 23 - 24 Discovery Link programs is open.

If your school has reached capacity, you can add your student to the School Year 23 - 24 Waitlist here.

School photoshoot at Isabella Bird in January 2020.

Discovery Link is the only district-run before school, after school, and full-day camp program. Licensed by the state of Colorado, we offer Discovery Link at 49 elementary schools. Students participate in fun and engaging activities supporting relationship-building skills, movement, and creativity. The program is a multi-subject offering that could include SEAL (Social Emotional and Academic Learning), Physical Education, Art, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math), Dance, Music, Chess, and many more activities! For more information about Discovery Link, please see the below information.

We intentionally provide a “High Impact Offering” to all students within the first 15 minutes of programming in all of our After School Discovery Link Programs. A High Impact offering is an intentional activity that gives all students a meaningful experience. Some examples include: Welcoming Rituals, SEAL, Team/Culture Builder, Seasonal Activity, Student Public Speaking/Presentations, etc. The skills that students learn during a High Impact Offering allow for more opportunities to prepare them to succeed in their daily lives. Without access to these programs, it may limit their options. By offering a High Impact Offering at the program’s start, we will increase student access. Let’s reach more students through impactful experiences within the first 15 minutes of programming! 

Social Emotional and Academic Learning

Extended Learning and Community Schools (ELCS) invests deeply in the holistic development of each student who attends one of our Out of School Time (OST) programs. One of our core commitments is to prioritize and embed Social Emotional and Academic Learning (SEAL) into our programs and culture. 

What Does SEAL Look Like During OST Programming?

SEAL is a way of being and a set of practices. It encompasses how we talk to each other and the students, daily/weekly practices, and direct instruction. Some examples might include:

  • Using language that aligns with the school’s values or facilitates a growth mindset ensuring students view themselves as capable of learning new skills.
  • Facilitating games or activities that build relationships between students and adults so that all ELCS community members can get to know one another and learn to empathize with and appreciate each other’s differences in fun and meaningful ways.
  • Daily/weekly practices that incorporate emotion identification such as mood meters, sharing a “rose” and/or “thorn” from the day, or a Circle where students name how they are feeling and then have the opportunity to share why they are feeling that way. 
  • Structured lessons that focus on skill-building. For example, students might learn about kindness, curiosity, or how to recognize and react to strong emotions in others.

Discovery Link Curriculum

Extended Learning and Community Schools (ELCS) is committed to providing well-rounded programs to all of our students, including curriculum that welcomes equity and inclusion. In addition to our single-subject intensive Enrichment offerings, Discovery Link also exposes students to a wide array of curricular content. 

What kind of curriculum/lessons does Discovery Link use?

Every Discovery Link program offers unique lessons and activities for students to engage in daily. Students often have the opportunity to choose their activities or take turns helping to create and lead lessons. Examples of lessons that students may participate in include:

  • Community Building – These lessons help students build trust and learn about themselves and each other in safe, fun, and structured ways!
  • Social Emotional and Academic Learning (SEAL) – Interactive lessons designed to help students develop and hone skills that will help them succeed personally and academically.
  • Literacy – We know that students across the country are experiencing literacy skill gaps. ELCS is committed to providing opportunities to engage with text and practice reading skills during both our afterschool and summer programs.
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math (STEAM) – Math and Science can be fun! Our students often participate in STEAM lessons and do not even realize it. STEAM lessons may be explicit or embedded in a fun activity like baking, coding, making slime, or playing games that involve math. 
  • Art – Students engage in art projects and crafts that they get to take home and share with their friends and family!
  • Chess – Games like Chess help students develop critical cognitive skills.
  • Sports/Movement – Physical education is essential! We expose students to a wide variety of sports and movement options, even yoga and dance, so every student can find something they love to do. 

School-Year Tuition

**New Pricing Update: for the 2023-2024 school year**

  • Morning programming (AM) begins at 6:30 am at $9.75 per day.
  • Afterschool programming (PM) ends at 6:00 pm at $17.50 per day.
  • Grant-Funded (Free to kids in the community)
  • Early Release Days (ONLY—Bill Roberts, Carson, Denver Green, Denver Language School, Isabella Bird, Maxwell, Stedman, Valdez ECE) at $29.00 per day.
  • Kadoodles** = Offered at Sandoval and Lincoln, Kadoodles provides extended care to half-day ECE programs. Kadoodles offers a fun and creative learning environment that promotes socialization through plenty of group play. The program provides center-based activities, instructor-led lessons, free play, and rest time. Kadoodles program time is 12:00pm – 2:45pm at $25 per day.
  • Full-Day Camps (Non-School Days) begin at 7:00 am and end at 5:30 pm at $51 per day.
  • Registration Fees: $35 for one student, $50 max per family

New Families

For families who have never been enrolled in school year Discovery Link before and after school programming.

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How to Add and Remove Days

How to Choose Days

Current Families

For families who currently have a SchoolCare Works account and/or students who have previously been enrolled in Discovery Link before and after school programming.

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Written Instructions

Step-by-Step Guide »
How to Add a Sibling »
Instructions for families using CCAP »


How to add a Sibling

How to Add & Remove Days

How to Choose Days

Inscripción para Discovery Link

Precauciones de seguridad COVID-19

Para el año escolar 2021-22, es probable que el municipio de Denver se encuentre en el nivel amarillo o azul en el Health Dial, lo que permitirá que todos los sitios de Discovery Link vuelvan a la capacidad autorizada.

Programación del año escolar

**Nueva actualización de precios: para el año escolar 2022-2023**

La programación por la mañana (AM) comienza a las 6:30 a.m., a $9.25 por día.

La programación después de la clase (PM) termina a las 6:00 p.m a $15.25 por día.

Escuelas financiadas por subvenciones (Barnum,  Colfax, Cowell, DCIS Fairmont, DMLK, Eagleton, Ellis, Hallett, Kaiser, Munroe, Newlon, Traylor, Trevista, y Valverde)–gratis para los niños de la comunidad

Días de salida temprana  (SÓLO –  Bill Roberts, Carson, Denver Green, Denver Language School, Isabella Bird, Stedman, Valdez ECE) a $25.75 al día.

Kadoodles = Ofrecido en Sandoval y Lincoln, Kadoodles brinda atención extendida a programas de ECE de medio día. Kadoodles ofrece un entorno de aprendizaje divertido y creativo que promueve la socialización a través del juego en grupo. El programa ofrece actividades en el centro, actividades dirigidas por maestros, juego libre y tiempo de descanso. El horario del programa Kadoodles es de 12:00 pm a 2:45 pm a 22$ por día.

Campamentos de día completa (Días sin clase) comienza a las 7:00am y termina a las 5:30pm con un costo de $48 al día.

Costo de la Inscripción

$35 cada un estudiante

$50 máximo por familia

Infórmese sobre la ayuda financiera visitando cualquier sitio de Discovery Link o enviando un correo electrónico a

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Nuevas familias

Para las familias que nunca han inscrito a sus estudiantes en los programas antes y después de clases de Discovery Link del año escolar.

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Cómo agregar y eliminar días

Cómo escoger días

Familias actuales

Para las familias que actualmente tienen una cuenta SchoolCare Works y/o estudiantes que se han inscrito previamente en los programas antes y después de clases de Discovery Link.

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Instrucciones escritas

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Instrucciones para las familias que usan CCAP »

Paso a paso

Cómo agregar a un hermano

Cómo agregar y eliminar días

Cómo escoger días

Programming Offered per Site

SiteAMPMEarly Release DayECE ERFECE AMECE PMGrant-FundedKadoodles
Barney FordYESYES
CMS Community SchoolYESYESYES
Denver GreenYESYES
DMLK Middle SchoolYESYES
Isabella BirdYESYESYES
Marie L. GreenwoodYESYES