Program Planning & Development


Program Planning & Development

The Expanded Learning Opportunities Program (ELO-P) requires the development of a program plan by each  Local Educational Agency (LEA) that receives an ELO-P apportionment. The program plan needs to be approved by the LEA’s Governing Board in a public meeting and posted on the LEA’s website. 

The California Department of Education Expanded Learning Division (EXLD) has created a Program Plan Guide* to support LEAs to create their own Program Plans.


Important things to know about the Program Plan:

  • Due Date: There currently is no due date for Program Plans.
  • Living Document: The program plan template guide is considered a living document that is periodically reviewed and adjusted to reflect the needs of the community, updates in the law, and to provide continuous improvement in the development of an effective ELO-P.
  • Timing: The LEA is responsible for creating, reviewing, and updating the program plan every three years.
  • Collaboration: LEAs are encouraged to work collaboratively with partners and staff to develop and review the program plan. The LEA is responsible for the plan and the oversight of any community partners or subcontractors. The LEA should include any partners in the development and review of the plan. It is recommended that the plan be reviewed annually.
  • Quality Standards: The program plan is structured around the Quality Standards for Expanded Learning in California. The program plan requires a narrative response to 11 of the 12 Quality Standards.


Questions about the program plan should be directed to the EXLD at

*This Program Plan Template Guide is required by California Education Code (EC) Section 46120(b)(2)

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