Community Education Extended Learning (CEEL) ProgramCEEL is an afterschool Extended Learning Program open to all elementary students. Programs operate at, Easterly Parkway, Ferguson Township, Gray's Woods, Mount Nittany, Park Forest, Radio Park and Spring Creek Elementary Schools.Specific details for each CEEL site can be found by visiting the appropriate school's homepage, clicking Our School, and then clicking Before and Afterschool Program (CEEL).Click here to access our online registration site to review your current enrollments or update emergency contact information.Applications for the 2022-23 CEEL program will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, May 16. Scroll down for additional details about the application/lottery process for the 2022-23 school year.
If you have questions about CEEL or are experiencing difficulty during the application/registration process, please contact the supervisor at the appropriate school.
Easterly Parkway (serving Corl Street students) - Thea Park - 814-357-5479 - [email protected]
Ferguson Township - Morgan Lang - 814-574-5509 - [email protected]
Grays Woods - Antonio Rascon-Gato - 814-574-2617 - [email protected]
Mount Nittany - Zachary Finley - 814-571-0648 - [email protected]
Park Forest - Lisa Vonada 814-571-2294 - [email protected]
Radio Park - Patty McKenna - 814-571-3349 - [email protected]
Spring Creek - Rachel Sackett - 814-810-8399 - [email protected]
2022-23 Program Details
Spaces for the 2022-23 program have been filled via lottery. As additional staffing is secured, seats will be added and will be filled via lottery based on applications in the system at that time. Please read on to learn more about why the lottery was started, what we are doing to increase capacity, and more. Please email program coordinator Shannon Messick at [email protected] with questions.
Recently, CEEL departed from its previous enrollment process for its before and afterschool programs by holding a lottery because demand was expected to exceed capacity. Unfortunately, some families were left disappointed when they didn’t receive spots. To help our community understand the present situation, we’d like to provide some clarifying information.
Why the lottery was necessary
For next year, we have a limited number of seats due to staffing levels at this time. This limited capacity is similar to the 2021-2022 school year, when seats filled in minutes. Last year, not all families had the ability to complete the CEEL registration process when the enrollment window opened. The lottery evolved as a way of providing a more equitable enrollment process for all families.
Previously enrolled families
We’ve heard questions about why previously enrolled families were not given priority for next year’s program. Putting all families in a lottery this year leveled the playing field, so those families who missed getting a spot by a few seconds last year had the same chance to get in as anyone else. Giving priority to returning students would also have severely limited the number of available seats for newcomers or incoming kindergarten students. All things considered, the lottery was in line with our philosophy of making the program accessible to the greatest number of students.
We continue to seek additional staff for all of our locations, but it’s challenging. These days, we’re at a competitive disadvantage. Other area workforce opportunities offer higher wages and benefits. We have been seeing fewer college students seeking employment since the pandemic, both at CEEL and around town. This affects us particularly because we’ve been fortunate in the past to draw significant numbers of staff from the PSU student population. In addition, we typically require more staff members than positions. It can take three or four individuals to fill one Monday-Friday staff position because we offer flexible schedules out of necessity. Therefore, we need to maintain a staff roster three or four times larger than our daily staffing needs.
Increased parent fees
We’ve been asked whether we can increase parent fees in order to pay staff a higher wage. We’re hesitant to do that. Raising the cost of CEEL would be a challenge for many of our families who find themselves facing financial hardship due to other rising costs, a cut to their work hours, and other factors. Because our goal is to allow CEEL to be accessible to as many students as possible, we wish to keep the cost as affordable as possible for families.
Another question has come up about how the current number of available spaces compares to prior years. Most locations have lower capacity now versus pre-pandemic. As a reminder, this is due to reduced staffing.
For the coming school year, we have one location that currently has fewer seats than the 2021-22 school year. This is because we based capacity on anticipated staffing, as opposed to previous years where we were able to accept students on an ongoing basis knowing that we would be able to staff accordingly. The past year taught us that we do not have that luxury. In order to maintain a safe and engaging environment, we will only add capacity as we are able to secure additional staff. For the coming school year, we have 365 available seats. As of the lottery drawing on Tuesday, May 31, we had 555 applications.
In closing, because CEEL has worked hard over the years to build the program, nobody’s happy with having to shift to a lottery. Prior to the pandemic, waitlists were virtually eliminated and families were offered a guaranteed enrollment period, which relieved a lot of stress families feel at registration time. Our goal is to return to a point where we can more closely meet the demand our families have for afterschool programming, and enrollment will no longer need to be managed via a lottery.
The process for CEEL registration for the 2022-23 school year will be managed via lottery. Families should follow the steps below to apply for the CEEL program:
- The initial application window will be open from 10 a.m. Monday, May 16 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 31
- Apply for the lottery online.
- No payment is required to apply.
- You will receive a confirmation email after successful submission of the application. If you do not receive this email, you have not successfully applied and will not be entered into the lottery. Please check your spam folder; during heavy volume registration times, the email may be delayed. You can also log into your account anytime to see if your application was successful.
- Names will be chosen via lottery immediately following the initial application window.
- Families will be notified by Wednesday, June 1 at 4:00 p.m. if they are being offered a space.
- An email with the offer and additional details will be sent to the email address associated with the application. This is the only form of communication families will receive regarding an offer.
- If offered a space in the program, you will then be given a specific period of time to complete additional tasks, such as registering and paying the required deposit.
- Deadlines must be met in order to secure the spot for your child. Failure to do so will result in your child being placed back in the lottery.
- Once offers are made, waitlisted families will be notified of their waitlist status.
Additional details regarding enrollment
- CEEL enrollment is a fluid process. We typically have a waitlist for most of our locations.
- Applications are accepted for the current school year only.
- The lottery will be conducted at the Panorama Village Administrative Center with the program coordinator, secretary, CEEL supervisor representatives, and another district representative.
- If siblings apply, all siblings will be offered space in the program.
- Students who are not offered a space after the initial lottery will be placed on the waitlist, along with applications received after the initial lottery. When a space becomes available, a lottery will be held and families will be notified in the fashion detailed above.
- When the initial application window closes, if the number of applicants is fewer than the projected openings, all applicants will be offered admission.
- If a student leaves the program for any reason, a new application is required and the application will become part of the waitlist lottery when a space becomes available.
PROGRAM TIMES*Before school: 7:30 a.m. to 7:55 a.m. each school dayAfterschool: dismissal to 5:30 p.m. each school dayPROGRAM DATESAugust 23, 2022 to June 2, 2023CEEL operates only when school is in-person.
FEES PER STUDENT (monthly unless otherwise noted)
- *Before School: $55
- Full-Time: $270
- Registration Fee (one-time): $50
- Payment Plan Fee (one-time, due at the time of registration): $15
- Deposit: Due at the time of registration if utilizing the Payment Plan; equal to 5% of your total invoice amount; nonrefundable
- Scholarships and discounts (sibling and employee) are available for those who qualify. You must complete a form requesting a scholarship or discount. That form will be available when the application period begins.
WHAT TO EXPECT FOR THE 2022-2023 SCHOOL YEAR
- We anticipate resuming art, STEM, physical activity and language classes in the fall. Details regarding these offerings will be made available to registered families in August.
- Individual inservice days will be available for registration approximately one month prior to the inservice dates. The site supervisor will share more details about this after school starts. Inservice days are $52 per student per day.
- The Spring Break program will open for registration in January 2023. The Spring Break program is $235 for the week.
- CEEL is open to in-person students only; the program will run only when school is in-person.
- There will be no part-time option offered.
- Note that Corl Street students will be bussed from Corl Street to Easterly Parkway and must be picked up from there each day. Corl Street will have a morning program, should the minimum number of enrollments be met.
*The Before School program requires a minimum number of enrollments to run. Families of registered students will be notified via email as to the status of the before school program on Friday, July 22 by 4:30 p.m.
INSERVICE/NO SCHOOL DAY PROGRAMSStudents must be currently enrolled in the CEEL program to participate in inservice day programming.
Individual Inservice Days - $52/day - Inservice programs operate from 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. and you will have the choice of attending the Park Forest or Easterly Parkway program. A timeline of registration dates can be found below.
Spring Break Inservice Bundle - $235 - This bundle will include Spring Break (3/6, 3/7, 3/8, 3/9, 3/10) from 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. and will be held at Easterly Parkway. Please note that these days will only be sold as a package. Registration for Spring Break will open in January 2023.
DISCOUNTS & SCHOLARSHIPS
If you are interested in applying for a scholarship or discount, please fill out the form located in the Forms tab at left (form will be linked after the initial lottery draw on May 31). This form must be completed by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, August 15, 2022 in order for discounts and scholarships to be effective prior to the first CEEL payment of the year. Form submissions received after that date will be applied prior to the next payment (when submitted at least five business days' prior to the payment date) and will not be prorated.
Sibling Discount - Families with 2 or more children enrolled in the full-time program will receive a 15% discount on the second and subsequent child.
Scholarships - Additional funds are available for families in need, including those eligible for free and reduced lunch. You will be notified of any scholarship offer via email and may be required to provide forms, such as free/reduced lunch acceptance, before the offer is applied to your account.
*Discounts and scholarships cannot be combined.