Extended School Program

Jordan Carder
Interim ESP Director


ESP (Extended School Program) is an after-school program in Elizabethton City Schools serving children from grades Pre-K through 8. This program is funded in part by the 21st CCLC Grant. 

The program gives students an opportunity after school and throughout the summer to participate in educational activities and physical exercise. Through partnerships with Coordinated School Health, the Carter County Health Department, and other organizations, ESP has been able to offer programs like the Walking Club and events like the Treasure Walk. ESP is always looking for ways to strengthen partnerships within the community to provide stimulating activities and curricula for our students.

For more information, you can call 423-547-8020 extension 2007 anytime after 1:00 pm.  

Elizabethton City Schools Extended School Program (ESP) Update for the 2020-2021 School Year:
Based upon the new opening plan, ESP will not open until September 8, 2020. This is a change from the start date we originally intended to use which was September 1, 2020. We want to allow the kids time to acclimate to their new normal and give them, as well as the teachers, time to adjust to all of the changes. It will be a stressful time for everyone. Additionally, we will be able to tweak our planned procedures based upon what’s working and what’s not working during the school day. One big change is that ESP will operate from each school and will not merge into one location. Students enrolled at East Side will stay at East Side and so forth. So, parents will pick up their children from the school they attend during the day. ESP registration will be online like it was last year. We will announce registration dates via social media, the ECS newsletter, and email at the appropriate time.



ESP Registration is FINALLY here! 

We will officially begin registration on Thursday, September 3, 2020, at 8 am.  All registration will be online (paper packets will not be accepted) and we will not accept any registrations prior to September 3, 2020, at 8 am.  The registration fee is $75 per child and the monthly fee is $125 for Pre-K and $75 for grades K-8. However, if we remain on a Hybrid schedule, the monthly fees will be adjusted accordingly.  As usual, all ECS employees receive a 20% discount, so make sure you mark that on your application.  A big change that is due to COVID-19 is that students will stay at their respective schools and will not be bussed to one location.  So, if your child attends West Side, you will pick them up there, no matter the time.  If they attend East Side, you will pick them up there, no matter the time.  If you have any questions, please feel free to call or email Carrie Taylor at 423-547-8020 x 2012 or carrie.taylor@ecschools.net


MyProcare for Existing Families Video

ESP Registration for an existing account:




MyProcare New Family Registration Video

ESP Registration for a new account:






ESP 2020-2021 SY   


2020 ESP Newsletter:

May Newsletter






ESP Virtual Summer Program Recognized
by TN Department of Education


Elizabethton City Schools 21st Century Program ESP Summer Virtual Experience featured in the article below for June 2020 Federal Programs Update published by the TN Department of Education. Congratulations to Carrie Taylor, Director of the Extended School Program for ECS, for being recognized by the state as a Virtual Summer Resource for families. Each week Carrie designs a fun and interactive experience for kids to enjoy during summer. Thank you, Carrie Taylor, former Director of Extended School Program, for all your hard work finding a new way to keep children learning.




ESP Summer Virtual Programming

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Innovative Way of Learning

Harold McCormick Elementary hosts the Extended School Program (ESP) for the Elizabethton City School System.  Julia Henderson is the Site Coordinator for the Extended School Program and organizes many exciting afternoon activities for students. A new program introduced last fall was The Walking Classroom. The program offered to 5th-grade students enrolled in ESP is designed to help the students exercise, listen, and learn all at the same time. The students go to a classroom to pick up the Walk-kit device, which consists of a handset audio device. Then students listen for about 20 minutes to a kid-friendly podcast lesson while walking. After each lesson, students gather as a group to discuss the podcast. A few examples of the pre-recorded lessons consist of topics from language arts, social studies, and science. Studies have shown the program helps students be more engaged, exercise, learn, and stimulate their brains during the walking experience.
Students that participate in The Walking Program during ESP expressed a lot of excitement about the program. Wyatt, a 5th-grade student participant, said, " He loved hearing the birds and nature in the background of the podcast. The walk is fun and not a usual classroom and inspires you to learn."  Jaydon Livingston is the teaching assistant that helps lead the group of students. He described how the students enjoy the program. He said, " I think the program is excellent because kids sit still in a classroom most of the day; this helps them learn and have fun all at the same time. Some days we walk in the gym, and during nice weather, we love to walk outside. I usually have thirteen to seventeen kids participate weekly, and all of them enjoy participating in the lesson discussion after the walk."
Another employee of ESP, Jayla Wandell, helped get the program up and going at the beginning of the year. She said the participation is great for the kids. Jayla stated, " The kids love to get involved in the program and engage with other kids to get up and to move around. The program is fun because they are not in a regular classroom setting. I have really enjoyed seeing the kids excited to learn and exercise."
The ESP Site Coordinator Julia is very thankful for the anonymous donor that provided funds to purchase The Walking Classroom Program Kit for the students. The program has been a huge learning opportunity for 5th-grade students.

The Walking Classroom Link

Walking Classroom

5th Grade Participants

5th Grade Particpants