Office of Learning Supports and Early Learning
The Office of Learning Supports and Early Learning (OLSEL) unit works in partnership with educators, schools, students, families, and other partners across the Commonwealth to advance the Department's mission. Our programs and initiatives promote a comprehensive and collaborative approach to developing all students' academic, social, emotional , and physical competencies. As students acquire these competencies, barriers to learning are reduced and student potential is maximized.
Examples of OLSEL program strategies that cultivate student achievement and success include:
- making data-informed decisions to address achievement and proficiency gaps,
- infusing service learning, multi-disciplinary, and/or meaningful project based activities into curricula,
- providing professional development and technical assistance for continuous program improvement,
- engaging families/guardians in student learning,
- creating safe and supportive learning environments,
- fostering positive behavioral health,
- supporting smooth transitions between grades and schools, and
- promoting interagency and school/community collaboration.
Listed below are brief descriptions with links to more information about unit and related initiatives in the Center for Educational Redesign (Office of Learning Supports and Early Learning, Office of Charter Schools and School Redesign, and Office of Digital Learning) and the Center for Student Support.
OLSEL Unit Programs and Related Initiatives:
Extended Learning Opportunities
- Federally-funded 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) programs operate during out-of-school hours and engage students in challenging, creative, hands-on, project based activities that connect to and support school day programming while promoting self-expression, critical thinking, and problem solving skills. The 21st CCLC programs provide students with the opportunity to internalize their learning and gain a greater understanding of content areas by embedding academics into rich and engaging activities. As a result of the ESEA approved flexibility, a portion of the competitively awarded 21st CCLC programs now support expanded learning time activities (during a longer school day).
- State-funded After-School and Out-of-School Time (ASOST) Quality Enhancement Grants are designed to increase and enhance comprehensive and effective ASOST programming for students in grades K-12. Grants support children's and youth's academic, social, and emotional development outside of the regular school day, for public and non-public school age students during the school year and over the summer months.
Additional Related Programs & Efforts
For more information on OLSEL or related programs, contact unit staff or:
Rachelle Engler Bennett, Director
Office of Learning Supports and Early Learning (OLSEL)
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street Malden, MA 02148
Phone: 781-338-3010/ Fax: 781-338-3090