Project Dream Frequently Asked Questions

What is Project Dream?

Out of School Time at LCSD is offered to students K-12 and encompasses both  After School – Project Dream and Friday – Project Dream (formerly known as Panther Days). After School – Project Dream is offered Monday-Thursday from the end of the school day until 6:00pm. Friday – Project Dream is full-day programming (8:00-4:00) that will be held on most Fridays. All programs offer engaging, targeted, academic clubs in math and literacy in addition to enrichment programs. Fridays are split into two halves: the morning half has an academic and social-emotional support focus, and is provided by LCSD. The afternoon half has various options: some are provided by LCSD, and some by our partner programs, such as the Lake County Library, Full Circle, Lake County Recreation, and Get Outdoors Leadville!. Programs will vary depending on the school. LCSD supports attendance of partner programs with transportation, food, and enrollment.

Who is involved in Project Dream?

Project Dream is mainly funded through Colorado’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant Program. Volunteers, local grants, LCSD, and community partners  also make the program possible. Currently partners include: Get Outdoors Leadville!, Full Circle, Lake County Public Library, Lake County Recreation, Cloud City Mountain Sports, and elevateHER. Please visit the Contact Information page on the Out of School Time Programs (Project Dream) web page  for school specific contact information.

Why did the Panther Day name change?

Beginning in the 2020-2021 school year, after school and Fridays programs will be under one umbrella. In order to ease confusion between the programs the names were also combined. 

Why out of school time programs?

Research has shown that high quality out of school offerings can have a positive impact on academics, social-emotional growth, and overall student development. Through Project Dream, LCSD is working together with community partners to create a healthier, safer, more prosperous Leadville where children are empowered to learn, encouraged to explore, challenged to grow, and inspired to lead.

Friday – Project Dream programs came about after LCSD leadership voted in spring 2019 to transition to a 4-day school week beginning in 2020-2021. With this new calendar, community members expressed concern over safe places for students to be on the fifth day. LCSD and its partners wanted to take full advantage of this extra day and provide more and richer opportunities for students.  The new calendar and Friday programming seek to address the following needs:

  • Reduce summer learning loss with a shorter summer
  • Provide additional individualized academic supports and enrichment opportunities
  • Additional community benefit with low or no-cost programming 

How can I enroll my child?

New in the 2020-2021 school year you will be able to enroll your child for all Project Dream programs online when you register them for school. If you do not enroll your child during this time, you can always fill out the online Google registration form found on the Out of School Time Programs (Project Dream) web page. 

Are there tuition fees  for Project Dream?

The majority of Project Dream program costs will be funded with district and grant funds. Select partners may be offering tuition-based programs; however, LCSD will always offer programs at no cost.

Will food and transportation be provided?

During After school – Project Dream programs students will be provided with a snack. Those who need transportation will be able to take the bus home. 

During Friday – Project Dream programs students will receive breakfast and lunch during the day. Transportation will also be provided to and from the school in the morning and afternoon, as well as between programs during the day.

How many days can my child attend After School – Project Dream?

We cannot guarantee that we will have space for your child to attend more than two days per week. Project Dream staff will make decisions about how many days are available to your student based on the capacity of the program. If a particular day or program is full, we will keep a waitlist and call you when a spot opens for your student. Once registration is complete, you will receive confirmation of your child’s days. 

Do students need to attend the entire day of  Friday – Project Dream programming?

In order to ease any transportation or other logistical issues, we would like students to attend the entire day of Friday – Project Dream programming. If a student would like to enroll in just an afternoon partner program they may do so through the partner. However in this case, students must have their own transportation to/from the partner program. We would also like students to register for an entire semester so they are able to take full advantage of programs. 

Are Friday – Project Dream programs required school days? 

Friday – Project Dream is similar to After School – Project Dream in that it is optional for students. Students may be encouraged to join depending on their academic needs but these days will not count towards normal school-day attendance. 

How do I know what partner activities will be offered?

In August, the Out of School Time at LCSD (Project Dream) webpage will be updated to reflect all partner activities and details.

What about COVID-19?

Project Dream staff are in regular communication with school leaders and will follow all safety precautions taken by the schools. 
For any other questions or for more information please contact Taylor Trelka at ttrelka@lakecountyschools.net or 719-427-7003. Se habla español.