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Project Kidz Connect

Our Mission

NMUSD's Expanded Learning Program will provide a safe and inclusive before-school, after-school, and summer learning environment where every student is seen, every student matters, and every student is valued. Through a creative and inspiring mentorship, every student is challenged to grow towards reaching their full potential as a thriving student today and a responsible community citizen of tomorrow.

Our Program

Our curriculum includes academics, nutrition, physical recreation, arts and enrichment that support Newport-Mesa Unified School District initiatives.

We promote diverse learning experiences designed to challenge and maximize each student’s potential.


2022-2023 FOCUS GOALS

Standard #1  Safe and Supportive Environment
The program provides a safe and nurturing environment that supports the developmental, social-emotional and physical needs of all students.

Standard #2  Active and Engaged Learning
Program design and activities reflect active, meaningful and engaging learning methods that promote collaboration and expand student horizons.

Standard #4  Youth Voice and Leadership
The program provides and supports intentional opportunities for students to play a meaningful role in program design and implementation, and provides ongoing access to authentic leadership roles.


Kathleen Leary
Director, Early Childhood Education & Expanded Learning 

Laurie Virtusio
Coordinator, Expanded Learning
(714) 424-8915

Lee Ann Griffin
TOSA,  Expanded Learning
(949) 515-6772

For more information about Project Kidz Connect, please contact: 

Christine Holguin
Office Assistant II, Expanded Learning
(949) 515-6786