Region 1 System of Support for Expanded Learning


The Region 1 System of Support for Expanded Learning provides training, coaching, mentoring, resource facilitation and ongoing support for expanded learning grantees throughout Sonoma, Lake, Mendocino, Humboldt, and Del Norte counties. By engaging in learning leadership, the SSEL team partners with state and local service providers, program staff, and administrators to engage in continuous quality improvement, systems design, and community-building. We facilitate observation and assessment, grant compliance, communication, alignment with school-day curriculum, and program sustainability by building and maintaining authentic partnerships within and across the systems that serve the youth in our community.


Expanded learning programming increases student performance, engagement, and experience in school and it provides equitable access to quality enrichment programming for all students. Through advocacy and collaboration at the state, regional, and local level, the SSEL team ensures that the needs of both our small rural communities, and larger districts have a voice in policy decisions and in the overall education funding landscape in the state of California. By supporting administrators and educators, the SSEL team strengthens access and equity to whole- child wrap-around services that promote student success and build strong communities.


We support Afterschool Safety and Education (ASES) and 21st Century Community Learning Center (21stCCLC) programs in Region 1: a diverse 5-county area. The Region 1 System of Support for Expanded Learning (SSEL) includes a MCOE-based team and analysts from the California Department of Education. In collaboration with state and local partners who run and oversee before school, afterschool and summer programming, we ensure that expanded learning programs in Region 1 have the sustenance and tools they need to provide high quality enrichment activities and safe and supportive environments for close to 1000 students each school day. Together, with our partners throughout Sonoma, Lake, Mendocino, Humboldt, and Del Norte Counties, we are working to ensure that all kids have access to expanded opportunities to build social emotional learning capacity and 21st-Century skills. 


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Inland Office

Bessie Glossenger, Project Manager

Continuous Improvement

Phone: (707) 467-5152


Melea Meyer, Manager-Regional Lead: Expanded Learning​

Early Learning & Care

Phone: (707) 467-5156


Carlee Mills, Administrative Secretary

Early Learning & Care

Phone: (707) 467-5140