School Age

Thumbnail imageThe Mission of the School Age Program is to provide a stimulating setting where children can explore, develop, and learn in a safe and secure environment at their own pace. The School-Age Program has been accredited by the Council On Accreditation (COA). This national recognition shows our commitment to quality and continuous program improvement. The philosophy of the School-Age Program is based on the belief that all children are strong, powerful and competent individuals who are constantly learning and growing. The mission of the program is to provide a stimulating environment where children can explore, develop and learn at their own pace. Additionally, it is to provide a child-centered program in a warm, secure environment with love and good physical care. Each child has unique abilities that will be recognized and nurtured.

 Thumbnail imageThe School-Age Program offers a wide range of physical as well as quiet activities. An indoor gym and an outside area are available as daily choices for physical activities. A library room offers an appealing area to finish schoolwork. A Discovery Room provides a place to explore new interest areas. Our creative art room allows children to be creative and express themselves through art. An Almost Grown Zone offer programs for ages 9-12 and have a chartered B&G Torch Club with 15 active members. The staff completes activity plans weekly with input from the children. The School-Age Program offers childcare before school beginning at 6:00 AM to 7:20 AM, at which time they are taken to school. After school care begins at 2:30 p.m. and closes at 6:00 p.m., transportation is provided for a small fee or children 9 and older are welcome to walk. On teacher workdays the center provides all-day care from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. During spring, winter and summer break the center offers all day care filled with a variety of activities and field trips. A USDA approved breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack are provided daily. School-Age fees are based on combined family income and can be determined at time of registration.

YP After 3 Program

School’s out for the day … Do you know where your youth is or what they are doing? They could be participating in fun, low-cost activities that will help them become positive, contributing members of the community at the Shaw Youth Programs.

The statistics below reveal some alarming data about afterschool hours.

  • • The hours between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. are the peak times for juvenile crime and experimentation of drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, and sex. (Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, 2003)
  • • Teens who do not participate in afterschool programs are nearly three times more likely to skip classes than teens who do participate. They are also three times more likely to use marijuana or other drugs and are more likely to drink, smoke, and engage in sexual activity. (YMCA of the USA, 2001)

Shaw Youth Programs consistently provide activities/programs which communicate the expectation that every youth/teen has the potential to excel and achieve successes in their personal endeavors. The Youth Program staff encourage, foster, and nourish the dreams and aspirations of every youth.

There are a number of accomplishments and opportunities made possible through participating in our Youth Programs such as team sports, life skillsm and much more! We have a wide array of services and programs available and we ask youth, teens and parents to check us out. Contact Youth Program Center at 803-895-2252 for more details of local offerings. We are here for you…YP after 3…it’s the place to be!


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Youth Center
322 Laurel Street

Ofiice Hours:
Monday - Friday
9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
*Closed Weekends and Holidays

Service Hours:
Monday - Friday
6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
*Closed Weekends and Holidays

Phone: (803) 895-1779 
DSN: 965-1779
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Youth Annex
322 Laurel Street

Monday - Friday
12:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
*Closed Weekends and Holidays

Phone: (803) 895-2252
DSN: 965-2252
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