Welcome to the SC Afterschool Alliance website. The mission of the
SC Afterschool Alliance is to raise awareness, help to increase sustainability
and promote the importance of quality after school programs in South Carolina.
SC Afterschool Alliance functions as an intermediary to review existing statewide
funding, policies and to link after school providers large and small, to resources,
technical assistance and training opportunities.
IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED
Amendments have been introduced which will affect public, private and nonprofit groups and organizations operating after school programs at least one hour a day and receiving children up to 12 years old including summer camps.
This amendment proposes all programs must comply with the same licensing regulations as child care centers.
This act will take effect upon approval by the Governor. If approved by the Governor, after school programs will be required to close immediately if they are not licensed by the SC Department of Social Services.
These amendments will impact city and county community centers, Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCAs, YWCAs and all facilities located outside of schools.
Click here to download a list of the House Education Committee members.
Click here for the South Carolina General Assembly Contact Information. This information is provided to you as a courtesy through our partnership with the South Carolina Arts Alliance.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
1. Email or fax a letter to your House of Representative member and the House Education Committee members. Click here
to find your legislators. You will be able to send an email directly to your representatives from this website. Click here
to download a sample letter/email.
2. Call your House of Representative member and the House Education Committee members. Let them know the negative impact the immediate passing of this amendment will have on children, families and businesses in South Carolina. Ask them to consider the following:
• There should be separate guidelines established for after school programs. After school programs target a different population than most child care providers;
• There should be a timeline established to include a transitional phase to inform and educate after school providers of the changes; and
• If the amendments are approved and effective upon the Governors approval, over 2,000 programs impacting over 100,000 children and youth will close if they are not already a part of the S.C. Department of Social Services licensing program.
A Guide to STEM Funding for Afterschool
The Afterschool Alliance and The Finance Project, in partnership with the Noyce
Foundation, have published a brief to help after school programs find and
secure funding for STEM prorams and activities.
STEM AFTER SCHOOL
Click the picture below to access the National After School Science Directory.
Search the database to find opportunities to connect America's youth to high quality
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) learning experiences.
New After School Network Members
SCAA welcomes new after school providers to the After School Provider Network.
For more information on these and all After School Network providers,
click on Programs in your Area above in the navigation panel then select
your county. Click on the program for details.
The H.O.P.E. Mentoring Center - Marlboro County
Midlands Community Development Center - Richland County
The Quest Zone - Bridge Creek Elementary - Richland County