Afterschool in South Carolina

Facts & Research

  • In South Carolina, 18% (133,788) of K-12 youth are responsible for taking care of themselves after school.
  • Of all South Carolina children not currently enrolled in afterschool, 51% (330,964) would be likely to participate IF an afterschool program were available in their community.
  • 91% of parents in South Carolina are satisfied with the afterschool program their child attends.
  • 13% (98,111) of South Carolina's K-12 children participate in afterschool programs, including 16,916 kids in programs supported by the U.S. Department of Education's 21st Century Community Learning Centers initiative, the only federal program dedicated to afterschool.

For afterschool participation and funding levels in South Carolina, refer to the Afterschool in South Carolina Fact Sheet.

Explore America After 3PM for even more research on afterschool programs in South Carolina.

State Policy and Funding

The South Carolina After School Alliance links afterschool providers-large and small-to resources, technical assistance and training opportunities. The network was recently awarded a Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) through the USDA Rural Development's Business and Cooperative Programs. The project, Building the After School Workforce in Rural Areas, will create a pilot program to provide professional development and training to afterschool program staff serving students in 16 counties with unemployment rates of 14 percent or higher. The project will provide five regional trainings coupled with intensive technical assistance to approximately 162 front-line staff serving 8,100 students in the counties of Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Clarendon, Cherokee, Chester, Chesterfield, Dillon, Lancaster, Marion, Marlboro, McCormick, Orangeburg, Union, Williamsburg and York.

Check out the State Policy section of our website for state-specific data and ideas for developing and advancing afterschool policy at the state level.

See Policy News for the latest on afterschool legislation from Washington, D.C.

Interested in running an afterschool tutoring program?

Find information on the application process and selection criteria for Supplemental Educational Services (SES) providers in your state here.

South Carolina received $50.8 million through the ARRA-School Improvement Grants (SIGs) program to turn around its persistently lowest achieving schools. ARRA-SIG grants are part of the $3.5 billion that were made available to states from money set aside in the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the FY 2010 federal budget. Eligible schools may use ARRA-SIG funding to support extended learning-time opportunities.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 offers numerous opportunities to support extended learning-time including afterschool, before school and summer programs. See more on afterschool and the Recovery here.

Your statewide afterschool network has a webpage with useful resources and policy updates:

News & Voices

What's the word on afterschool in your state? News clippings, noteworthy quotes and feel good stories highlight South Carolina's afterschool cause.

What leaders are saying in South Carolina:

&afterschool programs give students the opportunity to develop new skills and talents, participate in physical activities, expore art and music, and get help with difficult subjects...

Nikki Haley

There are no recent afterschool news stories for South Carolina.

Want more news on afterschool? Check out this month's Afterschool Advocate and our blog Afterschool Snack.

America's Afterschool Storybook tells the stories of people and communities transformed by afterschool programs. Read more inspiring stories from America's Afterschool Storybook from people across the country.

From Bishop Preston Williams's Afterschool Story:

To me there is no greater gift we can give than our time, energy, resources, and love to those who may have lost their way.

Read more from Bishop Preston Williams's Afterschool Story

From Richland One School District - South Carolina's Afterschool Story:

Before that "perfect storm" of factors combined, only a small percentage of Richland One students had access to afterschool. Today, more than 40 percent of the district's students are enrolled.

Read more from Richland One School District - South Carolina's Afterschool Story

Afterschool Champions

South Carolina has champions across the state leading the fight to ensure that all children have access to safe and enriching afterschool programs.

On March 3, 2005, members of Congress established the first-ever Afterschool Caucus in both the Senate and the House of Representatives in order to build support for afterschool programs and increase resources for quality afterschool care. The following elected officials from South Carolina participate in their chamber's Afterschool Caucus:

House Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC)

Afterschool for All brings together individuals and organizations from across the nation who support the vision that all children and youth deserve access to quality, affordable afterschool programs. Here's a list of some prominent Afterschool for All participants in South Carolina:

Mason Lee Branham, Columbia, SC

Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr., Charleston, SC

National Dropout Prevention Center/Network, Clemson University, Clemson, SC

The Outreach Learning Center at St. Matthews, Charleston, SC

Selected from some of the most effective afterschool programs and advocacy organizations in the nation, the Afterschool Ambassadors work every day to help keep kids safe, inspire children to learn and help working families. They know firsthand the barriers and benefits that communities face in making afterschool available to all children and are a great resource for programs throughout South Carolina. Here is a list of past and present ambassadors in your state:

Ambassador for 2011-12:
Wendy Broderick
YMCA of Columbia
1612 Marion Street
Suite 100
Columbia, SC 29201
803-748-9622 x113

Ambassador Emeritus:
Office of Extended Day Programs
Richland County School District One
1225 Oak Street
Suite 101
Columbia, SC 29204

Ambassador Emeritus:
Indian Waters Council Boy Scouts of America
715 Betsy Drive
Columbia, SC 29210

Ambassador Emeritus:
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Upstate
PO Box 2794
Spartanburg, SC 29304
864-583-4867 x102

Ambassador Emeritus:
Community Health Consultant
5 Cheekwood Court
Simpsonville, SC 29680

Ambassador Emeritus:
South Carolina Chamber of Commerce
1201 Main Street
Suite 1700
Columbia, SC 29201
803- 343-5894

State Contact

Zelda Quiller Waymer
Executive Director
South Carolina Afterschool Alliance
1611 Devonshire Drive
Suite 101
Columbia, SC 29204