Upcoming Events

The 2015 A “Night for the Children” Gala will be held 7 p.m. Thursday, September 17 at Memminger Auditorium. This year marks the 225th Anniversary of our founding as the Charleston Orphan House, and the special celebration will feature honorary chairs U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr. and North Charleston Mayor R. Keith Summey. The Gala is the biggest fundraiser of the year in support of the Carolina Youth Development Center’s programs serving the community’s most vulnerable youth. Click the button below for more information and to purchase tickets.     

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Carolina Youth Development Center’s Freedom Schools, a nationally-recognized reading and enrichment program of the Children’s Defense Fund that helps stem summer learning loss among the community’s most vulnerable children, launched Monday, June 15 and will be running through July 24. Stay updated on our Freedom Schools guest readers and summer activities by clicking on this link to check out the CYDC blog.


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Caring for Children in the Lowcountry since 1790

Founded in 1790, Carolina Youth Development Center is an important part of Charleston’s historic and cultural heritage, a direct descendant of the Charleston Orphan House, America’s first publicly funded orphanage.

Today, CYDC provides programs reaching over 1200 children and youth locally each year. We care for young people with very serious problems, including physical and sexual abuse, neglect, abandonment, and severe emotional disorders.

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