Community Based Programs

Teen After-School Center

Creating a safe, supportive after-school environment where youth can receive assistance with homework, enjoy a healthy snack and play with friends, improves child development and well-being.

CYDC partners with the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) to host a community Teen After-School Centers (TASCs). This nationally recognized program is specifically designed to improve youth  social/emotional/behavioral health while preventing involvement in the juvenile justice system or likelihood of incarceration. In the program youth are served with structured time, activities, and supervision between the end of the school day and when parents return from work.


  • Youth ages 12 – 17.
  • Residence in Charleston or Berkeley County.

Community-Based Prevention Services

CYDC is a member of the Empowering Families Network which provides timely, integrated and culturally competent case management services to families who have assessed as having sufficient risk factors that could potentially result in harm to the children if left unaddressed. 

The program aims to eliminate or significantly reduce identified risk factors for child abuse and neglect, and to enhance protective factors in families that result in the development of a plan to keep families together. An additional goal is to improve community networks that strengthen support systems for families in need.


Family Support Center

CYDC’s Family Support Center, located in the George Williams building on CYDC’s North Charleston campus, is focused on providing Lowcountry families with the support and services they need to remain intact and thrive. Services include

  • Community-Based Prevention Services delivered in-home to increase a family’s ability to parent and handle everyday stressors, help build a support system for the family and build a parent’s confidence to care for and raise their children.
  • Family Therapy as a way to address trauma as a family or open lines of communication in ways that benefit the family as a unit. 
  • Individual Therapy to address individual trauma, well-being and mental health.
  • Strengthening Families Program, an evidenced-based family skills training program designed to help families develop positive discipline practices, stay resilient in tough times, reduce conflict, improve parenting skills and assist children with social skills, relationship and school performance.

Services are provided by master’s level human services clinicians, therapists and group facilitators.