Charleston County Community Education

CCCE organizes educational and enrichment classes, implements the Kaleidoscope Afterschool Program, oversees non-school time use of school facility buildings, and collaborates with partner organizations to help strengthen the community.

Depending on location and local need, programs and activities may include: family resources, parent involvement, school-to-work opportunities, school-age child care and extended learning programs; community service and service learning activities; enrichment programs for all community members; and Adult Basic Education and Graduate Equivalency Diploma (GED) programs. The CE program works with community members to identify community needs and the resources available to meet them. The program promotes cooperation, partnerships, and collaboration in serving the needs of the local community. Community Education has three basic components: 1. Lifelong Learning 2. Community Involvement 3. Efficient Use of Resources

Mission: Provide a safe, secure and supervised education enrichment and recreation program for elementary school children ages 5-10 in Charleston County.

CCSD students challenged to rename Kaleidoscope after-school program

The rename contest begins today! Kids, put on your thinking caps. The Charleston County School District is counting on its students’ creativity to come up with a new name and logo for its after-school program, now known as Kaleidoscope.

CCSD Rename CCSD's After School Programs All Charleston County School District students are invited to enter the, “Rename CCSD’s After School Program and Logo Design” contest.. The current...

Charleston County Community Education

Charleston County Community Education

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[11/22/13]   On Saturday, November 16, 2013, Charleston Literacy Roundtable sponsored the Reading on the Circle event in North Charleston. Several thousand books were donated and got into the hands of well over 500 people from infants to grandparents. We are happy to say, all of the children’s books were distributed!

Special thanks to the eight Wando Kaleidoscope sites that held a book drive to collect books to be distributed at this event, our enrichment partners who provided free services (jumpy castles, mad science, first tee, bricks for kids, and not your mother’s hula hoops), and Wando JROTC and Wando Teacher Cadets and many volunteers from the Kaleidoscope staff made this day a huge success! (See Photo Gallery)

[11/22/13]   On Saturday, November 16, 2013, Charleston Literacy Roundtable sponsored the Reading on the Circle event in North Charleston. Several thousand books were donated and got into the hands of well over 500 people from infants to grandparents. We are happy to say, all of the children’s books were distributed!

Special thanks to the eight Wando Kaleidoscope sites that held a book drive to collect books to be distributed at this event, our enrichment partners who provided free services (jumpy castles, mad science, first tee, bricks for kids, and not your mother’s hula hoops), and Wando JROTC and Wando Teacher Cadets and many volunteers from the Kaleidoscope staff made this day a huge success! (See Photo Gallery)

Reading on the Circle

Reading on the Circle

[11/19/13]   CCSD 1st After-School Tennis Showcase took place Saturday, November 16, 2013, at the Charleston Tennis Center. Students from Mamie P. Whitesides and Charles Pinckney Kaleidoscope program won first place in their division. Heather and Trina won 1st place in the coaches division! Awesome Job!!! Once again thank you to all of the site-coordinators and staff who took the time out of their day to help pull this event off. ( See more pictures in our photo gallery)

Afterschool Tennis

Afterschool Tennis

[11/18/13]   Congratulations to those students that finished 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in the "children's group" at the Teacher Supply Closet's 5k Race on Saturday, November 9, 2013, at Wannamaker Park.

Special Highlight of the event: Pat Monteith from Hursey Elementary finished 3rd overall for all age groups. Great Job Pat!

Teacher's Supply Closet 5k Run

Teacher's Supply Closet 5k Run

Goodwin Elementary Kaleidoscope student, Jasmin Santiago, won the North Charleston Recreation Department’s Veterans Day Essay Contest! The “What is a Veteran” essay contest is held each year by the North Charleston Recreation Department in their afterschool programs.
Jasmin Santiago had the honor of reading her essay to a crowd of over 500 people at the North Charleston’s 2013 Veterans Day Luncheon on Monday, November 11, 2013 at Park Circle. She was recognized and presented with a bicycle by the Mayor of North Charleston, Mayor R. Keith Summey. Students in the afterschool programs participated in the essay and poster contest, with Garrett Community School Kaleidoscope students taking first place for both areas.

[10/18/13]   The Kaleidoscope Staff Training was held on Saturday, September 28, 2013, at Charleston School of the Arts. Over 230 Kaleidoscope employees across the District attended the all day training hosted by Foundations Center for Extended Learning. Areas of focus: Aligning with the School, Hands-On Literacy, STEM for all, Involving Families and Building Successful Community Partnerships. (See Photo Album: Foundations Kaleidoscope Staff Training)

Foundations Kaleidoscope Staff Training

Foundations Kaleidoscope Staff Training

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[08/28/13]   Hootie's Homegrown Roundup was a great success this past Saturday, August 24th, at Burke High School. Parents and Students were able to receive a variety of resources and service to help prepare them for the 2013-2014 school year. See NBC Nightly News interview with Shelia Grier, Community School Director of the Downtown Community.
NBC Nightly News: Shelia Grier's interview at Hootie's Homegrown Round-up

Kids from CCSD's Bobcat Summer Daycamp program began swim lessons and water safety instruction today at Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission's new portable pool. Through partnerships with the Charleston County School District, the Community Services of Edisto, and the Lowcountry Aquatic Swimming Project, CCPRC recently launched a program whose goal targets children in our often under-serviced rural areas. This pilot project will next travel to John's Island, providing lessons for kids attending CCSD's Island Explorer's Summer Daycamp.

Charleston County Parks

School might be out, but the learning doesn't have to stop. Join us at Kiawah Beachwalker Park on June 13 to find out what's really happening at the Bottom of the Food Chain.

[05/24/13]   On May 16th, James Island Community Education held their 4th annual spring banquet at the James Island Charter High School. This annual event provides an opportunity for community fellowship and networking, gives an overview of services and opportunities provided by James Island Community Education, and recognizes and “celebrates our community and those that strengthen it!”

Those honored with recognition at the event included:
Volunteer of the Year: Sherri Smalls and Tim Holly
Youth Leader of the Year: Cassidy Kvestad
Citizen Leadership Award: Keith Bolus
Distinguished Service Award: Angela McLaughlin and
Joseph Barbour

Steve Kugelman, James Island Community Education director, also recognized his devoted staff, and Jacqui Kennedy from the City of Charleston Mayor’s Office.

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[05/01/13]   James Island Community Education Kaleidoscope "Readers Theatre Club" will be performing at a town hall gathering for the entire school on May 3rd at JIES.

Adventure Out: Effort between MUSC and PRC kicks off ‘green exercise’ initiative One of the newest terms creating a buzz in the fitness world actually describes something quite old.

[04/29/13]   Staff, Students, and Families of CCSD are invited to join the Department of Exceptional Children Services & the Federation of Families of South Carolina for MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS DAY.

Thursday, May 9, 2013, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
CCSD Board Room
Theme: Because All Kids Matter!
Special Topic: Bullying
Speaker: Dr. McLeod F. Gwynette, Assistant Professor, MUSC Youth Psychiatry Division

Top Dog 2013 Mascot Photo Shoot at James Island County Park

Sit, Stay..
and watch this amazing video of the new TOP DOG MASCOT's recent photo shoot at James Island County Park.

Meet Sampson, our Top Dog Mascot for 2013! He is a happy, 6-year old Cocker mix. Winning the "Vice Top Dog" spot is Abbey, a 2-year-old English Springer Span...

Charleston County Parks and Recreation - Shaggin' on the Cooper

Put on your dancing shoes, and join you friends at the Mt. P Pier. Shaggin' on the Cooper, mount pleasant pier, moonlight mixer

Student Poster Design Contest for Lights on Afterschool. Get out the markers!

We’ve extended the Lights On Afterschool poster contest deadline to June 1!

Community Education, SC - Official Website

James Island CE reports successful growth in academic achievement in Kaleidoscope Afterschool Programs with the assistance of tutors. Weekly, tutors work with a small group of students who have been identified as in need of additional help. Tutor, Ms. Michelle uses mini white boards, index cards, etc. to engage students with problems/questions she creates, based on the individual student’s need. Students respond well to this small group time and look forward to some one on one time with an adult that can help move them in the right direction before they have their Friday tests. Community Education continues to advance CCSD academic achievement goals in the Kaleidoscope programs. For more information on how you can become involved, check out volunteer information at the CE website. Home

LAPS teaches Charleston County kids to swim so they can overcome fear of water, be safer

Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission is part of making summer safer for our community children. Shannon O'Brien smiles as she watches kindergartners hold onto the side of the pool, laughing while they kick their feet freestyle in the water behind them.

2009 ABC Exercise & Learning

Activity and movement promotes healthy brains, academic success and wellness! An inspiring (and fun) workshop about "Action Based Learning" was presented to our Kaleidoscope Afterschool Site Coordinators yesterday by CCSD Athletic Director, David Spurlock. Watch this concept in action....

This story is another example of why exercise & movement are critical to improving learning opportunities in the classroom. Highlighted in the story is Jean ...

The Next Generation Science Standards | Next Generation Science Standards

Planning for STEM inclusion. The Next Generation Science Standards are now available. Twenty-six states and their broad-based teams worked together with a 41-member writing team and partners throughout the country to develop the standards.

Drayton Hall tennis program a success in Tri-County League

Drayton Hall Elementary School’s tennis team, coached by Callie Watford (right), was recognized on center court during the Family Circle Cup tennis tournament. Callie Watford’s coaching story is a familiar one: A child wanted to play a sport and there were not enough adults to coach.

[04/19/13]   Big News! The Kaleidoscope Program at Pepperhill Elementary received a letter and an autographed picture from President O'Bama in response to letters that the students mailed to him for President’s Day. Great job students!

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Charleston County Parks and Recreation Adventure Out is a month-long outdoor fitness campaign to encourage residents to visit county parks for exercise. Exercising outdoors or “green exercise” has many additional benefits to indoor fitness activities, including stress management, improved self-esteem and mood, increased frequency of exer...

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