This center permits the parent free access to his or her child without prior notice, while the child is receiving care, unless there is a court order limiting parental access. This free access must not disrupt instructional activities and classroom routines.


The Sumter School District PERK program will provide each child with a safe environment supervised by a qualified staff. Through a variety of activities children will be able to develop life, social interaction, decision-making and physical skills. It is our desire to offer cooperative learning in a secure fun-filled environment.


PERK will provide opportunities for children to develop an understanding of themselves and others through modeling and age appropriate activities.


Sumter School District has an age-appropriate childcare program, Positive Experiences for Rewarding Kids (PERK), at specific elementary schools.  Each site is a state licensed childcare provider and offers early childhood care with nurturing and engaging preschool activities and school-aged care with recreational and outdoor activities.

Each school site individualizes its program to meet the needs of the parents and children and offers experiences in a secure learning environment.  Some elementary sites operate from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and others operate from 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Services are offered on in-service and teacher workdays.

Although the curriculum varies from school to school, all children are provided with snacks, homework assistance, arts and crafts, and recreational activities. Caregivers/ teachers maintain the required credentials for teaching the children in their care and all receive 15 annual training hours in growth and development, curriculum, and other professional development. Each site has a trained person in CPR and first aide at all times.

The weekly fee is $85 for full day services and $60 for half-day services. There is a discount for additional children. There is also a discount for district employees.  All schools accept the State ABC Voucher program. As mandated by the Department of Social Services Child Care Licensing Division, each site has limited space and will be filled on a first come, first served basis.  Vacant slots are limited and will not be saved unless the parent pays the fee for the week in advance.

Enrollment will take place during orientation at each school by PERK staff.

PERK sites are located at Alice Drive Elementary, Crosswell Drive Elementary,  Millwood Elementary, Wilder Elementary, and Willow Drive Elementary.

The program will not be able to accommodate drop-ins as this is a licensed child development program by the South Carolina Department of Social Services and all forms and paperwork must be on file at all times.