The mission of the G.A.P. is to develop the youth of our community by strengthening life skills in a safe, positive environment. The G.A.P. is licensed by the State of South Dakota Department of Social Services and can provide care for up to 400 children. The morning program is available for children K-14 years of age. The after school and summer programs are available for children K- 6th grade. An updated fees schedule is available at each site, through parent letters, and on the registration form.
Through recreational, educational and developmental activities, children are given the optimum opportunity to grow physically, socially, emotionally, and intellectually. The G.A.P. serves the children in grades K-6 enrolled in the Brookings schools by providing quality care for children during the before and after-school hours. During the summer, care is provided for any child living in Brookings or whose parents work in the Brookings community.
While at the G.A.P., children will be offered a planned program of activities, nutritious breakfasts and snacks, and accounting for their whereabouts after school and during the summer. The G.A.P. main office is located in Faith Reformed Church. Children attend at the following sites:
The G.A.P. admits students of any race, color, handicap, national origin, or ethnic group. Additional paperwork may need to be completed to provide optimal care.
The G.A.P. coordinator and staff are mandated by SDCL 26-10-10 to report any suspected incident involving child abuse or neglect to the South Dakota Department of Social Services and the local police department.