SHADES of Development believes that children and families have the right to participate in after-school programs that support their beliefs, values and goals. SHADES programs are concerned about the whole child. Therefore, SHADES of Development is diligent in learning about the goals families, schools and communities share for the children in each of our after-school site locations. We realize that each family, school and community is unique and should be celebrated for that uniqueness.

Featured SHADES Staff Members
Over 10!  The following staff members have been part of the SHADES family for 10 years or more!

Photographed left to right
Stacey Duncan - Field Supervisor
Sara Dockery - SAC Specialist at Powell
Kathy Scott - SAC Specialist at Powell
Betty Rose - Site Director at Brickey
Sindy Dawkins-Schade - CEO 
Thank you for your service to the children and families of Knox County!

Stay Informed

  • Be sure to click the "News" tab to read about upcoming and past events.
  • Click the "Curriculum" tab to access the SHADES Events Calendar.  The SHADES Events Calendar has details about days that SHADES is open or closed, weekly themes throughout the school year and the summer and any special events happening at SHADES.  Our goal is to help keep you informed about past, present and future events at SHADES.   
  • Remember to check your parent mailbox each day

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Latest News

New Beginnings - Setting Goals with Children

The New Year is a great time to talk with your child about his/her dreams... Read More
January 06, 2015


In Loving Memory of Nellie Dawkins

Nellie Dawkins began working with SHADES of Development in 1995.  She has served as the Bookkeeper, Preschool Director and Office Manager for SHADES for 18 years.  Nellie always gave her whole self to any job at hand.  She was passionate about children and would spend numerous hours during and after work researching... Read More
November 25, 2014


Inclement Weather
With the impending weather forecast for this winter, please note the SHADES inclement weather policy.  Read More
November 14, 2014