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

Intent to submit a grant application
SHADES of Development intends to submit a grant application in the April 21, 2014 21st Century and LEAPS Grant competition.  An application draft may be viewed at 6703 West Emory Road, Knoxville, TN 37931 between 10:00am and 6:00PM Monday - Friday beginning April 14, 2014 and concluding April 18,... Read More
April 14, 2014


Moms Everyday - Spice Up Spring Break

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Spring Break is right around the corner.  Whether you are traveling or staying close to home, make your time memorable with your children by checking out some of these ideas.

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March 15, 2014


SHADES Extended Preschool Garden-to-Table Kickoff
Wednesday afternoon Mr. Doug Dawkins,... Read More
February 20, 2014