Why Jump Start?

You have choices for your child’s care after school and during the summer. Why choose Jump Start?


Your child’s safety is our first priority. When picked up at each school, our bus drivers make sure each child is accounted for, with any absentees verified with the school prior to departure. Upon arrival at Jump Start, your child is checked in again by their age specific teachers. No child leaves without parental accompaniment. Parents must sign their child(ren) out each day when they pick up.


Jump Start is founded on Christian principles and uses a faith-based approach to child care, so you can be certain your child will be involved in wholesome activities in an encouraging and uplifting environment. Good words, right actions, and fair play characterize our activities, with no tolerance for inappropriate language or behavior.


Every individual employed at Jump Start has had training as a school teacher or a child care specialist through another program or their church. Each has also undergone a thorough interview and background check. Beyond this, our staff is regularly trained in the Jump Start way of child care, so that your child is treated with the love and support they need and deserve. Our teachers truly care about the kids and make it a point to create a personal relationship with each child.


Jump Start is located at the center of Spartanburg County District 5, within easy driving distance of the elementary and middle schools we serve. We are located just off of Highway 290 on Tucapau Road.


Jump Start shares its facility with our sister company, RTGC (Rhythms Tumbling, Gymnastics, & Cheer), which gives your child access to our spacious 10,000 square foot building, designed with a gymnastics side and an after school side. Our after school side has a lounge feel with plenty of toys, games, electronics, and teaching tools.


Quality child care does not have to be expensive. At Jump Start, you will find affordable 3-day as well as 5-day options for both after school and summer camp programs, with a discount for each additional child. We can also offer a 1-day option to only pick up your child on the day they attend gymnastics or dance classes at one of our sister companies.

*We also offer a 5% discount for full-semester or full-year payment. Learn more about our family-friendly rates in the program area that interests you.

More About Our Facilities

Our after school facility is well-equipped for all your child’s needs:

  • Fun lounge
  • Classroom areas
  • Homework stations
  • Activity centers
  • Large-screen TV viewing area
  • Video gaming area
  • Air hockey station
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout
  • Kitchenette for prepared snacks
  • Vending machines

In addition, students recieve a weekly gymnastics class and semi-weekly dance class included in their tuition. These classes take place in our adjacent gym, where our sister company, Rhythms Tumbling, Gymnastics, & Cheer, offers daily classes by trained instructors.

Outdoor areas surrounding our main facility offer more recreation, including huge swing sets, basketball, football, corn hole, sidewalk art, or just relaxing in the Adirondack chairs.

Schools We Serve

Elementary Schools Middle/Intermediate Schools

  • Abner Creek
  • Duncan
  • Lyman
  • Reidville
  • River Ridge
  • Wellford
  • Beech Springs
  • Berry Shoals
  • Florence Chapel

*Pickup is also available outside of District 5 for an additional fee.

Rhythms Dance Shuttle Service

We also offer shuttle service to our other sister company, Rhythms Dance, just a mile away on Highway 290 (1582 E. Main Street, Duncan).

Our Staff

Mark Eleazer


Kim Blackstone

Operations Manager

Avonda Mitchem


Judy Hurst

Front Desk

Meet Our Amazing Jump Start Staff!


From Left to Right: Ms. Becca, Ms. Lauren, Ms. Casey,

Ms. Ebony, Ms. Destiney, Ms. Angelene, Ms. Judy, Ms. Avonda


Be sure to check out the rest of the Rhythms Family!

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