Bob Burdette Center

Bob Burdette Center

The Bob Burdette Center, Inc. (BBC) is a non-profit afterschool program located on the West Side of Charleston, WV. The BBC provides afterschool programming at three locations and serves student in kindergarten through the 12th grade. After school, students participate in intensive and comprehensive programs that offer academic, physical, social, and emotional enrichment.
Mission Statement

To provide a healthy environment for individual growth that enables youth to experience personal success and become a positive influence in the community.

History of the Bob Burdette Center

The Bob Burdette Center, Inc. is an after-school program that serves West Side children in grades K-12.  It presently operates at three sites – Emmanuel Baptist Church, West Charleston Baptist Church and Calvary Baptist Church

The program began in 1996 as the James Paige Learning Center and operated successfully under that name for two years.  Much of the impetus for the program’s inception came at the urging of Rev. Bob Burdette, for whom the present Center is named.  Rev. Burdette was the Associate Pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church from 1986 until 1995.  It was his long-time vision to see an after school program opened at the church to serve the children of the West Side community.

In 1998, when the James Paige Learning Center was threatened with closure due to the lack of funding, the Emmanuel Baptist Church, realizing the devastating effect of such closure, voted to organize and support a new non-profit organization to be named the Bob Burdette Center, Inc.  Thus, the Center continued operation without interruption.

In the beginning, the Bob Burdette Center served twenty children (grades K-5) from Tiskelwah Elementary School.  Since then, the Center has expanded and now serves over 150 children in grades K through 12from all West Side schools and Capital High School.

The program provides a safe haven and enrichment opportunities for children who might otherwise go unsupervised after school.  Its overwhelming success emphasizes the need for afterschool programming on the West Side. The Bob Burdette Center is making a difference in the lives of children and families.

The Bob Burdette Center receives operating revenues from a combination of federal* and state grant funding and contributions from foundations, churches, individuals, and businesses.  Volunteers also assist in making the program successful.


Emmanuel Baptist Church

1401 Washington Street, West

Served students in grades K-12

Edgewood Elementry 

550 Hawk’s Ridge Rd

Serves students in grades K-5

 North Charleston Baptist Church

1009 Woodward Dr

Serves students in grades K-5


 Homework Assistance



Science, technology, engineering and math enrichment

Second Step Violence Prevention curriculum



Computer Lab

Girl Scouts

Organized gym games

Arts in Action Dance & Adonai Do Karate

Nutritious snack and supper˚

*Funding for this 21st Century Community Learning Center is provided in part by a grant from the United States Department of Education under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Title IV part B, with grant administration carried out by the West Virginia Department of Education

˚Funding provided by the Child and Adult Care Food Program with grant administration carried out by the West Virginia Department of Education Office of Child Nutrition