Prime Time

Prime Time Office: 678-2451

Image of graduate coming out of red and yellow book with caption Cumberland County Schools Prime TimeAbout Prime Time:

Cumberland County Schools’ Prime Time is a 3-star licensed North Carolina Department of Child Development and Early Education (NCDCDEE) before and after school program. Since its start in 1990, Prime Time has been a trusted provider for thousands of families in Cumberland County.

Program Goals:

Prime Time’s goal is to help children to develop to their fullest potential by focusing on:
*Physical and recreational skills
*Self-awareness, confidence and feelings of self-worth
*Promoting creativity and self-expression
*Fostering independence and decision making
*Helping children develop social skills and interpersonal relationships


Prime Time has the potential to offer before and after school care at all Cumberland County elementary schools. A minimum of 15 participants is required. During the 2019-2020 school year, Prime Time served more the 1,400 children at 30 elementary school locations. To view all Prime Time locations visit

Curriculum & Schedule:

The Prime Time curriculum is creatively planned to meet all NCDCDEE State standards to best fit the children’s interests and needs in our care. The curriculum will include sports, science, arts & crafts, building, dramatic play, music, special events, and problem-solving activities. Both staff-instructed and self-instructed activity options are available. Prime Time understands how busy families are today, so homework time is available as an activity option every day!

Example Afternoon Schedule:

Dismissal – 3:30 p.m. – Wash Hands, Eat Snack, and a minimum of 30 Minutes of Outdoor Play
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – 1st Staff Instructed Choice Activity Time
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. –2nd Staff Instructed Choice Activity Time
5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Supervised Free Time – All Activity Stations Open
*Homework and Reading Stations are open all day as alternate options.

Program Staff:

When it comes to staff, Prime Time’s standards are as high as yours. All staff undergoes a criminal background fingerprint check before hire and every three years thereafter. They are required to have a physical exam, tuberculin test (TB), and complete a 15-hour orientation before working with children. All staff is expected to become certified in Infant, Child, and Adult First Aid/CPR and maintain the certification throughout their employment. A minimum of 15-hours of on-going professional development is completed annually.

The Prime Time staff must qualify for their position based on education and training
requirements with the State of North Carolina.

Programs and Fees:


Subsidy and Financial Aid: 

Prime Time accepts vouchers from the Department of Social Services (DSS) and provides financial aid for those that qualify. Prime Time financial aid applications are available here Army families, Soldiers, and US Army Civilians are eligible to receive fee assistance through Child Care Aware of America (CCAA). Please call CCAA at 1-800-424-2246 to request an application.

For more information on Prime Time, please visit their website at: