Since 1976, the Novato Youth Center has offered numerous programs to young people and their parents. These programs focus on promoting success in a variety of avenues, including academic achievement, social interactions and community activism. Such after-school programs provide an entertaining and rewarding alternative to many other options available to school children, as well as helping to give them a competitive edge through programs delivering specialized school readiness. A nonprofit charity, the Novato Youth Center strives to meet the needs of the community through sliding scales and lower fees for various classes and activities. Licensed by the California Department of Education.