Berkeley County First Steps helps ensure young children are ready for school in Berkeley County, SC We are a nonprofit supported by donations, grants, and government funds.
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PARENTS IN GOOSE CREEK ☼ Parents of children in the Devon Forest Elementary area: did you know? Our free, absolutely no cost Parents As Teachers program is available now in Goose Creek! This program’s mission is to provide the info, support, and encouragement parents need to help their children develop to their fullest during the crucial early years of life.
We provide child health screenings, certified parent educators, monthly home visits, access to community resources, fun family incentives, group connections with other families, and more! Sign up now for free: contact Cirella at the email address shown or call 843.820.3880 #BrightFutures #HealthyChildren #LoveToLearn
CONNECTED FAMILIES ☼ We're enrolling Berkeley County DSS parents of young children! How our Parents As Teachers program for DSS families helps set up children age 0-5 for a lifetime of learning and success - https://mailchi.mp/12b0431ec60a/bcfs-feb-2022
SEEKING HEAD START STAFF ☼ One of our partners, Betty’s Day Care & Pre-School in St. Stephen, is seeking Early Head Start teachers with at least 1-2 years of experience with children age 10 months to 3 years old who are willing to further their education.
These positions come with 35-40 hours per week and weekly pay. See the job description at bit.ly/bettys-head-start! Questions? Contact Kristen Smalls at 843.567.2624 #BrightFutures #LoveToLearn
Today we are reading Peeny Butter Fudge by Toni Morrison and Slade Morrison. The book is illustrated by Joe Cepeda.
We will be reading the story and then going into the kitchen to make our own recipe.
Adults if you want to make the pudding you'll need: Instant pudding, Milk, a jar or cup with a lid, and measuring utensils.
You can email Mr. Nathan at [email protected] for any of the activities
PRESCHOOL PARENTS ☼ Did you know? Our HIPPY program (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters) partners with parents to prepare their children for success in school. We’re enrolling families now! Children will: be ready to start school with confidence, gain readiness skills for kindergarten, and be set up to achieve long-term success.
Become more involved in your child’s learning: bit.ly/HIPPYAPP21 or contact Angelique Stewart #ReadyForKindergarten #LoveToLearn #BrightFutures
ESTABLISHING HEALTHY BOUNDARIES ☼ Join us & our partners for our virtual February 2022 Wellness Happy Hour and learn how you can establish health boundaries in *your* relationships! All are welcome, and attendance is free.
Our speakers will be identity & relationship specialists Stephanie M. Kirkland and Velintcia Ford. Register to get your Zoom link at bit.ly/Feb25WHH, and see more about our speakers at https://bit.ly/boundaries-bios
#HealthyFamilies #HappyFamilies #BrightFutures
INCLUSIVE STORYTIME ☼ Young children, especially those ages 2-5, are invited to our February 2022 virtual storytime with our #inclusion assistant, Nathan Todd! He’ll be reading from "Peeny Butter Fudge" by Tori Morrison & Slade Morrison and illustrated by Joe Cepeda. Children will learn about family traditions and the importance of grandparents.
To attend, simply go to our page at facebook.com/BerkeleyCountyFirstSteps where we'll stream it live from 11 to 11:30 AM. See you there!
Special thanks to the Coastal Community Foundation and Charles Webb / Ed Croft Foundation for making this program possible #SocialInclusion #LoveToLearn #BrightFutures
EARLY EDUCATION STAR ☼ We’re delighted to announce that our February recipient of the Berkeley County First Steps Star Teacher of the Month award is Mrs. Elizabeth McQueen of St. James AME Church Child Center!
“She has a vibrant personality and passion for her job,” writes her nominator. “She is eager to teach the children, [ who ] adore her and are excited to enter her classroom each day.” Congratulations, Elizabeth! Enjoy your award & gift card to the fullest #BrightFutures#OutstandingChildCareProfessional #EarlyEducationExcellence
TRI COUNTY FAMILY QUILT REVEAL ☼ Join us & the Tri-County Play Collaborative on Sunday, Feb 20, from 10 AM to noon at the Children's Museum of the Lowcountry for the big reveal of this months-long project!
See the stories of families across the tri-county on each quilt square while enjoying storytelling, food, and drinks. Our guest speaker will be Cookie Washington… and if you aren’t able to join us in person, you can catch it via Zoom at t.ly/S99D #EarlyEducation #LoveToLearn #BrightFutures
READING ALOUD ☼ Child care professionals, you're invited! Attend this free virtual workshop and discover why reading aloud is so important in supporting early literacy skills. You'll also learn the mystery & magic of Reading Aloud, and techniques to enhance the process. Register at https://bit.ly/read-BCFS #BrightFutures #LoveToLearn #QualityChildCareSeries
LICENSED THERAPISTS ☼ Our partners have been talking about the growing number of children and parents who have Medicaid but are unable to located a qualified, trauma-informed therapist in our area. This is a real concern! If you’re a trauma-informed therapist who accepts Medicaid OR if you’re qualified to accept Medicaid but choose not to, please fill out this survey: https://bit.ly/TFT-survey
This will allow our partners to highlight the reasons therapists often do not accept Medicaid, and to suggest changes to the Healthy Connections Medicaid system in SC so that more can access the mental health services they desperately need #MentalHealth #ChildTherapists #FamilyTherapists #SocialWorkers #BrighterFutures
UNDERSTANDING EARLY LANGUAGE ☼ Child care professionals, you're invited! Attend this free virtual workshop and learn how children acquire language and literacy skills, and intentional strategies to support this learning process. Every routine & learning experience of a child deserves a conversation! Register at bit.ly/early-lang #BrightFutures #EarlyLearning #QualityChildCareSeries
STORY WALK ☼ This weekend, get out and enjoy both nature & a delightful children’s story with your little one at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens’ Children’s Garden! The rain will be gone by tomorrow morning, and Live 5 News says early morning clouds will quickly give way to sunshine, so it’s the perfect opportunity to explore our new Tri-County Play Collaborative story walk: My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss #OutdoorLearning #LoveToLearn #BrightFutures
QUILT PROJECT ☼ We’re part of the Tri-County Play Collaborative, and its Tri County Quilt Project is almost ready to wrap up! If you know a family who’d like to take part, quilt squares are still available.
It’s a great activity to do with your little ones… plus we want to really see our Berkeley County families’ stories represented in the quilt! All that’s needed is an address (for drop-off of the quilt squares) and how many you’d like https://bit.ly/tri-county-quilt #CreativeLearning #BrightFutures
THIS SATURDAY ☼ Bring your children to join us & our partners Magnolia Plantation and Gardens for Come Grow With Us!
Children 2nd grade & younger will enjoy learning about seeds, children in grades 3-5 will wax real camellia blossoms, kids in grades 6-8 will learn all about soil, and kids in high school & adults will enjoy a demonstration of grafting & a personalized tour of the Garden’s camellia collection.
Get your (inexpensive) tickets at https://bit.ly/come-grow #OutdoorLearning #LoveToLearn
FRIDAY AT 7 PM ☼ Join us and our partners KRS Palmetto Poodles for this month’s virtual Wellness Happy Hour! We’ll discuss human trafficking and how to help prevent it. Helpful for educators, and also for individuals, houses of worship, and organizations! Register at bit.ly/Jan22WHH
One tip? Human traffickers often target youth! To combat this, become a mentor to a young person or someone in need. Traffickers often target those going through a difficult time or who lack strong support systems. As a mentor, you can be involved in new & positive experiences in that person’s life during a formative time www.state.gov/20-ways-you-can-help-fight-human-trafficking
#FreedomForAll #NationalHumanTraffickingAwarenessMonth #EndTrafficking #FreedomFirst
Today we are reading "Completely Matt" by Justine Green, Ed.D.
A story about ADHD
NEW YEAR ☼ We're excited to say we've seen exponential growth due to increased funding, which has positioned us to hire new team members & more. Read on to see some of the new ways we'll serve children, parents, and providers in 2022! - https://mailchi.mp/1df14238a9bd/bcfs-jan-2022
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