Berkeley County First Steps

Berkeley County First Steps


Este lunes en PASOs Para Crecer tenemos a Erla Soto y Abigail Santiago desde Berkeley County First Steps. Ellas hablarán acerca de la Autonomía. El desarrollo de la Autonomía es un objetivo prioritario en la primera infancia. Un niño o niña autónomo es aquel que es capaz de realizar por sí mismo aquellas tareas y actividades propias de los niños y niñas de su edad y de su entorno sociocultural. Esperemos que disfruten de este video.

#scpasos #carolinadelsur #desarolloinfantil #autonomia #pasosparacrecer #berkeleycounty #firststeps South Carolina First Steps
WhooHooo! We are excited about the opportunities created by this grant award and look forward to strengthening the Tri-County Play Collaborative with Berkeley County First Steps and Dorchester County First Steps! Thank you South Carolina First Steps!
Come and play with us Thursday for our FIRST open weekday since March 2020, but tomorrow enjoy this great virtual storytime with our friends from Berkeley County First Steps!
STAND AGAINST RACISM | Thank you to our partners in our annual #StandAgainstRacism: Berkeley County First Steps The MEDI Community Resource CenterThe Charleston Promise Neighborhood Metanoia Coastal Community Foundation College of Charleston Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative The Citadel, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lowcountry @SheStrongCHS, North Charleston Police Department Trident United Way Reading Partners South Carolina and The Avery Institute of Afro American History & Culture! They all #StandAgainstRacism with us. Sign the pledge along with them at #EliminatingRacism #OnAMission
SPANISH SPEAKERS WHO LOVE CHILDREN | Our partners at Berkeley County First Steps are looking to hire a full time community health worker who speaks English and Spanish to reach out to help families of young children! Check out their ad in El Informador News #SocialDeterminantsOfHealth
TONIGHT AT 7 | Please join us & our good partner Berkeley County First Steps for Our Bodies, Our Choices. This virtual event is free & open to all! With the uncertainties of #COVID19, it’s more important than ever for women & families to be fully aware of their options as it relates to reproductive health, birth support, and birth control.

When planning a family, having the ability to decide when and how allows you to take the time needed to do it right. At this event, you’ll learn about the types of birth control that are available for free or low cost, and which is best for your lifestyle. Zoom info here: #WomensHealth #ChooseWell
TODAY AT 2:30 | Do you give care to your child, to a parent, to students? Then take time for yourself this afternoon! You’re invited to our partner Berkeley County First Steps ' “Caring for the Caregiver” virtual self-care event today from 2:30 to 4. You’ll enjoy restful mindfulness & movement activities, plus journaling, with Transformation Yoga and Circulos de Bienestar (bilingual!). Zoom info at
Have you registered for the #LECCC panel discussion yet? There’s still time. Register via the Zoom link below. And don’t forget to share it with a friend or organization. We look forward to seeing you there!
Join the LECCC for a panel discussion on how early #childhood development and the #TriCounty region has been affected by the #COVID19 pandemic.

This virtual event is the second of three convenings exploring the implications and overall impact the current pandemic and how we can co-create a #community response and #recovery effort that works for all people in the Tri-County. Join the community and hear from experts and practitioners on the front lines that serve #children and #families during this extraordinary time, and what it means to provide such critical services in these unprecedented times.

Denise Stanley Baker - Family Child Care Provider
Janette Glen - Parents as Teachers Home Visitor
Kennae Miller - Founder of Transformation Yoga
Dr. Ashley Vaughn - Early Childhood Professor
Dr. Simone Chinnis - Family Nurse Practitioner


Trident United Way Berkeley County First Steps Dorchester County First Steps Charleston County First Steps Children's Museum of the Lowcountry Charleston County School District Berkeley County School District PASOs Transformation Yoga Help Me Grow SC
Join us and our friends Tri-County Play Collaborative, @tricountycradletocareer, Trident United Way, Berkeley County First Steps, Dorchester County First Steps for this important event!
Register now for this Caring for the Caregivers event! Berkeley County First Steps Tri-County Play Collaborative Dorchester County First Steps Promotores de PASOs en Charleston
SUCCESS STORY | Renée Boynton-Jarrett MD is a pediatrician who has spent her career studying the intersection of community violence, domestic violence, child abuse & neglect, and neighborhood characteristics that influence these. Now she's developing community impact strategies to reduce child mistreatment in 3 neighborhoods. We need more like her! | Via Berkeley County First Steps #EmpoweringWomen
SUCCESS STORY | This one comes to us via Berkeley County First Steps! Dr. Carol Brunson Day has dedicated her life to rectifying systemic disparities in the early childhood education workforce, working tirelessly with data to outline racial disparities and develop strategies to fix them. She served as CEO of the Council for Professional Recognition for 20 years, as president of the National Black Child Development Institute, and president of the NAEYC #EmpoweringWomen

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.

Now there's a new way to donate! Conveniently give to us with the Givelify app or website:

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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 -

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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! Questions? Contact Kristen Smalls at 843.567.2624 #BrightFutures #LoveToLearn


Story Time with Mr. Nathan | Peeny Butter Fudge

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

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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: or contact Angelique Stewart #ReadyForKindergarten #LoveToLearn #BrightFutures

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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, and see more about our speakers at

#HealthyFamilies #HappyFamilies #BrightFutures

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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 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

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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

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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 #EarlyEducation #LoveToLearn #BrightFutures

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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 #BrightFutures #LoveToLearn #QualityChildCareSeries

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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:

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

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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 #BrightFutures #EarlyLearning #QualityChildCareSeries

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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

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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 #CreativeLearning #BrightFutures

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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 #OutdoorLearning #LoveToLearn

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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

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

#FreedomForAll #NationalHumanTraffickingAwarenessMonth #EndTrafficking #FreedomFirst


Story Time with Mr. Nathan

Today we are reading "Completely Matt" by Justine Green, Ed.D.

A story about ADHD

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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! -

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Story Time with Mr. Nathan
Tri-County First Steps Emergency Town Hall Meeting for the Child Care Community
" I Like Myself!" by Karen Beaumont
Virtual Story Time: Calvin Can't Fly by Jennifer Berne
Caring for the Caregiver!
Cuidando a los Cuidadores/Caring for the Caregivers
Cuidando a los Cuidadores/Caring for the Caregivers
Caring for the Caregiver-December 2020!
Cuidando a los Cuidadores





6215 Murray Dr
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