Charleston County First Steps

Our mission is to ensure that all Charleston County children are healthy and ready for kindergarten. After the alarming realization that one in seven children in South Carolina is not ready for first grade, the General Assembly created South Carolina First Steps to School Readiness in 1999.

First Steps is a statewide school readiness initiative. WHY EARLY CHILDHOOD MATTERS:
Investments in early childhood pay big dividends. Decades of scientific research suggest that the early years critically influence a child's success in life. Healthy development and enriched early learning experiences for young children can shape their long-term successes, and reduce costs associated with later school retention, crime and social services.

Operating as usual

10/26/2021

STEM: Spooky Cauldron

Elliot and Ms. Devon show how to have fun with a Halloween activity perfect for little ones!

Timeline Photos 10/26/2021

TOMORROW!

WEDNESDAY AT 7 PM ☼ Join us for a discussion of the physical, emotional, and social impacts the pandemic has caused our young children, especially #children with #disabilities!

“Behavioral Health Supports for Children with Special Needs during the Time of COVID” will take place virtually this Wednesday evening, October 27. Guest experts will be Dr. Cerissa Hugie, founder & CEO of MyNDSpace Mental Health Education & Consulting, and Isis Spann CEO of Fundamentals of Learning. Register at https://bit.ly/COVID-spec-needs #BrightFutures

10/24/2021

Do you enjoy Story times with your children? Our resident story teller, Mr. Nathan does story time the last Wednesday of every month. Go to his page, YouTube, or page to find more information and past stories!
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If you have enjoyed Mr. Nathan's story times in the past, please subscribe to his YouTube and help him get to 100 subscribers!
#storytimewithmrnathan #storytime #reading #childrensbooks #childeducation #YouTube #fun #youth #developmentalplay

10/23/2021

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

10/23/2021

Hoy, Sabado 23 de octubre tenemos un GRAN BABY SHOWER de 11 a 1 en el Citadel Mall, 2070 Sam Rittenberg Blvd, CHARLESTON, SC 29407. Las primeras 500 madres embarazadas recibirán un regalo gratis. Por favor compártelo. Nos vemos allí. Gracias #charlestonhispanicassociation

10/22/2021

Hey again parents!

If you are a parent of a child with a disability ages 6 or younger, please help us by filling out this survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScybni4tED1z7x-dNKQVN0dh4nePgL-dQluhFc3iNW9esp09A/viewform

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10/22/2021

Halloween is for mixing fun with a bit of spookiness, but for parents of kids with food allergies, this celebration can be frightening for serious reasons.The Teal Pumpkin Project is a simple way to make trick-or-treating safer and more inclusive for the one in 13 children living with food allergies. Placing a teal pumpkin on your doorstep signals that, in addition to candy, you offer non-food treats that are safe for all trick or treaters. For more information: https://www.foodallergy.org/our-initiatives/awareness-campaigns/living-teal/teal-pumpkin-project#.Vi5kgbxR6G8
And https://www.today.com/parents/teal-pumpkins-highlight-allergy-awareness-halloween-t52361?fbclid=IwAR1RIABGgiM88qc4HnJElIQam61zlwrVtRE9F6FdT8i-9rVbWWo9QVm-0uM

Halloween is for mixing fun with a bit of spookiness, but for parents of kids with food allergies, this celebration can be frightening for serious reasons.The Teal Pumpkin Project is a simple way to make trick-or-treating safer and more inclusive for the one in 13 children living with food allergies. Placing a teal pumpkin on your doorstep signals that, in addition to candy, you offer non-food treats that are safe for all trick or treaters. For more information: https://www.foodallergy.org/our-initiatives/awareness-campaigns/living-teal/teal-pumpkin-project#.Vi5kgbxR6G8
And https://www.today.com/parents/teal-pumpkins-highlight-allergy-awareness-halloween-t52361?fbclid=IwAR1RIABGgiM88qc4HnJElIQam61zlwrVtRE9F6FdT8i-9rVbWWo9QVm-0uM

Photos from Charleston County First Steps's post 10/21/2021

REGISTER NOW for this FREE Kinship Caregiver Conference at the end of the month. See both pics for full information.

Early Childhood Innovation Grant to Help Local First Steps Organizations Assist Hard-to-Reach Families from All Economic Backgrounds 10/20/2021

Early Childhood Innovation Grant to Help Local First Steps Organizations Assist Hard-to-Reach Families from All Economic Backgrounds

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!

Early Childhood Innovation Grant to Help Local First Steps Organizations Assist Hard-to-Reach Families from All Economic Backgrounds Press Release Berkeley County First Steps, together with Charleston County First Steps and Dorchester County First Steps, has received a $198,000 grant from South Carolina First Steps to support the three agencies’ Tri-County Play Collaborative initiative over a period of two years. The three agen...

Photos from Charleston County First Steps's post 10/20/2021

Look for us THIS SATURDAY at the Citadel Mall!

10/19/2021

This is #HeadStartAwareness Month! We offer a home-based Early Head Start program and the center-based Early Head Start – Child Care Partnership Program. Like all Head Start programs, these programs provide services in the following areas:
1. Health- All children receive health and developmental screenings, mental health support, and nutritious meals.
2. Early learning- Children form relationships with caring adults and other children as they grow in their understanding of language and literacy, mathematics, physical well-being and motor development.
3. Family well-being- Head Start programs strengthen and support children’s relationships with their parents and bring families together to show the importance of education, financial security, and housing stability.
For more information, visit our website: www.charlestonfirststeps.org

This is #HeadStartAwareness Month! We offer a home-based Early Head Start program and the center-based Early Head Start – Child Care Partnership Program. Like all Head Start programs, these programs provide services in the following areas:
1. Health- All children receive health and developmental screenings, mental health support, and nutritious meals.
2. Early learning- Children form relationships with caring adults and other children as they grow in their understanding of language and literacy, mathematics, physical well-being and motor development.
3. Family well-being- Head Start programs strengthen and support children’s relationships with their parents and bring families together to show the importance of education, financial security, and housing stability.
For more information, visit our website: www.charlestonfirststeps.org

Depression and Resilience || Talking Mental Health with Young Children 10/19/2021

Depression and Resilience || Talking Mental Health with Young Children

All month, Dr. Nefertiti Poyner will be offering tips and ideas for both professionals and parents/families on how to talk about mental health with infants, toddlers, and preschool-age children. That's right ... it's never too early! Check out the third episode, where Nefertiti discusses the words "depression" and "resilience."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GInKQJAYPbs

Depression and Resilience || Talking Mental Health with Young Children October 19, 2021In recognition of both Mental Illness Awareness Week and World Mental Health Day, we are dedicating this YouTube limited series (Talking Ment...

10/18/2021

THIS THURSDAY, beginning at 12PM, the City of Charleston Housing Authority will be accepting online preliminary applications for its Housing Choice Voucher Program (formerly Section Eight). https://chacity.myhousing.com/
Anyone needing assistance with the housing application should contact The Navigation Center at (855) 355-1200 to make an appointment, so they can plan an adequate number of volunteers.
If you are a person(s) with disabilities that limits your ability to access the online preliminary application process, please go to the Housing Authority of the City of Charleston at 550 Meeting Street on Monday, October 18, 2021, between 10:00am and 4:00pm to request a reasonable accommodation.

THIS THURSDAY, beginning at 12PM, the City of Charleston Housing Authority will be accepting online preliminary applications for its Housing Choice Voucher Program (formerly Section Eight). https://chacity.myhousing.com/
Anyone needing assistance with the housing application should contact The Navigation Center at (855) 355-1200 to make an appointment, so they can plan an adequate number of volunteers.
If you are a person(s) with disabilities that limits your ability to access the online preliminary application process, please go to the Housing Authority of the City of Charleston at 550 Meeting Street on Monday, October 18, 2021, between 10:00am and 4:00pm to request a reasonable accommodation.

CCPL giving away free at-home COVID tests at select branches 10/18/2021

CCPL giving away free at-home COVID tests at select branches

The testing kits will be distributed, while supplies last, through curbside pickup service outside of the branch. Each vehicle can receive up to five kits. Available Oct 23, 10am-12pm at Baxter-Patrick James Island, Bees Ferry West Ashley, Main, Otranto Road, and St. Paul’s Hollywood. For full information click link below.

CCPL giving away free at-home COVID tests at select branches CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston County Public Library (CCPL) is offering free take-home, mail-in COVID-19 test kits at select library branches during a special giveaway event on Sat. Oct. 23. The kits are the result of a partnership between the library and the South Carolina Department of Health and...

10/17/2021

FRIDAY!

FRIDAY!

10/16/2021

Need legal advice? Each of these legal clinics includes a follow up Q&A session. For additional information call the library listed.

Need legal advice? Each of these legal clinics includes a follow up Q&A session. For additional information call the library listed.

A Guide to Pumpkin Patches in Charleston 10/15/2021

A Guide to Pumpkin Patches in Charleston

A Guide to Pumpkin Patches in Charleston It is officially pumpkin season! Here is your Guide to Pumpkin Patches around Charleston! Happy Fall y'all! Which ones will you be visiting this season?

10/15/2021

Click link at end of this post to SIGN UP FOR A TIME SLOT between 3:30pm-7:00pm to drive through a mile of Halloween fun along the Hampton Park loop! You will receive goodies from community exhibitors, get funny family pictures taken in your vehicle, tune into spooky Halloween music, hunt for pumpkins, and much more. *PLEASE ONLY REGISTER FOR ONE TICKET PER CAR, NOT PER CHILD. All attendees are required to stay in their vehicles, but feel free to wear your costumes and decorate your vehicles for extra fun and prizes. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/trick-or-treat-boo-thru-tickets-169620187547

Click link at end of this post to SIGN UP FOR A TIME SLOT between 3:30pm-7:00pm to drive through a mile of Halloween fun along the Hampton Park loop! You will receive goodies from community exhibitors, get funny family pictures taken in your vehicle, tune into spooky Halloween music, hunt for pumpkins, and much more. *PLEASE ONLY REGISTER FOR ONE TICKET PER CAR, NOT PER CHILD. All attendees are required to stay in their vehicles, but feel free to wear your costumes and decorate your vehicles for extra fun and prizes. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/trick-or-treat-boo-thru-tickets-169620187547

10/13/2021

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Anxiety and Hope || Talking Mental Health with Young Children 10/13/2021

Anxiety and Hope || Talking Mental Health with Young Children

In recognition of both Mental Illness Awareness Week (Oct. 3-9) and World Mental Health Day (Oct. 10), we encourage you to watch this video. Dr. Nefertiti Poyner will be offering tips and ideas on how we can talk about mental health with infants, toddlers, and preschool-age children. Check out this episode, i nwhich Nefertiti tackles the words "anxiety" and "hope."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Re9-IXgfJ2I

Anxiety and Hope || Talking Mental Health with Young Children October 12, 2021In recognition of both Mental Illness Awareness Week and World Mental Health Day, we are dedicating this YouTube limited series (Talking Ment...

Photos from Charleston County First Steps's post 10/12/2021

During #HeadStartAwareness Month in October, we celebrate the work these programs have done for families and children in our community. Head Start and Early Head Start programs foster school readiness for infants and children up to age five years from low-income families. These programs take a holistic approach by addressing health, early learning, and family well-being. Click here for more information about the center-based Early Head Start – Child Care Partnership program available to families who live and/or work in Charleston County:https://f3f24db2-0334-4a03-9526-d9dc2f8b48ed.filesusr.com/ugd/26a46a_947e00f8c8434c6093af23bbd73bfa4a.pdf

10/12/2021

It’s that time of year! NCPD is proud to participate in the Toys for Tots program. Sign up starts this Friday, October 15 at the Festival Centre. Please read the flyer for more information.

Photos from Charleston County First Steps's post 10/12/2021

THIS SATURDAY! See both images for full information.

Selection with Intention: 10/11/2021

Selection with Intention:

Click to read another great blog post from our friends at Begin with Books! Knowing how Dolly Parton Imagination Library books are selected might help you choose great books for your little ones.

Selection with Intention: Selection with Intention: September 28, 2021 Thought and Deliberation Go into Each and Every Book Selection --  BEGIN WITH BOOKS (BWB) is pleased to have two new books in its rotation and on bookshelves in the month of September: Baby Builders, by Elissa Haden Guest, illustrated by Hiroe Nakata, fo...

11 Simple Self-Care Habits for Kids 10/10/2021

11 Simple Self-Care Habits for Kids

11 Simple Self-Care Habits for Kids Creating healthy habits of rest at a young age empowers kids to continue to be resilient in all life brings. Here are 11 easy strategies to help kids practice self-care.

10/08/2021

Comida Gratis el 8 de Octubre de 12 a 2 en H&J Wholesale Auto en 2441 Savannah Hwy, Charleston SC 29414. Por favor compartalo. Gracias #charlestonhispanicassociation

10/08/2021

What kids need before they learn to read - this is great!

http://bookoola.com.au/store.html

10/07/2021

This SATURDAY! FREE Admission!

Just a friendly reminder that this upcoming Saturday is the Second Saturday of the month so we are offering free admission to all guests!

10/07/2021

Our words are powerful. ✨

Learn more about how WE impact our children's behavior: http://bit.ly/PPS-Free-Class

10/05/2021

This month we are celebrating Head Start Awareness Month! We offer a home-based Early Head Start program and the center-based Early Head Start – Child Care Partnership Program.
President Lyndon B. Johnson created the Head Start program in 1965 to provide comprehensive health, nutrition, and educational opportunities for children and families across the United States. Realizing the immense positive impact of the program, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed October as Head Start Awareness Month. To read the proclamation, visit: https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/documents/proclamation-4990-head-start-awareness-month

This month we are celebrating Head Start Awareness Month! We offer a home-based Early Head Start program and the center-based Early Head Start – Child Care Partnership Program.
President Lyndon B. Johnson created the Head Start program in 1965 to provide comprehensive health, nutrition, and educational opportunities for children and families across the United States. Realizing the immense positive impact of the program, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed October as Head Start Awareness Month. To read the proclamation, visit: https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/documents/proclamation-4990-head-start-awareness-month

Photos from South Carolina Legal Services's post 10/05/2021

Yes!

10/05/2021

October is Child Health Month, when parents, caregivers, and early childhood educators can learn about and raise awareness of the importance of protecting children from environmental hazards in places where they live, play, and learn. Environmental toxins from the air, water, soil (or other surface), and food can be more harmful for our children given their smaller sizes, normal tendency to put items in their mouths, and their natural play-spaces on the floor and in yards.

To help decrease a child’s environmental exposure risk:
- Do your best to eliminate common asthma triggers like dust, mold, and secondhand smoke
- Wash hands before and after eating, and before taking a nap, to remove any residue from cleaners or yard treatments
- Wash stuffed animals and toys regularly
- Wash fruits and vegetables to reduce exposure to pesticides
- Limit outdoor activity on poor air quality days
- Spend time in nature when you can: it’s good for reducing stress, improving concentration, and encouraging more active play
- Have your home and/or other space where children spend time tested for lead and radon
For more tips on Protecting children from Environmental Risks, visit https://www.epa.gov/children/what-you-can-do-protect-children-environmental-risks

October is Child Health Month, when parents, caregivers, and early childhood educators can learn about and raise awareness of the importance of protecting children from environmental hazards in places where they live, play, and learn. Environmental toxins from the air, water, soil (or other surface), and food can be more harmful for our children given their smaller sizes, normal tendency to put items in their mouths, and their natural play-spaces on the floor and in yards.

To help decrease a child’s environmental exposure risk:
- Do your best to eliminate common asthma triggers like dust, mold, and secondhand smoke
- Wash hands before and after eating, and before taking a nap, to remove any residue from cleaners or yard treatments
- Wash stuffed animals and toys regularly
- Wash fruits and vegetables to reduce exposure to pesticides
- Limit outdoor activity on poor air quality days
- Spend time in nature when you can: it’s good for reducing stress, improving concentration, and encouraging more active play
- Have your home and/or other space where children spend time tested for lead and radon
For more tips on Protecting children from Environmental Risks, visit https://www.epa.gov/children/what-you-can-do-protect-children-environmental-risks

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4975 LaCross Road
North Charleston, SC
29406

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WHAT WE DO: Charleston County First Steps provides early education services that are individualized, comprehensive and is 100% outcome driven. We partner with child care professionals and parents to ensure children make healthy progress across all developmental stages. We leverage research-based curricula and also administer age-appropriate screenings and assessments. OUR SERVICES: Parenting Home Visitation: • Parents as Teachers • Nurse Family Partnership Early Head Start - Child Care Partnership Childcare Services: • Facility Quality Enhancement • Childcare Center Staff Training and Development For more information on all of the services we provide, please visit our website: www.CharlestonFirstSteps.org

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Monday 8am - 5pm
Tuesday 8am - 5pm
Wednesday 8am - 5pm
Thursday 8am - 5pm
Friday 8am - 5pm
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