Early Education Archives - Pickens County First Steps

How to Find a Quality Childcare Center for Your Child

Trusting your young child to another caregiver — whether at a church, local child development center, or someone’s home — is an overwhelming decision.

Because early experiences lay such a crucial foundation for a child’s life, evidence shows that finding a quality child center is a key component of school readiness. We want to help make that decision easier for you by providing you with:

An understanding of a “quality” center
A childcare checklist
The right questions to ask
A link to find local childcare centers
Ways to find affordable local childcare for low-income parent

These are 5 […]

Get this FREE Resource for Kids and Your Summer Can Soar!

Summer can be an amazing time to build family connections and nurture healthy brains through real-world opportunities. But many families can’t take vacations or secure transportation to places like libraries and museums. For many children, summer can actually be a time of learning loss. And this learning loss contributes to gaps down the road in school achievement and wage earning.

But we believe that every parent or caregiver can provide enrichment through everyday life, regardless of resources or educational background.

And that’s why we’re so excited about Summer Soar from Ready Rosie.

If you […]

Why You Need to Know About the Word Gap + 7 SIMPLE Ways to Make a Difference

In 1995, a famous study* found that lower-income children are exposed to 30 million fewer words than their higher-income peers. Research since then consistently confirms this “word gap” that exists among young children.

30 million words.

Think about the implications. Children who don’t have as many words in their “word bank” are less ready for school, less prepared for academic success, and less able to follow instructions.

“Quality early experiences” isn’t simply a idealistic notion touted by educators and advocates. Early experiences matter because they prepare developing brains and bodies for life.

Ready Rosie is HERE!

11:19 pm
|
2 Comments
|

We’ve been so excited about this.

We wanted to make early education accessible to every family in our community.

We wanted to model family engagement in a way that’s real and relatable instead of removed and institutional.

Because school readiness is life readiness. And it doesn’t need to be complicated.

That’s why we’re SO excited to offer Ready Rosie to EVERY FAMILY in Pickens County.

FREE.

What is Ready Rosie?

ReadyRosie is an early education tool that is currently helping schools and communities across the nation. Using technology, it meets parents and caregivers […]

A FREE Resource to Keep Your Young Child Learning All Year Long

10:19 pm
|
0 Comments
|

Literacy is just a fancy word for reading and writing. So when we talk about promoting early literacy for young children, we’re simply talking about the very first building blocks. Did you know that simple activities like talking and singing to your children directly affect brain development and prepare young minds for reading?

A great tool for building early literacy is the Day by Day SC Project. Many people don’t know about this fantastic, free resource available to everyone.

When you go to daybydaysc.org, you will automatically see simple, themed, preschool-age activities for that day: a […]

7 Practical Questions to Help You Guide & Discipline Young Children

1:17 pm
|
0 Comments
|

If you’re a preschool teacher, childcare worker, volunteer, Sunday school teacher, parent, grandparent, or caregiver for young children — this post is for you.

Spend any time with children, even those within the same family, and you’ll soon learn that they are like snowflakes; no two are alike! Some are naturally compliant while others naturally push the boundaries. Some are quiet and attentive while others never have an unspoken thought.

It can be overwhelming to guide different personalities all at once and to know how to work with challenging children in a classroom setting or within the family.

Before […]