2015 - Pickens County First Steps

10 Everyday Ways [YOU CAN] Help Create Ready Learners Right Where You Are! #ICanSC

This week, South Carolina First Steps to School Readiness unveiled the “Profile of the Ready Kindergartner” – the new description of school readiness for the State of South Carolina and the [I CAN] public awareness campaign to promote it statewide.

We know what you might be thinking:

Why is “school readiness”  important enough for a statewide awareness campaign?

What does “readiness” mean in real language?

How does it apply to regular people like you and me?

When most of us think of educational readiness, we probably think of older learners like those graduating from high school. {Such as SC’s “Profile […]

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3 Ways You Can Serve Vulnerable Families in Our Community. Right Now.

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Pickens County First Steps joins hands with local partners who offer direct services to young children and their families in our area.

The winter holidays are a particularly crucial time to highlight the needs around us and shine a light on the ways we can help. This is also a time when our county’s homeless population, which includes many young children, deals with plummeting temperatures and increased scarcity of the resources most of us take for granted.

We want to highlight specific ways YOU can give to our community now and in the coming weeks.

 

1. Donate […]

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Shop for Your Family and Serve Local Families in Need. The Dream Center Resale Shop Grand Opening!

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The Dream Center has been assisting Pickens County families in powerful, life-altering ways since 2012. A primary focus is a mentoring program for people living in poverty. The program empowers people to make different choices by offering incentives, rewards, and guidance in budgeting, money management, parenting, and employment.

Now YOU can help The Dream Center further their impact and become financially self-sustaining simply by doing what you already enjoy: shopping.

The needs among Pickens County families are great. When our local partners are financially equipped, they can pour resources directly into the programs that bring restoration to familes […]

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Fall is here! 3 Fun Tips for Enjoying the Great Outdoors With Your Young Child.

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Cooler mornings, football games, apple-picking — a new season is here and so is our inspiration to get outside and enjoy this beautiful world.

Young children are the most delightful explorers of the world around us. We tend to forget that the natural world is still new to them. Everything — from the roly-poly creeping across the sidewalk, to the crunchy leaves along the path — is worthy of a complete halt and investigation. As grown-ups, it’s second nature for us to hurry them along. We have things to do and places to be.

But what if we built […]

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Why Preschoolers and Senior Citizens Should Hang Out

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Sunday is National Grandparents Day. The benefits of grandparents in a young child’s life — the love, the patience, the family connectedness, {the spoiling} — are obvious.

But the benefits and blessings of grandparents go beyond warm fuzzies and soft laps and extra dessert after dinner.

Intergenerational relationships — whether it’s with grandparents, retired neighbors, seniors in our faith-based communties, or local nursing homes — are needful as young children learn to connect with those in a vastly different stage of life.

In light of Grandparents Day and the love we have for the older ones in our lives, we thought […]

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3 Simple Ways to Turn Everyday Tasks into Learning Opportunities

Recently my family subscribed to a meal subscription service just for fun. A cooler box arrived on my doorstep with the recipes and ingredients, all labeled and measured, for two delicious meals.

While we still had to do the actual cooking and cleaning up, it was a nice break from figuring out what to fix for dinner and a fun way to try new dishes. Best of all, it was a great opportunity to include my kids in the kitchen. My son told me afterward that cooking together was his favorite part of the day.

Though my children are no […]

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