Kershaw County First Steps strongly believes that improving the capacity and quality of childcare programs in Kershaw County will provide long-lasting benefits for our young children and will propel them on a course of lifelong learning and opportunity which ultimately prepares them to be successful in the workforce as adults.
The first five years of a child's life are vitally important because they lay the foundation for everything that follows - learning, behavior, physical and mental health. One of the major aspects of what we're doing in the Kershaw County area is to focus on improving the quality of services delivered to very young children and their families.
In collaborative local partnerships with Kershaw County School District and the United Way of Kershaw County, extended early care and education services were established. This model provides interested childcare providers with a trained technical assistance provider, a literacy coach (BEE Program) and nutritionist (Color Me Healthy Program) who will connect the provider with the appropriate resources to carry out its quality enhancement plan.
Kershaw County Parents as Teachers (PAT) program, a home visiting program which serves low-income families in Kershaw. PAT is designed to focus on the important role of parents as their child's first teacher, emphasizing parent-child interaction and parental ability to enhance intellectual development during their child's early years. Through home visits, parent training, screening and a resource network, trained providers help at-risk parents to develop skills in building the foundation for their child's school and life success.
Our overall goal in Kershaw County is to put initiatives into place that has the capacity to grow as additional funding become available.
Kimberley Jordan, Executive Director
Center of the Month is a spotlight for our Child Care Quality Enhancement Initiative (QEI) center participants. This is just one of our ways that we can show our appreciation, support, and acknowledgment in all that they do.
The center of attention this month is Bethesda Christian School.