First Steps Community Health Worker/PASOs team member Employment Opportunity

Job Description

Time:      40hrs /week
Days per year: 245

The PASOs Community Health Worker/First Steps Specialist will assist families with developmental screening in home visits in the Moncks Corner, Berkeley County area. The CHW will be based out of a pediatric clinic in Moncks Corner, SC

Access to services (50%)

  • Conduct intake interviews in person or over the phone
  • Refer clients to resources as needed and in accordance with PASOs standards and protocols
  • Conduct home visits
  • Administer the ASQ3 screenings to children between the ages of 0-5 during home visits with families
  • Provide follow up support and assistance in navigation of relevant referrals and benefits
  • Provide support and education to parents in subject related to their child’s development including health, literacy and education.

Program Administrative Support and Training (25%)

  • Maintain records of all:
    • Outreach events conducted
    • Phone calls made and received (from promotores and families)
    • Referrals made and received
    • Trainings attended
    • Meetings attended
    • The number of ASQs administered and results of screenings
  • Meet consistently with PASOs Program Coordinator and make reports and referrals as needed
  • Participate in bi-annual PASOs training workshops
  • Participate in monthly PASOs conference calls
  • Participate in quarterly staff and board meetings for Berkeley County First Steps

Outreach (25%)

  • Work with the Program Coordinator and Promotores to organize outreach
  • Help organize outreach to the Latino community for enrollment in the program
  • Attend community meetings as a PASOs or as a Berkeley County First Steps representative as needed
  • Promote Berkeley County First Steps and PASOs in Berkeley County, SC

Minimum Training/Education

  • Associates Degree in Human Services field or equivalent
  • One year experience working or volunteering with the Hispanic community of the Charleston area.
  • Bilingual (English-Spanish)
  • Case management experience

Additional Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Preferred

  • Experience with Microsoft Office applications such as Word-Excel-Powerpoint-Outlook
  • Some college or equivalent experience
  • Experience with databases
  • Ability to multi-task a variety of functions
  • Excellent Interpersonal skills to be able to interact with all levels of personnel in an academic and community setting
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Self-motivated / require little supervision

Deadline to apply: Close of business February 9, 2018

Please send resumes with coverletter to: virginia@scpasos.org

Board Elections January 30, 2018

On January 30, 2018, members of the Berkeley County First Steps Partnership Board Nominating Committee will meet to consider nominations for new members of the Berkeley County First Steps Board.   The purpose of this memo and attachments is to solicit nominations from the board and the public to be considered by the committee so that a pool of qualified nominees can be presented to the full board.

Keep in mind that the board is looking for members to meet certain membership categories and who are willing to make the necessary time commitment to Berkeley County First Steps Partnership Board.

Attached is a nomination form that should be completed and returned to Elmire Raven, Nominating Chair, by January 15, 2018 at Berkeley County First Steps, 6215 Murray Avenue, Room 113 Hanahan, SC 29410.   We have also enclosed the responsibilities of board members and the categories of individuals as defined in the First Steps legislation that must be elected to the board.

Please call Adrienne Troy Frazier, at 843-863-3030 if you have any questions.

Nomination Form

Board Member Responsibilities

Elected Board Member Categories

STEAM Early Childhood Leadership Cohort in partnership with the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry

January 10, 2018-Berkeley County First Steps has launched a year-long partnership with the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry, a non-profit located in downtown Charleston, to train early childhood teachers to provide high-quality instruction in science, math and the arts.

Through this collaboration, educators have created the Berkeley County STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) Leadership Cohort with $56,000 that Berkeley First Steps receives from annual appropriations from the South Carolina Legislature and a $1,000 grant from the Magnolia Plantation Foundation, the non-profit arm of Magnolia Plantation and Gardens.

Adrienne Troy-Frazier, Berkeley County First Steps’ executive director, said, “The project will support early childhood educators in creating hands-on, interactive classroom activities that encourage young children to develop and use scientific inquiry processes to explore and better understand their environments.” Berkeley County First Steps is an early childhood organization with a mission to ensure that young children are prepared for kindergarten and beyond.

The leadership cohort will help five early childhood teachers understand early STEAM in a new way, improve their quality of teaching, and use more and higher-quality math and science talk, Troy-Frazier explained. In its first year, the program is expected to reach 50 to 60 children ages three to five, she added.

Nichole Myles, executive director of the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry, said, “We believe this partnership is tremendously important for the tri-county area. The Children’s Museum wants to build collective impact in the community and, by helping teachers, we’re ensuring they pass down the same hands-on, play-based learning to all students that we support and teach at the Children’s Museum.”

Berkeley County First Steps has contracted the Children’s Museum to provide professional development and coaching to teachers. Teachers will receive classroom coaching to facilitate positive changes in children, including increased understanding of math and science concepts, the use of math and science language to stimulate interest and engagement in STEAM.

Troy-Frazier said that research shows that giving children exposure to quality, hands-on STEAM learning opportunities is an important predictor of a child’s school success.

Denise M. Stanley Baker operates one of the top-rated family child care homes in Berkeley County. Her facilities is one of the programs participating in the STEAM cohort. “I think the cohort is needed because we can cultivate our preschool children’s interest in STEAM.  STEAM is the future. The United States is behind other countries, so we need to catch our children now and give them a STEAM foundation. One of my 3 year olds is making drones using Legos!  As a family home provider I am excited that my children have the opportunity to such as awesome program.”

For more information about Berkeley County First Steps please visit www.berkeleyfirststeps.org

About the Children’s Musuem of the Lowcountry:

The Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization with a mission to engage young children’s potential by inviting families of all backgrounds to explore environments and experiences that spark imagination and stimulate curiosity through the power of play.   Open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.  Admission is $12 per person, $10 for SC Residents and free for children less than 12 months of age.  For more information, please visit our website, exploreCML.org.

Berkeley County First Steps Annual Report 2016/2017

Please click to read/download report.

Berkeley County First Steps Winter/Spring Trainings 2018


Berkeley County First Steps will be hosting the following trainings through the winter and spring of  2018. Attached is our registration form.  A slot cannot be reserved without payment.  Feel free to contact Stephanie at  843-863-3030, if you have any questions.

Saturday, February  10th   

Dual Language Learners –  10:00 – 12:00 – The basics of developmentally appropriate teaching practices for young children who are dual language learners.  Learn how to prepare for a diverse group of children, how first and second languages develop, and why supporting the home language is so important.     2 hours in Curriculum                 $6

Berkeley County School District Board Room, Moncks Corner

Saturday, March 10th

Teaching in Inclusive Settings – 9:00-11:00 – Teachers will learn how to incorporate the principles of a balanced curriculum to offer children multiple ways of acquiring knowledge and skills and to provide a variety of formats for instruction, learning, and assessment in ways that will help all children communicate what they know and can do. 2 hours in Special Needs      $6

Promoting Positive Peer Play in Inclusive Settings:  The Vision of Inclusive Early Childhood Education! – 12:00 – 2:00 – Inclusive preschool classrooms are natural environments designed to provide educational and developmental services for all children.  Learn how to support children with disabilities as they develop social skills and cooperative play skills.

2 hours in Special Needs                 $6

Berkeley County School District Board Room, Moncks Corner           

Saturday,  April 21st  

Babbles and Coos – 9 – 11:30 –  An exploration of early language development and how  babies begin recognizing sounds and speech patterns at an early age   –  2.5 hours in Growth & Development              $7.50

Respecting Their Needs to Move –  12:00 – 2:30 – How to implement thoughtful, respectful, and well-planned transition practices, that are supportive of a child’s strengths and needs –

2.5 hours in Growth & Development                    $7.50

Berkeley County School District Board Room, Moncks Corner

Saturday, May 19th    –

 Developing a Curriculum to Provide Maximum Opportunities in an Early Childhood Education Setting   – How to develop a well-rounded curriculum that supports all areas of development, offers a clear statement of goals and philosophies, and engages children in purposeful learning and play –

Part I   – 9 – 11:30   – 2.5 hours in Curriculum                                     $7.50

Part II – 12:00 – 2:30 – 2.5 hours in Curriculum                                   $7.50

Berkeley County School District Board Room, Moncks Corner