Early Childhood Summit

College of Charleston hosts the 2017 Early Childhood Summit

Calling all Berkeley County Early Educators and Advocates!  Register now for the upcoming  Leadership, Advocacy, Practice, and Policy ECE Summit being held at the College of Charleston’s Lowcountry Graduate Center. DSS Credits available for all sessions!

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Family Wellness Festival

The 3rd Annual Early Childhood Diaper Derby, Youth Dash and Family Wellness Festival

Special thanks to Tri-County Trident United Way, Cooper River Bridge Run Fund and Walmart for funding the Festival this year.


Berkeley County First Steps Winter/Spring Trainings 2017

Berkeley County First Steps will be hosting the following trainings through the winter and spring of  2017. Attached is our registration form.  A slot cannot be reserved without payment.  Training fees and locations are notated by each session.  Feel free to contact Stephanie at  843-863-3030, if you have any questions.

Saturday, January 21st   

Using Language and Literacy in Guiding Behavior:  What do I do with Antonio? – 9:00 -11:00 – Cultivating emotional literacy involves using practical skills for teaching children how to play with others, recognize and express feelings, control anger, and impulsive behavior, and solve problems. This session will help educators engage children so that challenging behavior will decrease.
2.0 hours in Guidance                                        $6

Transitions: Let’s Do Something Different – 11:30 -1:30 – Develop ways to have a smooth, fun-filled day that includes educational transition times.  We will discuss the importance of transitions, how to support children through them, and how to plan them.
2.0 hours in Curriculum                                                                   $6

Berkeley County School District Board Room, Moncks Corner

Saturday, February 18th

Infant Child CPR & First Aid – 9:00-12:00 – American Heart Association based training.

Berkeley County School District Board Room, Moncks Corner           $15

Saturday, March 4th

Teaching with Intention: Interactions – 9 – 11:00 – Learn how the environment and experiences provided to children by the ECE teacher are based on clear intentions and aid their learning in a wide variety of aspects of development.   2.0 hours in Growth & Development   $6

Explore Wonder Investigate Science! – 11:30 – 1:30 – Participants will engage in activities designed to highlight a variety of investigation skills and will discuss the 4-step process to develop science experiences in the classroom.  Educators will take away art, science, and sensory activity ideas.
2.0 hours in Curriculum                                    $6

Berkeley County School District Board Room, Moncks Corner

Saturday, May 20th    – Director’s Series

 Program Planning and Evaluation in Early Childhood Centers – 9:00-11:30  –

2.5 hours in Program Administration                                                  $7.50

Embedding the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct in Early Childhood – 12:00– 2:30 –

2.5 hours in Program Administration                                                  $7.50

Berkeley County School District Board Room, Moncks Corner

Saturday, June 3rd

Strengthening the Developmental Needs of Young Children –  9:00 – 2:30 – Recognizing the individual strengths, needs, and interests of each child and creating a supportive learning environment
5 hours in Growth & Development                         $15

Berkeley Electric Cooperative, 2 Spring Hall Drive, Goose Creek 29445


Free Family Literacy Workshops for Parents in Berkeley County Offered Monthly

Parents can participate in a series of monthly interactive, hands on workshops that encourage them to be literacy educators in their own homes. BCFS facilitators will also offer a series of parenting topics that support school readiness, healthy child development and address common struggles faced by parents of young children.

Free monthly book sharing sessions include free books, materials, fun make-and take activity and food for all attendees! Please pre-register at 843-863-3030. All workshops are held at the Prosperity Center in Moncks Corner from 4:30 to 6:00p.m. Facilitators: Adrienne Troy Frazier and Maritza Gonzales

  1. December 29- “All They Want To Do Is Play!”-  Understanding the value of children’s play and everyday play activities in the home that promote child and family development.
  2. January 26- “A Feast for Ten”- Making mealtimes into Family Times!
  3. February 23- “It’s Mine” – It’s hard to share when you’re a young child-let’s explore the developmental process of learning to share.
  4. March 30- “No One Like Me”- Understanding your child’s unique temperament.

Family Literacy Program Begins Fall 2016

Beginning in the fall of 2016 BCFS will offer a program designed to engage parents enrolled in GED, ESOL classes through the Berkeley County Adult Education programs. BCFS facilitators will use a family literacy curriculum that will focus on providing parents with emergent literacy tools to use with their children and include topics such as Children’s Writing, Teaching the ABC’s from a DAP lens, and Creating Home Literacy Centers. In addition, workshops connect parents to valuable community resources and encourage them to be active participants in their child’s school. Parents will learn strategies that empower them to be active participants in their child’s’ education.