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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.

Lecture Series for Parents and Care Givers

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Berkeley County First Steps program receives Walmart Community Grant for 2nd Annual Early Childhood Diaper Derby and Youth Dash

February 24, 2016-Berkeley County, SC
Berkeley County First Steps has been awarded a $1,000 grant from the Walmart Community Grant program to host the 2nd Annual Early Childhood Diaper Derby, Youth Dash and Family Wellness festival on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at Berkeley Intermediate School.

Parents with children five years old and younger who attend the free event will have the opportunity to participate in a free activities such as running and family Zumba, designed to promote and encourage physical exercise.  This event will bring together more than 20 community health and wellness organizations and provide information and supports to countless families.
“Berkeley County First Steps is proud to partner with Walmart as we work to strengthen and improve the health and wellness of Berkeley County children and families. We are grateful to Walmart for this investment in early childhood”, said Adrienne Troy-Frazier, Executive Director of Berkeley County First Steps.

On-site registration starts at 9:30 a.m. and the Dash will begin at 10:00a.m. Parents are encouraged to pre-register online at https://2ndannualberkeleycountyyouthdashfestival.eventbrite.com. On the day of the event, the first 150 families to enter the event will receive a free gift.  Live entertainment, amusements, and health and wellness resources will be offered. For more information about the event, please call Berkeley First Steps at 843-863-3030.

Head Start program receives Cooper River Bridge Run Fund Grant

Berkeley County First Steps and Berkeley-Dorchester Head Start program receives Cooper River Bridge Run Fund Grant for 2nd Annual Early Childhood Diaper Derby and Youth Dash

February 5, 2016-Berkeley County, SC
Berkeley County First Steps and the Berkeley – Dorchester Head Start programs were jointly awarded a $1,000 grant by The Cooper River Bridge Fund to host the 2nd Annual Early Childhood Diaper Derby, Youth Dash and Family and p the Berkeley County Youth Dash on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at Berkeley Intermediate School.

Parents with children five years old and younger who attend the event will have the opportunity to participate in a free Diaper Derby, a Wellness Festival and the Dash itself. During the Dash, children will crawl, wobble, walk or run along a short course to promote healthy lifestyles and regular exercise regimens and all participants will receive awards.
Adrienne Troy-Frazier, Berkeley First Steps Executive Director, said, “We are concerned about the growing problem of childhood obesity and the lack of exercise in the lives of young children. We can reverse this trend with parent education and local resources that make daily physical exercise and healthy eating more accessible and fun.”

On-site registration starts at 9:30 a.m. and the Dash will begin at 10:00a.m. Parents are encouraged to pre-register online at https://2ndannualberkeleycountyyouthdashfestival.eventbrite.com. On the day of the event, the first 150 families to enter the event will receive a free gift.  Live entertainment, amusements, and health and wellness resources will be offered. For more information about the event, please call Berkeley First Steps at 843-863-3030.

Berkeley County First Steps Winter/Spring Trainings 2016

Berkeley County First Steps will be hosting the following trainings through the winter and spring of 2016. All workshops are $3/credit hour, with the exception of the March 26th training (which is free). 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, January 23rd

Promoting Professionalism and Ethical Conduct in Child Care Centers
9:00 -11:30
2.5 hours in Program Administration

Understanding the Anti-Bias Approach in Early Childhood Settings
12:00 -2:00
How bias influences young children
2 hours in Program Development
Berkeley County School District Board Room, Moncks Corner
Lunch provided for those attending both sessions.

 

Saturday, February 27th

Director’s Network Training
9:00-11:00
How Relationship-Based Are Your Practices
2 hours in Program Administration
Berkeley County School District Board Room, Moncks Corner

 

Saturday, March 26th

Nutrition
10:00 – 11:00
ABC- approved training through SCDHEC

Physical Activity
11:00 – 12:00
ABC-approved training through SCDHEC”
Berkeley County School District Board Room, Moncks Corner

 

Saturday, April 30th

Grow It, Try It, Like It
9:00 -11:00
Preschool fun with fruits and vegetables – engaging young minds in healthy foods
2 hours in Nutrition

The Catalyst for Growth and Change
Performance Appraisals, Coaching, Mentoring, and Ways to Support and Grow Teachers
11:30 – 1:30
2 hours in Program Administration
Berkeley Electric Cooperative, 2 Spring Hall Drive, Goose Creek
Lunch provided for those attending both sessions.

 

Saturday, May 21st

What Is Bias?
9:00-11:30
How does it emerge in the early childhood settings? Understanding biases related to age, gender, physical ability, race/ethnicity/religion, and sexual orientation
2.5 hours in Program Development

Anti-bias Strategies for the Classroom
12:00– 2:00
Analyzing books, materials, environments, and activities to promote social inclusion
2 hours in Curriculum
Lunch provided for those attending both sessions.
Berkeley County School District Board Room, Moncks Corner

First Steps awarded four grants to support early reading

Since the first of the year, Berkeley County First Steps has received $6,100 from three companies and foundations to sustain and expand its early literacy and language development programs. The funds will benefit the Dollywood Imagination Library and Berkeley County Early Readers Fund.

The Build a Bear Workshop Foundation contributed the largest grant – $5000 – for the Dollywood program. The Magnolia Foundation, the non-profit arm of Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, contributed $1000 for the Early Readers Fund. First Steps received $100 from the South Carolina Early Childhood Association (SCECA).

Adrienne Troy-Frazier, Berkeley County First Steps executive director, said the money will help the agency expand the Imagination Library to the most rural areas of the county. The grants will help Berkeley First Steps address its current waitlist of children, she said.

Vaudrien Ray, president of SCECA’s District 1, said, “We fully support programs and agencies that have a focus on quality literacy activities for young children. The Dollywood program is an opportunity to get rich literature into the homes and hearts of deserving children.”

Berkeley County Imagination Library seeks to:

  • Increase the number of books in the homes of children
  • Increase literacy activities in the homes of participating children
  • Increase parent-child interaction in the homes of participating children
  • Increase child interest in reading
  • Increase parent awareness of a child’s reading skills
  • Build a community of readers who can model the importance of reading for the next generation.

Books are selected with the intent to incorporate specific themes that target age- appropriate developmental milestones, Troy-Frazier said. “Imagination Library provides books to every child, children in need are not singled out based on income and every child has the opportunity to participate if funds are available. Berkeley County First Steps covers the cost of administering the program,” she said. “Grant funds are used to purchase books and enroll more children in the program. The cost per child is about $2.08 per month or $25 per year. Depending on the age of the child, it may cost up to $140 over the course of the program to help a child build skills that will last a lifetime.”

To make a tax-deductible contribution to Berkeley County First Steps Imagination Library and The Early Readers Fund call 843-863-3030. For more information, visit www.berkeleyfirststeps.org.