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
How Relationship-Based Are Your Practices
2 hours in Program Administration
Berkeley County School District Board Room, Moncks Corner


Saturday, March 26th

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?
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