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CCFS Starting Early Newsletter
JANUARY 2017
Setting Goals + Making Them Happen
When Alicia started with the Early Head Start-Home Based program in July 2015, she was a single mom of three struggling to make ends meet. She was working part-time while also going back to school and lacked the resources to get quality child care for her young ones.

Over the next year Alicia's Parent Educator worked closely with her to set goals and make community connections. Through the DSS childcare vouchers system, Alicia was able to enroll her children in a quality child care center while continuing her education and maintaining a part-time job. 

 

Childcare Open House + STEM Fair

Stepping Stones Academy
Saturday, January 28th
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
2409 Mall Dr., North Charleston

 
This event will provide an opportunity for families to tour and learn more about the new child development center as well as explore the S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering + Math) services offered to enrolled children. The event will include activities sponsored by Ladson Elementary School Robotics Team, the Children’s Museum and Child Care Resource and Referral. 

ANNUAL MEETING | Barnes & Noble Book Fair

In November, CCFS hosted a Book Fair at three local Barnes & Noble stores offering interactive story times and holiday arts & craft activities. Staff and board members greeted community members throughout the day and distributed information about the launch of our 30 Million Word Gap Challenge (see details below) and Annual Report. 

COMMUNITY BUZZ | 30M Word Gap Initiative

Charleston County First Steps challenges YOU to join us in the 30 Million Word Gap Initiative - an effort focused on increasing awareness and developing strategies for parents to harness the power of words and start building their child's brain from birth. YOU have the power to #stopthewordgap when you:

TUNE IN by paying attention to what a child is communicating. 

TALK MORE by engaging a child in conversation using descriptive words. 

TAKE TURNS by encouraging a child to respond to your words and actions. 

CHILD CARE TEACHER TRAINING + QUALITY ENHANCEMENT
The Benefits of Outdoor Play 

Teachers work on team building activities

At the CCFS child care teacher training on Jan. 17th, the topic was 'Outdoor Play Benefits.'  Master trainer, Keisha McClain, used interactive activities to demonstrate the importance of the topic.  The teachers were tasked with performing a skit, commercial or song about the importance of getting our children moving and connecting with the natural world.  

Many of us remember the phrase, “Go outside and play!” from childhood, but children today spend less time playing outdoors than any previous generations. Encouraging children to get outside, get moving, and connect with the natural world are just a few ways to reverse childhood obesity rates. According to research, children who play outdoors regularly:
  • Become fitter + leaner and develop stronger immune systems
  • Have more active imaginations + play more creatively
  • Have lower stress levels
Through our Child Care Quality Enhancement program, the goal is to continue enhancing and producing measurable improvements in the quality of care provided to young children. Each participating Center is provided with follow-up technical assistance to ensure the topics learned during CCFS Trainings are implemented directly in the center.
Homeless Family Finds Relief  |  Early Head Start - Child Care Partnership
Primarily serving as family advocates, Early Head Start Family Service Specialists work to maintain a strong and stable home environment for every child enrolled.  

Last November Family Service Specialist  Janette Glen learned that one of her families was being evicted from their apartment. With homeless shelters filled to capacity and no place to turn, the mother of four was living between a hotel and a tent in the backyard of her friend's house. 

Janette quickly gathered her resources and made some phone calls. After countless dead ends, she finally found an agency willing to offer assistance, the City of Charleston Housing Authority.  This organization was able to secure an apartment for the family within a month!  We all benefit when community partners work together to create opportunities for those in need.
When it comes to achieving the best possible literacy outcomes for young children, collaboration with parents is more than a plus, it's key for the child’s success.  When children have access to enriched and supportive literacy environments both at home and in the classroom, they have the highest probability for academic and lifelong success.
James Ella Collins
Executive Director
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