Thanks for your interest in getting involved with StartSMART! If you’re ready to help us spread the word about the importance of proper early childhood development, select your area of interest below to see how YOU can make a difference:
Encourage your employer to become involved with the StartSMART program. Here’s how employers and businesses can help us accomplish our goal of school readiness for every child. Also, use our helpful Child Care Checklist to make sure that your child is in a daycare that fosters proper development.
Get involved with Parents as Teachers. Parents as Teachers is a nationwide organization that provides weekly home visits from child development professionals to families with children ages 0-17 months who are in need of developmental assistance. Using its own curricula, Parents as Teachers has helped countless children and families across the United States and has generated outstanding results. Learn more about Parents as Teachers.
Consider utilizing the Parent-Child Home Program. The Parent-Child Home Program is an early childhood literacy, school readiness, and parenting program that helps children prepare for kindergarten. Designed for children ages 2-3, the Parent-Child Home Program includes home visits and is designed to eliminate the educational barriers caused by poverty, limited early education, and language barriers. The Parent-Child Home Program has generated a great deal of success for children right here in the state of South Carolina. View the Parent-Child Home Program website.
Consider joining a parent education group or helping to establish one at a location convenient to you. Parent education groups provide current child development information, tips for observing and interacting with children, and answers to common questions. Content for the meetings can be tailored for your specific group. Contact Diana Bailey at (843) 665-2085 for further information.
How Care Providers Can Help
Visit the SC Childcare Services website to begin the process of becoming a licensed child care provider or if you’re considering becoming an ABC Quality provider.
Encourage parents who patronize your childcare center to take the StartSMART Readiness Quiz.
Join Dr. Floyd Creech, Florence 1 Schools’ Early Childhood Coordinator, for his continuing education program designed to assist child care providers in improving the quality of their care. Meetings are held once a month at The RN Beck Learning Center. Florence 1 Schools provides 15 hours of training each year for child care providers throughout the Florence area. Each of these classes is provided by a certified trainer through the SC Center for Child Care Career Development.
The classes provide training in Curriculum, Child Development and Professional Development. Topics for children ages Birth to Age 5 are the focus of these training sessions.
The sessions begin with a light supper at 6:00 pm. All sessions take place at the Child Development Center at RN Beck on 1001 W. Sumter Street in Florence.
A calendar is provided below:
January 14, 2014 - 6:00-8:00pm - Darkness 2 Light - Child abuse training - 2 hours Professional Development
February 11, 2014 - 6:00-7:00pm - Mandated Reporting - 1 hour Professional Development/7:15-8:15pm (choose one) Art ideas - 1 hour Curriculum (preschoolers) or Weaning a baby - 1 hour Curriculum (infants)
March 11, 2014 - 6:00-7:00pm - Signs of Domestic Violence - 1 hour Professional Development/7:15-8:15pm (choose one) Math ideas - 1 hour Curriculum or Movement ideas for the infant/toddler classroom - 1 hour curriculum
April 8, 2014 - 6:00-7:00pm - Understanding Gross Motor Development - 1 hour Child Growth and Development/7:15-8:15pm (choose one) How to remedy gross motor problems in preschoolers - 1 hour Curriculum or Language games for babies - 1 hour Curriculum
May 12, 2014 - 6:00-7:00pm - Understanding Language Development - 1 hour Child Growth and Development/7:15-8:15pm (choose one) How to remedy language problems in preschoolers - 1 hour Curriculum or Language games for babies - 1 hour Curriculum
August 12, 2014 - 6:00-7:00pm - Understanding Social Development - 1 hour Child Growth and Development/7:15-8:15pm (choose one) Teaching Rules to Preschoolers - 1 hour Curriculum or Rules through Routines - Feeding, diapering, play - 1 hour Curriculum
September 9, 2014 - 6:00pm-7:00pm - Understanding Emotiional Development - 1 hour Child Growth and Development/7:15-8:15pm (choose one) How do I teach the emotions? - 1 hour Curriculum or Happy Babies - 1 hour Curriculum
October 14, 2014 - 6:00pm-7:00pm - Blood Borne Pathogens Training - 1 hour Professional Development/7:15-8:15pm (choose one) Language Experience - Teaching preschoolers to read - 1 hour Curriculum or Setting up a playmat for baby - 1 hour Curriculum
Find out which child care centers your employees use and consider forming a partnership with the center if the majority of your employees have children there!
Encourage pregnant mothers and new parents to sign up for Text4baby – a free text message service that promotes the health of both mother and child by sending parents informative messages about pregnancy and early childhood topics such as prenatal care, labor signs, nutrition, and safe sleep. Text messages are available in English and Spanish.