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Bamberg County First Steps awards mini grants Print E-mail

Quality Enhancement Mini Grants were recently awarded to various local childcare centers by the Bamberg County First Steps to School Readiness Board. Both Baby Bear Daycare Center and First Baptist Church Daycare Center received $1,500. Progressive Family Life Daycare Center received the Full Day 4K contract at $4,018 per student and the DSS material and supplies grants at $7,500 for being a Level B childcare center of excellence.

Each center will utilize funding to purchase developmentally appropriate materials and supplies based on the (ECER-R) Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scales-Revised assessment tool. Additionally, each program will receive monthly technical assistance from a South Carolina certified Technical Assistant to focus on the following areas of importance: Space and Furnishings, Personal Care Routines, Language and Reasoning, Activities, Interaction, Program Structure and Parents and Staff.

Research has shown that quality childcare helps determine a child’s readiness for school. Therefore, Bamberg County First Steps works diligently to assist local childcare providers maximize and enhance the learning environments that they provide for the children in their care.

To date Bamberg County First Steps has awarded childcare mini grants to the following centers: Baby Bear Daycare, Doodle Bugs Daycare, First Baptist Church Daycare Center, Little Precious Angels Daycare, Progressive Family Life Daycare, Voorhees Early Head start, and Wee Care Daycare.

Other quality childcare services are also provided by Bamberg County First Steps, including ABC Childcare Scholarships, Childcare Center Staff Training and Development, Full Day 4-K, Monthly Story Time/Family Group meetings in the First Steps Play Center, and the Parents as Teachers Parenting Program. These programs help Bamberg County First Steps in achieving its mission: That every child arrives at the first grade healthy and ready to succeed in life.

Anyone interested in learning more about First Steps may contact Pauletta Plowden, Executive Director, at 803-245- 6513.

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