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:
How parents can help:Complete the StartSMART referral form to find out what types of programs/services you may be interested in learning more about for your children or grandchildren.Be sure to prepare your child for kindergarten. Dr. Floyd Creech gives excellent parenting tips on the attached video. YOU are your child's most valuable resource!Sign your three or four year old child up for FSD1’s 3K and 4K programs to give them a great head start on kindergarten. Find more details on FSD1’s website.Take our School Readiness Quiz to determine where your child’s developmental strengths and problem areas lie. Once you’ve taken the quiz be sure to check out our Year-by-Year Development guidelines to read detailed information about the milestones your child should be reaching based on their age.Encourage your employer to become involved with the Start SMART 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.Utilize our list of Start SMART resources to learn about all of the options open to your child through wonderful programs such as Text4Baby, BabyNet, and SC Childcare Services.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.
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
How employers can help:Educate yourself and your management team on the importance of birth-5 for all parents and children. Click here for more information.Survey your employees to find out what types of programs/services they may be interested in learning more about for their children and grandchildren.Have your employees watch Dr. Floyd Creech's video providing in-depth information on our Start SMART initiative.Link to StartSmartFlo.org on your company website and encourage your employees to visit the site often to check on their child’s progress.Share information with your employees about quality daycare selection. Here’s a Child Care Checklist that parents should reference when evaluating a day care center.Encourage employees to check the rating of their current day care to ensure that their children are in an environment that fosters development.