Education doesn't just begin when a child reaches kindergarten — it begins at birth.

Over the years The School Foundation has prided itself on supporting and contributing to Florence 1 Schools' K-12 teachers and students. With the creation of the StartSMART program, we've added a brand new goal-- assisting parents in preparing their children for kindergarten.

We've developed a wealth of resources designed to give parents the information they need to chart their child's development, including:

  • Videos, links, and articles to assist parents with a variety of tasks including everything from choosing a school/daycare to selecting age-appropriate toys to aid in development.

  • Answers to specific questions regarding preschool can be obtained by calling the Office of School Readiness at (843) 673-1129.  Check out this video of services for young children in Florence!

There are multiple ways to get involved with StartSMART and we encourage every business, individual, and parent to lend a hand to ensure that our community's future scholars build strong foundations for their educational paths.

StartSMART Advisory Council Spotlight

It was an honor for us to welcome Helle Heckmann to the 2018 Early Childhood Champions Summit. Her “Five Golden Keys” philosophy encourages individuals, families, and communities to develop early and lasting rhythms with young children around the five simple actions of sleep, movement, nutrition, routine, and love. Following Heckmann’s appearance, Florence 1 Schools and The School Foundation launched a five-month public awareness campaign actively reinforcing the “Five Golden Keys.” Known as Count 5!

Learn more here

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