Get Involved

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 Florence 1 Schools 3K and 4K programs to give them a great head start on kindergarten. Find more details on Florence 1 School’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 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.

    • Utilize our list of StartSMART 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.
  • 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.

      Child Care Providers may call 843-673-1129 and talk to Susan Knight or send a message to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to sign up for training.

      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 StartSMART initiative.

    • Link to 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.

    • 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!

    • Display brochures from various local resources – contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to obtain these materials.

    • 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.

    • Provide a lunch-and-learn session for your office. You provide lunch for your employees and we’ll provide them with useful information and resources to help them make wise decisions about their child’s development. Send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule a lunch-and-learn session.

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