An Update from The Children's Center

We are certainly into the heat of the summer. The Children's Center continues to provide a service to our community, allowing parents to work while their children engage in high-quality developmental fun.  An article in the Post and Courier recognized the importance of childcare to a vibrant economy.  It also pointed out how the COVID-19 pandemic has created “child care deserts” in two-thirds of South Carolina.

Unfortunately, many organizations have yet to open or have decreased the number of children they serve, threatening the Hilton Head area to become a part of the child care desert.  Parents with children from newborn to five understand the value of early childhood education, not only because they need to go to work, but also because of the social, emotional, and cognitive skills that develop during these critical years. Childcare is a critical issue for returning our community to back to “normal.”

Graduation Time!

Meet our community's future!  These incredibly bright, energetic, creative, and proud young people are ready to begin kindergarten this Fall.  While The Children's Center was not immune from the graduation cancellation issues, our children still participated in the traditional graduation walk and parents were able to watch in real-time through Facebook Live.  It was an exciting time for everyone! 

Six of these children started at the Children's Center before the age of two.  They have transitioned from class to class, growing and maturing to this stage of their life. The Children's Center has used the State of South Carolina Early Learning Standards as a basis for the activities in the classroom, and each of these children are prepared to enter their formal education journey. Congratulations to all of our kids!

Summer Camp ROCKS!

How much energy can a group of 30 elementary age children produce? Enough to fill our Center with joy and excitement every day.  Due to COVID-19 concerns, we have limited the number of children who can participate in our summer camp program; but fewer children does not mean less energy!  Our children arrive around 8 AM and begin with a nutritious breakfast.  As soon as they finish, it's time for morning yoga and stretches.  Technology is a great friend, providing a wide variety of child-friendly exercises and stretches to get the day going!

We are fortunate to be located next to Jarvis Creek Park and our children take advantage of the fresh air with hikes, nature studies, and soccer lessons throughout the week.  Each day, children are writing in journals and practicing a variety of math skills.  The goal of our Summer Camp is to eliminate the "summer slide." We are grateful to the Ward Family Foundation, United Way, and Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumnae for their support of these programs.   

We're ALL Learning at Home

With children being expected to complete their school lessons at home, parents must learn along with them!  Many parents are trying to find resources to keep their kids entertained.  If you are the parent of a young child, you know that their favorite word is why.

Young children have active imaginations and enjoy using their curiosity to explore their feelings. Curiosity helps children to become more observant and think things through. When children explore their curiosity, they expand their vocabulary using the appropriate language to describe what they’re thinking, seeing, hearing or experiencing. You can help your child’s growth by supporting their curiosity, providing diverse opportunities for them to explore.

There are also many factors that can get in the way of a child’s curiosity, like too much screen time or over-scheduling of activities. Children need time for unstructured play, to keep from stifling their imagination.

There are numerous opportunities for children to explore in our community; the park, walking trails, the beach, and of course amazing local finds like Mitchelville and the Coastal Discovery Museum. Unstructured play is the best way to encourage and nurture your child’s sense of discovery. By providing children with free time to play, you are allowing them to use and practice their curiosity and imagination.  Help children name what they see, like a squirrel or flowers. Children are careful observers, and by encouraging that curiosity to learn about plants and animals, we teach them to appreciate and enjoy nature. If there’s a particular plant or animal that interests them, we try to nurture that interest by promoting further learning through reading about that animal.

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