An Update from The Children's Center

Time is moving so fast, and yet we seem to be standing still. The COVID-19 virus has us all waking each morning wondering if today is the day; will the numbers rise or fall, will I fall victim to this virus, what is safe and what is dangerous? This stressful time is not lost on the youngest in our community. BUT, our kids at The Children's Center are coming to school daily with smiles on their faces, excited to see their friends, excited to do their daily activities, and feeling safe in their classrooms.  Every day our teachers are working to maintain the strict protocols put in place by our Board of Trustees that keep everyone safe, as well as working hard to provide affordable, high-quality early education and childcare for the working families in our community. The teachers and staff are "essential" workers and put themselves at risk each day to ensure our children have a safe and engaging place to come, learn, play, and grow.

Summer is NOT Over Yet!

Beaufort County Schools have postponed the start of school until September 8th and at The Children's Center, our parents are asking - now what? The Children's Center has extended our Summer Program through the beginning of school to ensure parents can continue to work and children are still engaged in learning. We will remain focused on math and literacy to ensure our children are ready when school does re-open this Fall.

Last week was particularly engaging for the children as it was Safari Week. They visited Javis Creek Park and went on their own Lowcountry Safari! They read books about the animals that can be found on an African safari and counted the number of different animals they saw throughout the week, adding one to another to understand the vast amount of wildlife we share on our island. The highpoint of the week included creating their own safari friend. Teachers read books about safari animals and the children made their own individual animal, named them and took their new friend home with a birth certificate to remember their experience. Each animal has a star stuffed inside that holds that child's wish. Children held their star up in the sky to make it magical. Then they closed their eyes and made a wish. They kissed their star and rubbed it on their heart to give it loads of love.  They rubbed it on their head to make it super smart and on their eyes and ears so their friend can see and hear. Finally, they gave the star one more hug and kiss and stuffed it into their new friend. A special bond was formed, indeed!

What's Next?

As Beaufort County Schools work diligently to finalize a plan for education options this Fall, parents wonder how they can work and ensure safety for their child's education. The families served by The Children's Center are no different. Everyone agrees that young children learn best when they can actively engage in the learning process and that generally means with an educational professional by their side to help them learn and explore.

The Children's Center stands ready to be a part of the solution. Those school-aged children currently enrolled at our Center will have a place during the school year if there is no face to face class. We are working to understand the needs of each child and putting together a plan to assist in their academic journey while allowing their parents to continue to go to work. At the writing of this newsletter, there are many unknowns and we are working hard to be ready for multiple versions of the school opening scenario. As a community asset, we are determined to be a value-added organization and support children, families and the economic vitality of our community and we thank you for your continued support.

Quality & Affordability

The State of South Carolina places a high-value on quality when it comes to the care of young children.  ABC Quality is South Carolina's voluntary quality rating and improvement system. It is designed to help providers offer a high quality of care to the children they serve. The quality rating system has been invigorated and upgraded this year to include a two part assessment. 

The first portion reviews 4 areas of focus. They include:

  • Program Administration and Structure
  • Staff Education and Professional Development
  • Child Well-Being and Family Communication
  • Engagement and Cultural Competency
The on-site portion of the assessment examines the experience the children have in the childcare setting. Programs earn points for the following set of standards: Responsive and Sensitive Care, Language and Communication, Guidance, Program Structure, Early Learning and the Classroom Environment.  

The Children's Center recently completed our 2020 assessment and is pleased to announce the retention of our B+ rating.  This is a remarkable achievement under the vigorous new guidelines.  We congratulate our teachers and education staff for their continuous focus on high-quality early education and care!
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