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FY18 Annual Meeting!

FY18 Annual Meeting!

Florence County First Steps (FCFS) held its annual FY18 meeting at the Florence County Library on December 11, 2018 at 10 AM. FCFS is a non-profit that offers assistance to low-income families and helps provide financial assistance to send children to experienced day cares. FCFS’s vision is that every child in Florence County will be prepared for success in school. Executive Director Spencer R. Scott started off the meeting with an overview of last year’s accomplishments. 

Last year, FCFS provided 42 children with scholarship assistance so their parents could work or attend school with the Child Care Scholarship Program. The Child Care Training Program provided 27 early childhood staff with high quality training, and 366 children across 17 programs had access to teachers that were trained through FCFS. The Quality Enhancement program provided $5,967 in materials grants to participating childcare providers. Finally, the Parenting Program served 45 children and 45 families. 1,450 hours were spent in homes with families.

He then awarded a certificate to Katie Godwin, whose daughter, Officer Farrah Turner, was killed in the October 3rd ambush. The certificate stated that First Steps has created The Farrah Turner Scholarship Award, which will be given to a child from birth-to-three years of age who meets the First Steps requirements. The scholarship is valued at approximately $5,200 per child.

First Steps also revealed their winners for the Terrific Toddlers Baby Contest. The King was Mr. Mark Keeson McClain, Jr., son of Keyha Johnson and Mark E. McClain. The Queen was Miss Karleigh N. Ray, daughter of Jasmine Scott and Karl Ray. The King and Queen were both given a crown and will be on future promotional material for First Steps. 

Musical performances were given by Precious One Learning Center and Live Love Grow Learning Center. The meeting concluded with the Florence County Children’s Library reading several books to the children, including Pete the Cat Saves Christmas. 

For information related to Florence County First Steps, please contact Spencer R. Scott at 843-629-0202.

 

 

 

StrollerWalk 2017

StrollerWalk 2017 (Sept./Oct 2017) – The Stroller Walk will be a fundraiser set up like Relay for Life where you will raise money. We’re naming it Stroller Walk to involve the young people. 

Week of the Young Child

Week of the Young Child (April 2017) FCFS partners with NAEYC in recognizing and celebrating our youngest learners during the week of 4/24 – 4/28. Each day has a theme and is celebrated.  

Florence First Steps Terrific Toddler Contest

Florence First Steps Terrific Toddler Contest (April 2017) is it possible to have individuals to vote online and each vote cost $1?  --  --The Terrific Toddler Contest, during which people vote on the most terrific toddler in the county, raises money to support activities and programs for children, their families & caregivers throughout the county of Florence. Contest open to children 0 to 5. Winners are crowned King & Queen during Week of the Young Child. They will be award funds toward their future education.  Top ten winners will be featured in a calendar.

Childcare Provider of the Year

Childcare Provider of the Year (April 2017) This award recognizes the fundamental role of Childcare Providers when it comes to providing quality early education. Childcare Providers throughout Florence County are invited to apply. Of the top ten applicants, one will be selected to receive the Provider of the Year Award and will be named ECE Provider of the Year.

Award recipients will receive $100 for his/her personal use and a classroom gift. The winning provider will be notified during the “Week of the Young Child” April 24th – 28th, 2017. This event will celebrate the best and most dedicated early childhood education Providers throughout Florence County. Nominees will receive a gift.

 

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