‘Preschool Story Time’ returns


‘Fall For Story Time’ Sept. 24

By Charles Warner - cwarner@civitasmedia.com



Courtesy photo Union County First Steps will once again offer free "Preschool Story Time" for preschool children and their parents beginning Sept. 21.


Courtesy photo As part of its efforts to promote learning among preschool children and their parents promote learning as well, Union County First Steps will offer "Fall For Story Time" on Sept. 24.


By Charles Warner

cwarner@civitasmedia.com

UNION COUNTY — Every day of the week will be “Story Time” for the preschool children of Union County and their parents beginning Sept. 21.

According to its website (scfirststeps.com) South Carolina First Steps to School Readiness was created by the state legislature in 1999 to address the “alarming gap in students’ preparedness for school success.”

The website states that since its inception, First Steps has helped young children in all of South Carolina’s 46 counties by offering school readiness services to families designed to:

• Improve children’s health and well-being (pre-natal to age 5);

• Support parents in their goal to serve as their children’s first and best teachers;

• Provide parents with easy access to needed early interventions for children with unique development needs;

• Help parents access quality child care for their young children;

• Promote early education programs and quality pre-kindergarten choices for families;

• Help parents transition their rising kindergarteners into school.

The website further states that each county is served by a “First Steps Partnership responsible for meeting local needs and identifying collaborative opportunities to help our state’s youngest learners. State level board and staff support statewide priorities, programs, and assist local partnerships in meeting the needs of families statewide.”

In Union County, that partnership is Union County First Steps which offers a number of programs designed to address the educational needs of preschool children and their parents.

“Parents are a child’s best teacher,” Union County First Steps Executive Director Catherine Childers said Tuesday. “We want to help the children and we want to help the parents teach their children.”

To do that, Union County First Steps offers a number of programs including “Preschool Story Time” which will be offered on the following days at the following locations at the following times beginning Sept. 21:

• Mondays — Foster Park Elementary School, 10:45-11:45 a.m.

• Tuesdays — Union County Carnegie Library, 10 a.m.

• Wednesdays — Monarch Elementary School, 10:45-11:45 a.m.

• Thursdays —

Carlisle Town Hall, 10:45-11:45 a.m.

• Fridays — Buffalo Elementary School, 10:45-11:45 a.m.

While the program varies to some degree from location to location, Childers said that the core of each is a story time and a craft time inspired by the story read each day. She said the goal of the program is to provide a total learning experience for both the children and their parents which will help inspire in children a love of learning and help their parents enhance that love of learning at home. By doing so, Childers said this will help prepare children for and transition them to the learning environment of school.

The Preschool Story Time program is free and is open to children under five years of age and their parents/guardians.

Childers said parents and their children may attend any of the Preschool Story Time events during the week or attend all of them, but reminded parents that they must attend the program with their children.

For more information on the Preschool Story Time program at the different locations call:

• Foster Park Elementary School — 864-429-1737

• Monarch Elementary School — 864-429-1733

• Buffalo Elementary School — 864-429-1730

• Union County Carnegie Library — 864-427-7140

• Carlisle Town Hall — 864-427-1505

Fall For Story Time

In addition to Preschool Story Time, Childers said Union County First Steps will offer “Fall For Story Time” on Thursday, Sept. 24.

The event will be held at 11 a.m. at the Community Center at 201 Porter St., Union. It too will be for preschool children under five years of age.

Childers said Fall For Story Time will feature story time followed by a craft time inspired by the story that will be read. She said each child that attends will be given a small gift.

For more information about Union County First Steps and the programs and services it offers call Catherine Childers at 864-429-1740, Ext. 134.

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or cwarner@civitasmedia.com.

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Union County First Steps will once again offer free "Preschool Story Time" for preschool children and their parents beginning Sept. 21.
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Union County First Steps will once again offer free "Preschool Story Time" for preschool children and their parents beginning Sept. 21.

Courtesy photo
As part of its efforts to promote learning among preschool children and their parents promote learning as well, Union County First Steps will offer "Fall For Story Time" on Sept. 24.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_Fall-For-Story-Time.jpgCourtesy photo
As part of its efforts to promote learning among preschool children and their parents promote learning as well, Union County First Steps will offer "Fall For Story Time" on Sept. 24.
‘Fall For Story Time’ Sept. 24

By Charles Warner

cwarner@civitasmedia.com

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or cwarner@civitasmedia.com.

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or cwarner@civitasmedia.com.

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