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Ready, Set - Kindergarten! Family Guides for Preschool - Kindergarten Development

graphic of girl and boyThere are six areas of growth and experience that research tells us are involved in helping a child progress and succeed. These guides offer a brief introduction to each area and provide samples of the experiences and skills children need in order to be prepared to move through preschool at three, four, and five years of age.

Exploring Shapes, Patterns, Numbers, Comparisons

Feelings About Self, Developing Relationships & Controlling Emotions

Gaining the Basics for Reading, Writing & Speaking

Learning To Think, Make Decisions, Solve Problems

Physical Growth, Nutrition & Health/Safety

The Individual Way Each Child Learns

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL): Teacher Self-Care

As a teacher, you spend a lot of time taking care of others often at the expense of taking care of your own needs. Teacher stress has only increased with all the disruptions caused by COVID-19. Self-care is necessary now more than ever for you to maintain good mental health and continue to do what you do best.... TEACH! The resources shared in this issue will help you develop the strategies you need to both  take care of yourself and support students who are entering the uncharted territory of school reopening in 2020.

Family - School Partnerships: Key to Social & Emotional Learning (SEL)

Parents are the experts on their children’s unique social, emotional, and behavioral characteristics. They are also the first teachers
of their children and have been impacting and developing their child’s social and emotional skills for years. Although parents are
likely doing things every day to influence their child’s social and emotional learning (SEL), it is a relatively new thing in schools and
many parents may not know what SEL is and why it is important.

School Decision-Making Tool for Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians

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Many parents, caregivers, and guardians face new and difficult choices about how their child will return to school in the fall, such as deciding between in-person and virtual learning. This tool is designed to help parents, caregivers, and guardians weigh the risks and benefits of available educational options to help them make decisions about sending their child back to school.

NNPS Best Practices

Last year CFEC was invited to participate in Parent Super Saturday at Hand Middle School.  This “Parent University” program was hosted in collaboration with the University of South Carolina Parent Advocacy group, local schools and community organizations.  Parent Super Saturday was created to inform, empower and inspire parents to take an active role in thier children’s education.  Due to the incredible collaborative work of our team and partner organizations, this event was featured in the NNPS Best Practices 2020 issue.  Thank you to this incredible team and all their hard work.


NNPS 2020 Partnership Award Winners

Congratulations! to the programs that earned a 2020 Partnership Award in recognition of excellent programs of school, family, and community partnerships. Eight schools, one district, and three organizations are recognized this year for going beyond a good “activity” to systematically building research-based programs of family and community engagement. Examples of their work are included in the new book of Promising Partnership Practices 2020 and will be featured on the NNPS website later this month.

Partnership School Awards

  • Delmae Heights Elementary School, Florence School District One, SC

Partnership Organization Awards   

  • Francis Marion University-Center of Excellence, Florence, SC