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

See our Launch Video on the CFEC YouTube Page

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

In a series of three issues, our CFEC team have put together tools and resources to help teachers, families and communities improve the SEL of children across South Carolina.  In our first issue, we examine to importance of teacher self-care: highlighting practical tools teachers can use during these uncertain times.  In our second issue, “Family-School Partnerships,” our team looks to parents as the first teachers of SEL to children, providing important insight and practical activities for families.  Our newest issue, “Equity-Centered SEL,” focuses on CFEC’s committment to educataional equity.  In concert with community partners and University of South Carolina Faculty and Staff, we have compiled resources, critical analyses and stories of encouragment as we all work to promote equity in South Carolina.

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

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

Equity-Centered Social and Emotional Learning (SEL): Improving Outcomes for All Students (.pdf)

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