Pickens County First Steps
Who We Are
What We Do
Pickens County First Steps engages business and community-based organizations in meeting the needs of families by improving school readiness and quality care and education for children 0-5.
We currently fund two home visitations through the Parents as Teachers (PAT) program housed at Crosswell Elementary as well as through the Healthy Families program housed at the Parenting Place.
We are active in the childcare centers in our county, providing training to directors and workers as well as onsite implementation support by trained, certified Early Childhood educators. Our partnership with United Way has allowed us to provide specialized training in a research based phonics program called Zoo-phonics. Zoo-phonics aligns with the School District of Pickens County's literacy model in the 4K and 5K classrooms.
Through our Early Steps Identification (ESI) program, we actively observe, screen and appropiately refer children birth to age 4 with potential developmental delay(s) to either BabyNet or the School District of Pickens County (SDPC). For children who present a developmental delay but don't qualify for early intervention services through BabyNet or the SDPC, a UW community impact grant has been awarded that is case managed through the Children's Services Council of Pickens County, to provide appropiate early intervention services to these children.