Did You Know
- 80% of brain development happens in the first three years of life.
- Early experiences build the foundation for later development.
- National data shows that racial, ethnic, and socio-economic skill gaps are evident by the age of two.
- Early literacy experiences such as interactions with books and print, stories and words, and reading and writing make a big difference.
This information, coupled with the fact that 73.6% of Pickens County kindergartners tested "not ready" for kindergarten last fall, motivated Women United to develop Preschool Pages.
Preschool Pages is a partnership with Central Elementary, Chastain Road Elementary, and McKissick Elementary to support the development of early literacy skills in infants through 4 year olds in the community. The staff at each of these elementary schools offer regular programming for young children and their caregivers to attend.
Through Preschool Pages, Women United is helping these programs by providing books or other needed resources such as volunteer time.
Books may be purchased through Poor Richard's Booksellers, 107 W. Main Street, Easley, where you will receive a 20% discount when you mention Women United. Poor Richard's will keep a list of the books at the store, and when you purchase from them, you can leave your books at the store for later delivery.
You can also use our Amazon Wishlist to purchase books for Central Elementary Cougar Cub Book Club, Chastain Road Elementary Toddler Rock-n-Read, or McKissick Elementary Tyke Tales, or use the wishlist to identify titles and purchase the books at the store of your choice.
Please note that books are being purchased all the time and the wish lists change regularly! For the most up to date list of books needed, please refer to the staff at Poor Richard's Booksellers, the Amazon Wish lists listed above, or contact Caroline Evatt.
Each site will have a different schedule and different volunteer needs. Please reach out to the contact person listed below to make arrangements to volunteer. You can assist during the program, or help prepare materials ahead of time. You may also need to complete School District of Pickens County volunteer training.
Central Elementary: Cougar Cub Book ClubTuesdays at 10:30 a.m. CONTACT: Patti Williams, Reading Coach, 864-397-1415, 608 Johnson Road, CentralBuy books for Cougar Cub Book Club
Chastain Road Elementary: Toddler Rock-n-Read First Monday of the month at 10:00 a.m., CONTACT: Angie Stone, Media Specialist, 864-397-4800, 940 Chastain Road, LibertyBuy Books for Toddler Rock-n-Read
McKissick Elementary: Tyke Tales 2nd and 4th Thursdays at 10:00 a.m., CONTACT: Angela Spearman, Reading Coach, 864-397-2200, 156 McKissick Road, EasleyBuy Books for Tyke Tales
Thank you for supporting Preschool Pages