South Carolina

In South Carolina, Motheread is administered through First Steps to School Readiness, a program that helps children age birth to five arrive at kindergarten ready to learn.  First Steps to School Readiness emphasizes parent education, recognizing that any gains made for children cannot be sustained without a positive learning environment at home.  In March, the Darlington County program included Motheread trainers as presenters during a Family Empowerment Day that brought parents together with community partners and service providers.  The event was such a success that another has already been scheduled.  Partnerships are also being built with local schools and libraries to bring Motheread instruction to more families.  Staff have been especially impressed by the bonds that form among classmates and the way they support and encourage each other both during class and after their session has ended.  They have found that many new participants are coming to the program after hearing about it from Motheread graduates.

 

Carolyn Trammell, Title I  Parenting and Family Literacy

Charleston County School District

Dept. of Community, Family and School Services

75 Calhoun Street

Charleston, South Carolina 29401

Phone: 843-937-6424

Fax: 843-937-6428

E-mail: carolyn_trammell@charleston.k12.sc.us