Lexington 4 First Steps Parenting Program

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    Lexington School District 4 partners with Lexington County First Steps to equip parents and caregivers with the knowledge and skills necessary to promote school readiness, healthy development, and long-term success of their preschool-aged children. Nationally certified Parents as Teachers Parent Educators serve families with children prenatal through 3-year-old school entry.

    In 2017, we completed the Parents as Teachers Quality Endorsement and Improvement Process and earned the highest designation - a Blue Ribbon Affiliate status. Being named a Blue Ribbon Affiliate affirms that we are among the highest quality members of the home visitation and parent education field, implementing the evidence-based Parents as Teachers model with fidelity and quality. 

    Mission

    To support families in Lexington 4 so that all children enter school ready to continue learning.

    Why We Do What We Do

    Children are born primed to learn and they learn the most from their first and most important teacher, their parents.  The first years of a child’s life are critical for optimal development and provide the foundation for success in school and life.  All children deserve the same opportunities and it’s our desire to partner with families to build this strong foundation.

    What We Offer

    Parents as Teachers Parent Educators work with families through four interrelated service delivery areas: 

    1. Personal Home Visits - Certified Parent Educators help assist and support families as their child/children learn, grow, and develop during their most important years. The visits typically include an activity, written information, and a free book to keep.
    2. Group Connections - Events provided to empower families to build social connections with each other and to provide knowledge that will support their child/children's development. 
    3. Resource Network - Parent Educators connect families to resources that help them reach their goals and address their needs. 
    4. Child Screening - Developmental and health screenings are used to monitor your child’s development to be sure they are school ready.

    Program Staff

    Lyn Kinard
    Lead Parent Educator
    lkinard@lexington4.net
    803-490-7001 ext 38002
    803-394-8150

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