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    November 18, 2022

    Live Talks on Facebook! 

    Over the past three years, we have experienced many changes: more virtual activities, fewer in-person interactions, extended periods of isolation, less accessibility to one another, and increased levels of stress on families as they try to adjust to system changes. Some have adapted and many are still trying to find a healthy balance. Throughout all of the adjustments, we must continue to communicate effectively with children.

    At First Steps, the health and well-being of children and families are a priority. Therefore, we encourage parents and children to have an open-door policy with one another amid the noise. Join us on Facebook Live tomorrow as we discuss parent-child communication and share tips on how to create an environment of trust and open, honest communication.

    Save the Dates for Live Talks on November 26, 2022 and December 3, 2022 at 6:00 PM!


    RSVP- Coffee on Us!

    As a continuation of Let’s Talk Month, observed in October, Darlington County First Steps will be hosting a Let’s Talk event for trusted adults, parents, and teens at Crema Coffee Bar in Hartsville on December 10, 2022! Coffee and light refreshments will be provided. Reserve your spot by texting “Let’s Talk” along with the names of participants to 843.639.3090.

    Be Strong Families Cafés

    Darlington County First Steps has been awarded funds to implement Be Strong Families Cafés. Cafés are physically and emotionally safe spaces where people talk and listen to each other on topics that matter to them, such as the challenges and victories of raising a family, navigating landscapes of inequality, enhancing well-being, or being involved in the recovery process of someone they love. Through individual deep self-reflection and peer-to-peer learning, participants explore their strengths, learn about the Protective Factors, and create strategies from their wisdom and experiences to strengthen their families. Participants leave Cafés feeling inspired, energized, and excited to put into practice what they’ve learned.

    Starting in January, Cafes will be offered for seven weeks to families who have children between the ages of 0-5. To refer a family for service, complete an online referral on our home page: www.darlingtoncountyfirststeps.org
    Picture 1: Tracy Redfearn, Founder of Child and Family Resource Center, during Be Strong Families training. 
    Picture 2: Representatives from Lee County, Orangeburg County, Barnwell County, Darlington County, and South Carolina First Steps at the Be Strong Families national training. 

    Parents as Teachers Program
    Receives Blue Ribbon Award 


    Darlington County First Steps (DCFS) completed the Parents as Teachers Quality Endorsement and Improvement Process and earned the highest designation: Blue Ribbon Affiliate status. Being named a Blue Ribbon Affiliate affirms that DCFS is 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. Parents as Teachers promotes the optimal early development, learning, and health of children by supporting and engaging their parents and caregivers. Learn more: www.darlingtoncountyfirststeps.org

    Job Opportunity

    We are seeking a Parent Educator for the Parents as Teachers Program. Click here to view position details.

    Our YouTube Channel is Your Resource

    Find the Darlington County First Steps Channel on YouTube for content that you can enjoy with your family members and those you serve! 
    Brandy Weaver, Countdown to Kindergarten Teacher and Coordinator, has a series of storytime videos for parents and children on our YouTube Channel. 

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    “Charity and love are the same—with charity you give love, so don't just give money but reach out your hand instead.”

    —Mother Teresa (1910-1997)
    founder of the Missionaries of Charity
    Brandi Samuel
    (843) 332-1135