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Welcome to the STAR Parenting

Program

(Starting Together... Arriving Ready)



The STAR Parenting Program of Lexington Two Schools partners with Lexington County First Steps to strengthen families and empower parents as their children’s first and most important teachers.  We have a staff of nationally certified Parents as Teachers Parent Educators who are also certified in CPR, AED and First Aid who serve families with children prenatal through school entry.

Vision

Encourage, Enlighten, Empower

 Mission

In collaboration with Lexington County First Steps, our community and our Lexington Two school families, the STAR Parenting Program will prepare children to enter school ready to learn and strengthen connections between families and schools in order to empower our youngest learners to achieve success.

   Why we do what we do:

Children are born to learn, and they learn the most from the people they love the most, their parents.  Research shows that children’s brains develop more in the first three years of life than at any other time.  All parents want their children to be successful.  The STAR Parenting Program of Lexington Two partners with parents to build strong foundations for learning for their children.

Our Goals:

· Strengthen families

· Empower parents as their children's first and most important teachers 

· Support positive growth and development of children

· Prepare children to enter school

· Build positive connections between families and schools

  

 What We Offer:

PAT Home Visits– Home visits are planned and provided based on your family’s needs and  may include the use of games, toys, books, and household items that are age appropriate for your child.

Helpful information-Excellent handouts and discussions help answer your parenting and child development questions.

Support –Support, encouragement and assistance in connecting to community resources are provided.

Screenings –Screenings are used to monitor your child's development.  Referrals are made when needed for hearing, vision, speech and other areas of development.

Playgroup– Parents and their children may be invited to join in weekly playgroups to make new friends and participate in enriching activities.

Group Connections– You will be invited to attend special STAR family events  and various events within the Lexington Two Schools.

 

 Space is limited so contact the STAR ParentingProgram at 926-5762  for more information and to determine which parenting services best fit your family’s needs. This program is free.

Pair Education Center (room 203)

2325 Platt Springs Road  West Columbia, SC 29172

 

Rhonda Wiley -Director   926-5743/rwiley@lex2.org

Sheri Stewart-Lead Parent Educator & Early Childhood Teacher  926-5762/sstewart@lex2.org

Paola Adams-Parent Educator (speaks English & Spanish)        926-5762/padams@lex2.org

Merv McCrimmon-Parent Educator                                           926-5762/mmccrimmon@lex2.org

Lydia Mayo-Parent Educator   926-5762/lmayo@lex2.org


Attention Parents/Guardians of

Rising 4K, 5K, and 1st Grade Students

Registration for the 2017-18 School-year begins

January 25, 2017

Register at the school serving the attendance zone in which you live between the hours of 8:00-3:00 Monday – Friday.

You must have all the following information at the time of registration:

§  Child’s Birth Certificate (long form required)

§  Child’s Immunization Certificate

§  Two proofs of residence (one utility bill and a lease/mortgage)

§  Proof of income for full-day 4K only

(Acceptable forms of proof - child’s Medicaid card, parent/guardian’s pay stub or income tax information)  

 

Criteria:

ü Child must be 4 years old on or before September 1, 2017

ü Family Income MUST meet Federal Free & Reduced Lunch Guidelines for full-day 4K programs only

 

4K Screenings will take place in May and June.  Students will be accepted into the program based upon screening results.

Please note that if your child currently attends a Lexington Two school, you are not required to register your student again to attend kindergarten or first grade.

For more information, contact your schools main office or call (803)926-5743.




Parenting Links:


National Fatherhood Initiative website


"With Babies, Words of Wisdom"-This article speaks to the importance of language development in the early years


National Responsible Fatherhood website that encourages all fathers to take time to be a Dad today


Alphabetical listing of many parenting issues


Sign language for young children


Educational Activities