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Welcome to the STAR Family Partnership
(Starting Together...Arriving Ready)
STAR Family Partnership Team
The STAR Family Partnerships 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 serve families with children prenatal through school entry.
Encourage, Enlighten, Empower
In collaboration with Lexington County First Steps, our community, and our Lexington Two school families, the STAR Family Partnership 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 for their children to be successful.  The STAR Family Partnership 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 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 Family Partnership at 926-5743 for more information and to determine which parenting services best fit your family's needs.  This program is free.
Lexington Two Community Education Center
114 Hook Avenue, West Columbia, SC 29172
Parents as Teachers LogoFirst Steps Logo
Family Links
First Five SC (one-stop portal to learn about public programs and services to support your child's growth and development)
Palmetto Pre-K (one-stop shop for finding free educational preschool programs in South Carolina)
Lexington County Public Library
National Fatherhood initiative website
National Responsible Fatherhood website that encourages all fathers to take time to be a Dad today
Sign language for young children
Educational activities
Services for preparing young children for school entry
Great read-alouds for preschoolers
Library book lists
Mary Brooks
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Sheri Stewart
Lead Parent Educator &
Early Childhood Teacher
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Lydia Mayo
Parent Educator
Emelda Bautista
Parent Educator
(Habla español)
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Rosa Contreras
(Habla español)
Parent Educator
[email protected]
Attention Parents/Guardians of Rising 4K, 5K, and 1st Grade Students
Register online at
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 4K only (acceptable forms of proof include child's current Medicaid card, parent/guardian's most recent pay stub, or income tax information)
Criteria for 4K
Child must be 4 years old on or before September 1, 2222.
Family income should meet Federal Free & Reduced Lunch Guidelines
4K Screenings will take place in the spring and summer.  Students will be accepted into the program based upon family income and/or screening results.
For more information, contact your school's main office or call
(803) 926-5743.