Greenville First Steps, in partnership with Connect 4 Good, euphoria, Table 301, Metro by T-Mobile, and GreenvilleParents.com, hosted a virtual cook-along to celebrate community partners who have made an impact within our community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I have to take a deep breath; I gotta catch my breath before I respond.” Amanda, a mother of 2 preschoolers and one 3rd grader, isn’t running a marathon. She is practicing intentional breathing exercises that she picked up in a local Triple P workshop. “Triple P, the Positive Parenting Program, provides parents and caregivers with tools to help them manage stressful situations and to help model positive behaviors for their children”, says Nicole Sheppard, Greenville First Steps’ Triple P coordinator.
When Kim realized she was expecting her first child, she immediately began researching childcare options. “We looked everywhere. We were on so many waiting lists and no one was calling us back, and the ones who did were way too expensive.” Kim explained, “it was truly depressing. We finally had to make a difficult choice: do I return to work, and end up paying $200/week for childcare, or stay home and watch our child?”
With schools closed, most businesses shut down, and many families attempting to conduct work and education from home, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our daily lives in unprecedented ways. Despite this “new normal,” for the 36,000 children under the age of five in Greenville County, it is essential that we continue to provide high-quality home-based child care services so they can receive the early childhood development they need to thrive throughout their live
August has arrived, which means 75,000 Greenville County students will begin the annual first week of school ritual. Like their parents before them, these students will prepare for a new year of learning. However, unlike any generations before them, these families have to adjust to the “new normal” of self-directed learning and limited school schedules.