Last updated: January 20. 2014 10:06AM - 656 Views
Natalie Netzel Staff Writer

Cynthia Smith is the 3k teachers at Kids Unlimited of Prosperity Inc. and is seen with her class this year.
Cynthia Smith is the 3k teachers at Kids Unlimited of Prosperity Inc. and is seen with her class this year.
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PROSPERITY — A childcare facility in Prosperity has received $10,000 for its 4k classroom through the S.C. Child Development Education Pilot Program from S.C. First Steps.

Kids Unlimited of Prosperity Inc. is the second childcare facility in the county to receive funding for their 4k program. Newberry Child Development Center received $20,000 since they have two 4k classrooms.

The Prosperity childcare center was approved for this project in July last year. Their 4k program is free but certain qualifications must be met.

“All of the money is going to upgrade the room,” said Dawn Graham, director. “It helps us take the classroom one step further. We just want to help the children be better prepared and ready for kindergarten,” said Graham.

The 4k program focuses on developmental and learning supports that children must have in order to be ready for school and will incorporate research based practices, ongoing assessment and parenting education, Graham points out.

She added that the program is high quality and develop mentally appropriate educational services to age, income and geographically eligible 4-year-olds. The educational services include all domains of development which include physical, emotional, social, cultural and moral, she said.

The 4k program is owned by John David and Susan Dawkins of Prosperity and they have owned it since 1994. The center follows the same calendar as the Newberry County School District and they also have qualified teachers, Graham said.

The 4k teacher is Roxie Moore who has a bachelor’s in early childhood education. Moore also has an instructional assistant, Heidi Metts to help out.

As for the materials ordered with the grant money, the pre-kindergarten coordinator Barbara Black determined what was bought. She ordered new tables, chairs, shelves, and all kinds of materials and learning tools for a classroom, Graham said.

“With $10,000, you can create an entire classroom,” said Graham.

The center also has a 3k classroom, Graham points out which helps with the transition from 3k to 4k.

Created by the S.C. General Assembly in 2006, the CDEPP offers full-day four-year-old-kindergarten to qualifying children in 54 South Carolina school districts. Enrollment is offered at no cost to eligible children.

In addition to the offerings of the state’s public school districts, S.C. First Steps offers parents the opportunity to enroll their child with more than 100 private and community-based preschool providers statewide.

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