Phone: 843-745-0237

Fax: 843-745-0895

4975 LaCross Road, Suite 100
North Charleston, SC  29406

Office Hours: M-Th 7:30-5 & F 7:30-4

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FUN & LEARNING FOR FAMILIES WITH YOUNG CHILDREN

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Learning Through Play

While you are at home as a familiy, we want your children to feel safe and stay connected to play-based learning. Explore these links for activities, stories, and videos that may add meaningful fun to your day together. Also, follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

SCETV Special Programing

SCETV has modified the regular schedule three days each week, 8am-6pm. Educators and parents will have access to supplemental lesson plans and curriculum materials to facilitate meaningful use of the content. Have fun and learn with Daniel Tiger, Sesame Street, and more!

PBS Kids

Enjoy interactive videos and more for children of all ages. Filter for preschool or subject area.

Creative Curriculum Healthy at Home Toolkit

Creative Curriculum® for Preschool is a comprehensive, research-based curriculum that promotes exploration and discovery as a way of learning, enabling children to develop confidence, creativity, and lifelong critical thinking skills. This toolkit for parents with children birth - five years is updated weekly and is available in English and Spanish.

Head Start Early Learning & Knowledge Center Activities

This site is a collection of things to do that can be part of your family's everyday life, broken down according to specific rooms in your home, outdoors, and away from home.

SC Child Care Resource and Referral Pinterest Page

This lists great activities that can be done at home with children.

 

SC Child Care Resource and Referral Parent Tips Pinterest Page  

This features practical solutions for parents, including tips for improving communication, building positive relationships and other useful parenting skills.

Charleston County Public Library eCard

No library card? No worries! Click this link to find out how you can get a CCPL eCard to download or stream digital content for children and adults, like e-books, audiobooks, movies, tv, magazines, and more!

SC Center for Community Literacy

This site has  ideas and activities for educating and entertaining children and youth while they are home from school. It also has information on how to explain the virus to children.

ABDO free e-books

for all levels and in English and Spanish. User = Spring,  Password = 2020

Audible free audio books - Check out the "Little Listeners" category!

For as long as schools are closed, kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.
 

List of music and art organizations offering online or virtual experiences 

Many musicians, arts organizations, and others are lending their services and talents for free in an effort to help all of us make it through these uncertain times with a bit more ease.

Explore the Riverbank Zoo from home

Each weekday at 10am, enjoy a Facebook Live event that features, inside peeks, too-cute-to handles, and an activity to do at home

25 Nature Webcams

Kids can learn a lot from observing animals, from what they eat and how they raise their young. This is a list with direct links to some of the best nature webcams - pandas, otters, jellyfish, birds, gorillas, and more! 

​Family Support

These are links to tools that support whole-family needs, including resources for financial, socio-emotional health, technology, physical health, governement programs, and more.

CCFS Early Head Start - Child Care Partnership Health & Wellness Newsletter

This quarterly newsletter features important information on COVID-19.

SC Dept of Employment & Workforce

If your work is affected by COVID-19, you can apply for Unemployment Insurance. This process and these benefits are the same as applying for benefits if you lose your job through no fault of your own. Click on the link above for instructions that walk you through the registration and application portal.

Camscanner - mobile app that lets you scan by taking a picture

Need to scan a document and upload it to complete an unemployment or other application? Camscanner is a mobile app that lets you scan by taking a picture of your document, then save, archive, and upload files. The free version works great, but stamps all documents "Camscanner." The link above is to the app's website. Here is a link to the instructions for the premium version, which is free for all students and educators.

https://www.camscanner.com/disclaimer/educator.

Information about CCPL Free Wifi

While CCPL remains closed due to the Coronavirus, the library’s Wi-Fi extends beyond the walls of its buildings, providing access to patrons in parking lot areas. Free Wi-Fi access is available from 10 am – 7 pm in the public areas outside of each of the 17 branches. 

Headspace

This site offers a free collection called “Weathering the Storm” that includes meditations, sleep, and movement exercises to help you find some space and kindness for yourself and those around you.

Parenting: Ways to Stay Sane at Home with Kids During Coronavirus...

Post & courier article with tips and links. "all this is just to say that family schedules during the coronavirus crisis are helpful, essential even, but need to be inherently flexible. I’m giving myself plenty of grace. You should, too."

CDC Coronavirus COVID-19 

This is the official Center for Disease Control website. It has the official latest updaes and information about how to protect yourself and what to do if you think you are sick.

 

Medicare and Coronavirus

Scroll down to read the section about how medicare covers needs related to the virus, such as labtests and hospitalization.

 

Disaster Loan Assistance

The Small Business Administration offers federal loans for homeowners, renters, businesses, and non-profits.

Child Care Provider Information

This is a list of resources for Early Childhood Center owners, directors, and staff.

scchildcare.org

For the latest recommendations/guidance for child care providers in SC, provider closings by county, and SC Voucher updates, visit

childcare.disaster.response@dss.sc.gov  or 1-888-825-7174

For questions about licensing or extending capacity, email or call the above.

Emergency Funding Resources

This Child Care Aware site lists information about assistance from state and federal governement, insurance agencies, national food and nutrition, and more. It also has a hotine and chat feature for questions.