Oconee First Steps partners with organizations and/or programs that specialize in six core areas—School Transition, Quality Child Care, Early Education, Healthy Start, Family Strengthening and Early Intervention—to accomplish our overall goal of SCHOOL READINESS.
We believe parents play the most visible and essential role in ensuring a child starts school feeling healthy and ready to learn. But for many parents in our area, the resources and opportunities to help children get ready aren’t easily accessible—or even available at all.
That’s why Oconee First Steps partners to promote school readiness initiatives by enhancing the work that worthwhile agencies like local schools, state agencies, churches, non-profits, and neighborhoods are already doing in our community.
BabyNet is South Carolina’s interagency early intervention system for infants and toddlers under three years of age with developmental delays, or who have conditions associated with developmental delays. According to recent federal evaluations, outcomes for clients participating in BabyNet early intervention programs are above national averages. BabyNet matches the special needs of infants and toddlers who have developmental delays with the professional resources available within the community. Services are provided in everyday routines, activities and places relevant to the life of the family. BabyNet is funded and regulated through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and managed through South Carolina First Steps to School Readiness.
Anyone (a parent, doctor, caregiver, teacher or friend) can make a referral by the number listed below. The earlier a baby or toddler receives help, the better!
To make a referral or to get more information call 1-877-621-0865 or send an email to [email protected] for assistance.
BabyNet for Oconee County is provided by State First Steps: (864) 225-6465 or click here for more information.
Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). WOYC 2020 is scheduled for April 13-17.
OCFS will have a series of special events that week, so please check our FB page in 2020 for specifics.
For more information visit the Week of the Young Child website here.
Pinwheels for Prevention is a collaborative project to help promote the little things every family can do to help keep children safe and secure. Pinwheels are a symbol of happy childhoods. This uplifting image draws the attention away from the problem of abuse and neglect to the solution of effective prevention. Pinwheel gardens are a reminder of the work our community is doing to support children and families. Pinwheels for Prevention runs each year during the month of April. If you would like to be a pinwheels garden site, please contact us here.
For more information visit the Pinwheels for Prevention website here.