Calendar of Events




DPIL Reading/STEM Night

4:30 pm to 5:30 pm   

Wagon Branch Community Center, 3796 Tillman Rd, Ridgeland 29936

Come enjoy an afternoon of family fun and problem solving adventure with Little Red Riding Hood! Can you and your preschool aged child help Red build a basket that can hold all the delicious apples she's taking to grandma's house? But beware... the Big Bad Wolf likes apples too and want to make sure your basket can't hold them all...

Use your scientific mind to engineer a better basket!

Theme: "Little Red Riding Hood" - Literacy and STEM design challenge

CONTACT: JCFS @ 843-726-5100


HOLIDAY - Veteran's Day


CONTACT: JCFS @ 843-726-5100


PAT Group Connection

4:00 pm   Sgt Jasper Park, Hardeeville

Theme: Thanksgiving Celebration

CONTACT: JCFS @ 843-726-5100


CCT - Family Child Care Super Saturday

9:00 am to 3:00 pm   

Palmetto Electric (Hardeeville) - 1 Cooperative Way, Hardeeville 29927

9am-1130am     Curriculum Activities for the Outdoor Learning Environment

        DSS Credit Hours: 2.5 hours in Curriculum

        Will provide hands-on activities to incorporate into your outdoor learning environment. Learn to create an exciting learning environment that will have children, parents and teachers enjoying the great outdoors

1130am-1230pm    Chat and Chew with Child Care Licensing

         DSS Credit Hours not provided for this session

        Join the Family Child Care Network for a special "lunch and learn" session with licensing staff to answer your questions about operating a Family Child Care Business.   (Remember to bring your lunch for this special session.)

1230pm-300pm     Physical Development of Young Children

        DSS Credit Hours: 2.5 Child Growth and Development

        Will explore physical development milestones and age appropriate experiences to support physical development.

Facilitator: Leslie Terry, SC Child Care Resource & Referral Network

Cost: FREE (lunch not provided)

Register at:

CONTACT: Leslie Terry at 843-505-4370 or


HOLIDAY - Thanksgiving


CONTACT: JCFS @ 843-726-5100


SCFS 2017 Chairman's Summit

9:00 a - 4:00 p

Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, Columbia, SC

South Carolina First Steps to School Readiness invites you to the 2017 Chairmen's Summit on Early Childhood Join us as we welcome child advocates from across the Palmetto State for a day of learning and conversation. 

The day will be highlighted by a pair of powerful keynote speakers in Dr. Walter Gilliam and Dr. Freeman Hrabowski. 

Dr. Gilliam is the Director of Yale University’s Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy. A professor of psychology, Dr. Gilliam is, perhaps, the nation’s leading authority on the preschool expulsion epidemic. His recent research centers on how the implicit biases of teachers may shape their reactions to classroom behavior.  

Dr. Hrabowski has served as President of The University of Maryland, Baltimore County since 1992. His research and publications focus on STEM education, with special emphasis on minority participation and performance. His most recent book, Holding Fast to Dreams: Empowering Youth from the Civil Rights Crusade to STEM Achievement, relates how his experiences with the civil rights movement led him to develop programs promoting educational success in science and technology for African Americans and others.

The day will be rounded out by an expanded lineup of interest sessions highlighting early childhood success stories from around South Carolina. 

Registration ($30, including lunch and snacks) has now begun. 



PAT Group Connection

4:00 PM    Sgt. Jasper Park, Hardeeville, SC

Theme: PAT Angel Tree Christmas Celebration

CONTACT:  JCFS @ 843-726-5100


HOLIDAY - Christmas


CONTACT: JCFS @ 843-726-5100


HOLIDAY - New Year's Day


CONTACT: JCFS @ 843-726-5100