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DHEC Issues New COVID-19 Guidance for Child Care Providers

On August 23, 2021 the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control issued new interim guidance for child care providers on managing COVID-19 cases. Download a printable copy of this document

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Join Our Team: Classroom Caregivers and Floaters

The Richland First Steps Early Head Start program is adding new classroom caregivers and floaters to the team. Classroom Caregiver The classroom caregiver is responsible for children age 8 weeks to three years of age. Caregivers take care of children when their parents are at work or otherwise unavailable. They make sure that the children’s […]

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Join Our Team – Early Childhood Technical Assistance Provider

UPDATE:  These positions have been filled. The Excellence in Care and Early Learning (ExCEL) program is hiring two people who will provide technical assistance in child care classrooms with the aim of helping to increase school readiness of the infants through 3 year olds in the center using the Environment Rating Scale and Conscious Discipline […]

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Brrrr – Caring for Children in Cold Weather

Child care rules require providers to take infants outdoors each day even in the winter. Parents often object, fearing their babies will catch colds or become too chilly. How can parents be reassured of their children’s well-being, even in cold weather? In our moderate climate infants are able to go outside nearly every day. Sometimes […]

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ExCEL Teams Accepting Applications for 2015-16

UPDATE: The application period for 2015-16 has ended. To stay updated on program announcements, please subscribe to our RSS feed, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter. RCFS is accepting applications to join the Excellence in Care and Early Learning (ExCEL) teams for 2015-16. Participating child care centers will receive training, technical assistance, materials, networking […]

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Child Care Providers: 2014-15 ExCEL Applications Now Available

Child care providers in Richland County seeking to enhance their quality through training and technical assistance should apply to be part of the Excellence in Care and Early Learning(ExCEL) Team for 2014-15. Centers who are new to the program should apply for the Enhancement Team. Previous Enhancement Team providers should apply for the Alumni Team. […]

“Seeing is Believing” Motto for Mentoring Initiative

“Seeing is believing” is an expression as old as human history, but it was a new twist on it that helped inspire the creation of one of our most exciting new initiatives, a mentoring program for child care classroom teachers to help them see great teaching in action. It all began one day when one […]

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Now Hiring: Early Childhood Technical Assistant | UPDATED

UPDATE – October 8, 2013 This position has been filled. Future job openings will be posted via our blog. Be the first to know: Subscribe to an RSS feed of our blog The Excellence in Early Care and Education (ExCEL) team has a position available for an Early Childhood Technical Assistant. Working as a team […]

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UPDATED | New Public 4K Classrooms for 2013 – Sign Up Today

Last Updated: September 10, 2013 More students living in Richland One elementary school attendance zones will be able to attend publicly-funded 4-year-old kindergarten thanks to the new budget passed by the SC Legislature. The expansion will provide more classrooms in both public school and child care settings. About the 4K Program Classes are “full day”: […]

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Apply by May 17 for free ExCEL Program

UPDATE: The application period for 2013-2014 has ended. Applications and information sessions for 2014-15 ExCEL team Enhancement Team and Alumni Team Applications are now available for our Excellence in Care and Early Learning (ExCEL) Program. Richland County child care centers may apply for the Enhancement Team to receive FREE training, technical assistance, and materials from […]