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$100,000 grant to expand Child Find initiative

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BEAUFORT CO., SC (WTOC) -

The Learning Center of Beaufort and the Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina has awarded the Beaufort County School District a two-year $100,000 grant to expand its efforts to identify young children who might benefit from early childhood programs.

The district announced the grant award last week.

Child Find initiative works ensure that children are ready to learn when they enter Beaufort County schools. It conducts screening tests to identify young children ages 2½ through 6 who are at risk for physical, mental, developmental and social support issues, according to a district news release.  It also connects children and their parents with community agencies that can provide assistance.

"The goal of Child Find is to identify young children who need extra help, then to assist the parents of those children by connecting them with that help," said District Superintendent Jeffrey Moss in a statement. "This grant will intensify our efforts to make sure that when children come to school for the first time, they have the basic skills and knowledge they need to get off to a strong start."

The Learning Center of Beaufort Inc. is a non-profit foundation that assists in developing programs that help children who learn differently.  

The program also provides information, support and encouragement to parents to help their children develop during the critical early years of life. "Parents who are interested in participating basically receive guidance in becoming more effective as their children's first teachers," Hutchison said. 

Child Find services include:

  • Referring children to medical professionals if specific health issues are spotted in screening tests.
  • Connecting parents with the school district's early childhood services.
  • Connecting parents to child care programs in the community.
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