Early Childhood Program
Dorchester School District Two offers a variety of services for our youngest learners- birth to five. Our goal is to provide children and parents many early literacy experiences so that all children enter kindergarten ready to succeed.
Family Literacy Services
Believing that parents are children’s first and most important teachers, we offer a home visitation program to assist parents in this very important role. The Parent-Child Home Program is availablefor eligible two and three year old year children at some of our elementary schools. This program brings a Parent Educator into your home twice a week for a thirty minute visit to work on readiness skills with you and your child. The age appropriate books and toys used in these visits are for you and your child to keep to use at home when playing together to enhance your child’s language and early literacy skills. www.parent-child.org
Parents wishing to further their education with a GED or to update work skills including computer technology should contact our Summerville Adult Learning Center at 873-7372. There is an onsite child care center for enrolled parents for a small fee. Parents who use the child care center participate in twice monthly parent child interactive literacy times and receive free books and materials to use at home.
Monthly story times are offered for interested parents and pre-schoolers at our Parent Centers located at Spann Elementary School (873-3050), Knightsville Elementary (873-4851) and Windsor Hill Elementary School (760-9820). These include music and movement, stories, crafts and a free book to take home. Parents can also check out educational materials to use at home with their children during this time. Call these schools for dates, times and to sign up for these.
Pre-kindergarten 4K Preschool Classes
All elementary schools in our district have a 4k class that serves 20 children in each session. These are half day sessions with the morning session being from 7:25 until 10 am and the afternoon session is from 11:25 until 2 pm. Registration is in the spring at your child’s home school. Eligible students must be 4 years old on or before September 1st of this school year and meet the state risk factor criteria for entry. Students are screened in late spring with the DIAL-4 (Developmental Indicators for the Assessment of Learning), a developmental assessment of their language, motor and concept skills and their score along with risk factor points from their registration determine entry or waiting list placement.As children move throughout the year we choose another child from our ranked waiting list to fill this spot. There is no cost for this program, bus transportation is provided and children who are eligible receive free/reduced breakfast or lunch depending on the session. Our curriculum in 4k is aligned with the South Carolina School Readiness Guidelines for 3, 4 and 5 Year Old Children. These standards known as Good Start Grow Smart can be found on the state website at http://childcare.sc.gov/maindocs/gsgs.
If parents suspect their child has a developmental delay or has been referred by their physician for additional screenings, our school district holds Child Find screenings for children who have reached their third birthday. These are done in our special services department and some children may qualify for speech services or placement in a preschool class depending upon their screening results. This is a free service please call 875-4161 for more information.
If a parent is concerned about a child’s articulation or language skills our school speech pathologists screen children who are three to determine if speech services are needed. Please call your home school and leave a message for the speech therapist/pathologist to contact you to discuss your concerns and/or to schedule a screening. If your child qualifies you may bring him or her for free speech therapy at your home school. If you are unsure of your home school, please call 832-5541 for information.