Pursuing Excellence for Tomorrow's Challenges

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      Jennifer Felkel, Coordinator of Parenting and Social Work

      Jennifer Felkel
      Coordinator of Parenting and Social Work







      Barbara Coker, Administrative Assistant Barbara Coker

      Administrative Assistant








      Our Mission

      To provide education and support to families with children before birth to kindergarten entry in School District Five of Lexington and Richland Counties-preparing them to be their children’s best and most important teacher while equipping them for school entry and lifelong success.

      Our Goals

      • To provide parents with developmental information about their preschool children and help parents plan for upcoming stages of development;
      • To encourage parents to be fully participating partners in their child's education, beginning at birth and continuing throughout the child's school years;
      • To share age-appropriate activities with families to promote development, family fun and learning;
      • share information about effective, research-based parenting;
      • To partner with schools in our district to assist children and their families in making the transition to public school;
      • To partner with community agencies to provide all families with the resources they need to raise healthy children who are ready to learn;
      • To assess children for developmental milestones (intellectual, language, social-emotional and motor);
      • To provide vision, hearing, and dental screenings, and;
      • To verify up-to-date immunizations to ensure children are healthy and ready for school.


      What Our Program Offers: