WIC Van & Parent Group Meeting

Yesterday, we were excited to have the WIC van and team join us for our September Parent Group Connection. Families came early and were able to sign up for WIC services, as well as receive goody bags from WIC and Beaufort County First Steps that included $20 gift cards, notepads, storybooks, and more. We also served dinner for all the families. WIC provided an overview of its services in a brief presentation that followed dinner.

BCFS recently received a grant that allows us to partner with WIC in Beaufort County through April 2023. The goal is to promote and increase WIC enrollment in Beaufort County.

Our PASOs Community Health Workers and PAT Parent Educator will take goody bags and encourage WIC enrollment for families they visit.  In addition, we will be collaborating with Born to Read, who visits new mothers at the hospital to deliver goody bags and information. We’re looking forward to a continued successful campaign with all our partners!

WIC Partners with First Steps to Provide Services. WIC Van Visit on September 22nd – Join Us!

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Beaufort County First Steps recently received a grant (in conjunction with Dorchester First Steps) that will allow us to partner with WIC in Beaufort County from July 2021 through April 2023. The goal is to promote and increase WIC enrollment in Beaufort County. The WIC van will be attending our September 22nd Parent Group Connection. They will provide goody bags, information, and enrollment opportunities. In addition, we will be putting together our own goody bags that include WIC info, a growth chart, $20 gift card, notepad/pen, Eating Healthy coloring book/stickers/storybook, tissue, and crayons.  We will distribute these goody bags at community events, including Health Fairs and Back-to-School Expos.

Our PASOs Community Health Workers and PAT Parent Educator will take goody bags and encourage WIC enrollment for families they visit.  In addition, we will be collaborating with Born to Read, who visits new mothers at the hospital to deliver goody bags and information. We’re looking forward to a successful campaign with all our partners!

Beaufort County First Steps PAT Program Mother and Son Recognized for Academic Achievement

Beaufort County First Steps is very proud of Jaylen Roberts and his mother, Angela Roberts, who participated in Beaufort County First Steps, Parents as Teachers program. Parents As Teachers (PAT) is a home visiting program that includes personal visits from a Parent Educator at least twice monthly; monthly group connections with other PAT families; screenings and assessments to identify developmental concerns; and connections to outside resources that families may need to succeed. Jaylen was awarded the USDA/1890 National Scholars Program, which funds students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities studying agriculture, food, natural resource sciences and related fields. Jaylen has been going to school since before he was born. His mother was in college studying physics when she was pregnant with Jaylen and when she became an eighth-grade science teacher at Whale Branch Middle School. Jaylen attended Beaufort County School Districts First Steps program, which begins prenatally, and has gone to Whale Branch school since, including a stint with his mom as his teacher at the middle school. Jaylen graduated from Whale Branch Early College High School this past Wednesday, June 16th with two associate degrees in arts and science from Technical College of the Lowcountry – enough to make him a junior when he begins attending South Carolina State University in the fall to study civil engineering. 

Read the article featuring Jaylen in the Island Packet:
Teacher’s kid, football star at Whale Branch receives full ride to study engineering

Group Connection: The Pathway to Co-Parenting

This week, Beaufort Jasper Health Comprehensive led us in a parent group meeting called “The Pathway to Co-Parenting”.  There are two kinds of co-parents: the “fantastic co-parent” and the “craptastic co-parent”. The fantastic co-parent compromises, includes the other parent in decisions and schedules, and ultimately respects the other parent. The craptastic co-parent does things like remove visitation and doesn’t include the other parent in activities. All parents should strive to be the fantastic co-parent. A few tips for co-parenting include the following:

  • Avoid confrontation. Always be calm in front of the children and establish a business-like approach to parenting.
  • Be consistent and present a united front in front of the kids.
  • Be flexible. Go with the flow and compromise to keep the peace.

We also went over some DO’s and DON’Ts.

DO

  • Avoid conflict
  • Be direct and honest
  • Make requests, not demands

DON’Ts

  • Bring up old wounds
  • Bring up personal problems
  • Focus on hot topic buttons

Finally, we watched a YouTube video from Joel Leon’s TED talk called “The beautiful, hard work of co-parenting.” View the video online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEr-Lcue5P4. Leon focused on the importance of creating balance for everyone involved and realizing that sacrifice doesn’t rest on one parent alone.

Our next Group Connection is July 21st – “Yoga for Families”.