PEP has joined forces with other local organizations to provide gift bags to new moms at Aiken Regional Hospital. These bags are delivered by retired educators and contain a board book, developmental toy and ideas to help parents understand the importance of reading to their baby from birth.
Through this early literacy initiative it is estimated that over 800 parents received gift bags in 2016.
Count Down to Kindergarten
PEP has partnered with Aiken County First Steps to expand their home visitation program. Families of at-risk children who will enter kindergarten in the fall are visited 6 times during the summer by their future teacher. These visits are designed to build home-school bonds, establish classroom expectations for the coming school year, and foster strong student-teacher relationships
A South Carolina First Steps Initiative