February 2021 Newsletter

February 19, 2021

EI Spotlight

Stephanie is one of our amazing EI’s that’s been with the company for almost a year and she’s truly committed in making sure that each child get the services they need and deserve. Stephanie always rises to the occasion and makes sure she completes any task given no matter how challenging it may be. She loves her job and the families she serves, and it shows. She also makes family training fun for both the child and parent and we love that great rapport!!

Thank you Stephanie for being such an asset to our team!!

EIS- DeShae

EI Spotlight

Child Spotlight

“Ava is a high-spirited, outgoing, ball of sunshine who makes any Monday better. Ava was struggling with speech only a few short months ago. Ava has continued to show progress weekly and surprise not only the EI but her family as well. Ava can now say complete sentences, phrases, and new words weekly. She has shown a tremendous amount of progress in just a few short months! Ava has an amazing support system who continues to work with her daily to help Ava reach her goals. Ava is always cheerful and shows interest in each activity weekly. Awesome job Ava, keep up the good work!”

-EI Brittany

Child Spotlight

Extra-Mile Award

“Meet Hannah! She has been a part of the About Play Team for almost a year now! Ever since she started, she has hit the ground running in providing quality services for the families she serves. Hannah goes above and beyond in providing a fun Family Training experience and assisting her families in all of their needs. She works endlessly to find resources and is the definition of a hard worker! Thank you Hannah for always keeping our mission at heart and being the hands and feet of About Play!”

-EIS Beth

Extra Mile

Community Resources

Free Fridays!

Every Friday in January and February for Residents of Richland and Lexington Counties - Free Fridays!

In appreciation of the continued support of residents of Richland and Lexington Counties, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden will once again offer complimentary admission to Richland and Lexington County residents.

Due to COVID-19 Riverbanks is operating under restricted capacity, and all guests are required to reserve timed tickets online. Face masks are required in accordance with ordinances set by the City of Columbia and the City of West Columbia.

For additional information on what items that will be accepted as proof of residency, please visit HERE.


Valentine Sensory Bin

We all know that kids really enjoy putting their hands into different sensory bins and feeling the different textures. Sensory play experiences provide children with opportunities to practice fine motor skills.


  • Heart Gems (Dollar Store)

  • Heart Boxes (Dollar Store)

  • Handy Scoopers

  • Tweezers

  • Mini Erasers (Dollar Store)

  • Silicone Muffin Liners (Dollar Store)

  • Vinegar

  • Cookie sheet

  • Colored Rice (Red/Pink)

  • Ziplock Plastic Bags

  • Paper Towels

First, you have to dye the rice (using a color of choice), by dropping 1-2 cups of rice in a Ziplock bag. For every cup of rice you must use 1 teaspoon of vinegar. Then shake the bag around making sure you color all of the rice before allowing it to rice on the cookie sheet.  After the rice dries, pour it in the bin, then add the tools and loose parts to the bin. Young children will also enjoy using tongs and tweezers to pick up the gems and mini erasers in this Valentine’s Day themed sensory bin.


3-6 Month Milestones

Social and Emotional

  • Socializes with strangers
  • Establishes eye contact
  • Laughs



  • Lifts arms to parent
  • Coos and smiles
  • Looks and vocalizes to own name


Cognitive (learning, thinking, problem solving)

  • Begins to play with rattle
  • Reaches and grasps objects


Gross/Fine Motor

  • Bears weight on hands
  • Able to bring hands to mouth



  • Opens and closes mouth in response to food stimulus
  • Brings hand to mouth
  • Pats bottle

We are Hiring!

We need energetic, creative, motivated and passion driven professionals with great time and organizational skill managements.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in education, early childhood, social work, psychology, sociology, family & consumer science, or any related field
  • At least one year of experience working with children birth to six years old

Positions are available in the following counties:

  • Sumter
  • Columbia
  • Florence
  • Greenville
  • Charleston
  • Rock Hill
  • Lancaster

If you or someone you know is interested, visit our job application page at

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