January 2021 Newsletter

January 21, 2021

EI Spotlight

About play has truly helped my family in many ways I could have never imagined. Before receiving help Kendrick, was very shallow and shy especially when it came to speak or even showing emotions for that matter. After joining with a wonderful family here at About Play, Kendrick shows interest in other children, he’s very fluent with speaking and the most amazing part of it all he’s not shy anymore and I owe it all to our wonderful EI, Jonte’.

Thank you Jonte’ for being such an asset to our team!!


Child Spotlight

“Jordan meets his goals each week. Jordan is able to identify and name objects within the environment and upon request. Jordan is following two step directions given along with pronouncing words correctly when communicating wants and needs. Jordan is full of energy and always excited about new things and activities that come his way. Jordan surprises me on a daily basis when meeting all outcomes each week!”

-EI Jamila


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.


Sticker Sorting

We all know that learning colors is another great way to build a toddlers’ vocabulary! Use this fun and easy method to help your little ones learn colors using hand- eye coordination with joint attention.


  • Construction paper
  • Color coding stickers

First, grab four pieces of construction paper – each coordinating to a sticker color. Tape the paper to our wall, and then hand your child a few of the stickers (for starters, then later the page; prompting them to request more stickers please). You could start off by using 1-2 colors first and then add the other 2 later. As the child place the dots on the construction paper name the color and have the child imitate (working on identifying and naming each color). This activity can be done daily allowing the child to place 1-2 dots on the construction paper daily.


0-3 Month Milestones

Social and Emotional

  • Notices and responds to sounds
  • Enjoys playful face-to-face interactions with people



  • Makes eye contact
  • Coos and smiles
  • Turn head towards sound or voice


Cognitive (learning, thinking, problem solving)

  • Responds to sound and voice
  • Watches speaker’s eyes and mouth


Gross/Fine Motor

  • While lying on tummy, pushes up on arms
  • Able to bring hands to mouth



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

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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