June 2020 Newsletter

June 30, 2020

EI Spotlight

“I’d like to nominate Marjetta! She came into our life in a time when we were so lost and feeling helpless with our son’s diagnosis, unsure of how we, as his parents, could help. Not only did she guide us into better communication with our little man, but she helped him find his voice and never gave up...even on the days he wasn't himself. He would always look forward to our Monday sessions with her and has come so far not only through play, but through guidance that I feel only someone with great patience and an amazing spirit could give. Thanks for being a hero in Jaxson’s story!” - Jennifer W.


Child Spotlight

“Drake is a wonderful little guy who greets me with a huge smile. His eyes widen to praise from his parents when he masters a task. Drake has made significant strides in communication to include imitating sounds and words. Not to mention, Drake loves to watch, then imitate flips modeled by San Diego Zoo’s apes using virtual field trips. Drake is a ball of energy that makes every family training session exciting and rewarding.” – EI Demetress


Community Resources

Riverbanks Zoo & Garden in Columbia, SC has reopened!

Missing the world’s animal friends? Have no fear! Riverbanks Zoo & Garden in Columbia, SC has reopened! The zoo has implemented a three-phase approach to reopening that includes increased sanitation stations and timed-ticket reservations. To learn more, visit

Drive-thru Zoos

Wanting to continue practicing social-distancing from the comfort of your own car? Check out local drive-thru zoos that allows you an up-close and personal interaction with wildlife at Eudora Farms and Lazy 5 Ranch.


Rock Painting Activity

Rock painting is one engaging, fun activity that allows children to explore their creativity. Your child will explore one of nature’s smallest canvases upon which to decorate, and endless combinations of paint, markers, and embellishments.


  • Rocks
  • Mod Podge Outdoor
  • Paint
  • Sharpies/Markers
  • Brush-on or spray clear sealer
  • Paintbrushes (and a detail brush for writing)


Wash all dirt off your rocks and let dry. Paint the rocks with acrylic paint (be careful!) for weather durability. Paint one side, let dry, flip over, paint the other side, then let whole-rock dry. (Using descriptive words: big, little, round, soft, smooth, wet and/dry). Seal with clear sealer. Then, once dry, finish off with several coats of mod podge outdoor. Remember to allow your child to participate throughout the activity and make choices of rock and color of paint. Use descriptive language such as big/little, round, smooth/rough, and wet/dry. And, lastly, remember to have fun doing it!

18-Month Milestones

Gross Motor:

  • Walk by self
  • Possibly walk up steps or run
  • Squat to pick up a toy
  • Pull toys while walking

Fine Motor:

  • Drink from a cup
  • Stack two objects or blocks
  • Hold a crayon


  • Say several single words
  • Say the word "no" and shake her head
  • Understand the concepts of "in" and "on"
  • Repeat some words heard in a conversation


  • Eat with a spoon
  • Help undress

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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