May 2021 Newsletter

June 1, 2021

EI Spotlight

Brittany is so deserving of the EI Spotlight. She has great relationships with the families she serves and goes above and beyond to advocate for her children and their families, going out of her way to make sure they have all the resources and services they need. We are so happy to have her on our team! Thank you Brittany for being such an asset to our team!!

-EIS Monica

May2021-EI Spotlight

Child Spotlight

“James is definitely one of a kind with his energetic personality! He’s using full sentences and is able to label many shapes, animals, and letters. James’ favorite thing to do is to pretend play and watch Blippi paired with his emerging communication skills always make fun visits. He has made a tremendous amount of progress since I started working with him and is excited to try new things! I look forward to seeing him each week!!”

-EI DeShae

May2021-Child Spotlight

Extra-Mile Award

Kamisha has been with about play for 10 months now! She is a team player and has shown that she is dedicated and passionate about the children we serve. Kamisha goes above and beyond and provides a quality service to all of her families; which is why I have nominated her for going that extra mile. Thank you, Kamisha for all that you do!!

-EIS Allison

May2021-Extra Mile Award

Community Resources

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Drive-In Movie Night

Join us for a drive-in movie night at Saluda Shoals Park featuring the Croods- A New Age. The movie begins at dark (8:00 p.m.) Food Trucks will have food for purchase from 6:00-8:00 p.m

By the Fire Pizza
Pelican's SnoBalls
Cotton Candy

All Ages $15/car

Movie attendees are asked to remain in their vehicles during the movie. Enter at the east entrance of Saluda Shoals Park located at 6071 St. Andrews Road, Columbia, SC 29212


Ocean Sensory Bag for Kids

This fun activity is great for developing hand eye coordination and problem solving.


  • Plastic bag
  • Water
  • Blue food coloring
  • Under the Sea Creatures


An ocean themed sensory bag is just what your child needs to have fun with fish, octopus, and other sea creatures, with no trip to the ocean required. They can squeeze and squish the sensory bag to move the ocean animals inside. You can easily make the sensory bag in a disposable bag.

First, place glass gems in the bag. (These are optional, but they look so cool.) Then, add some water to the bag and a few drops of blue food coloring. Make sure to remove the air from the bag and close it. (If you are using a ziplock bag you may want to add some duct tape to the top.) Now the bag is ready to play with. If you have extra sea animals leftover you should make a Mini Aquarium Sensory Bottle too!

May2021-Ocean Sensory Bag

12-15 Month Milestones

Social and Emotional

  • Favorite games to play “peek-a-boo” and “hiding”
  • Shows toy preference
  • Displays independent behavior



  • Starting to say several words
  • Greets with verbal cues


Cognitive (learning, thinking, problem solving)

  • Follow some simple directions
  • Start matching and sorting by shape and colors.


Gross/Fine Motor

  • Walk independently
  • Turn 2-3 pages at a time



  • Drink from cup independently
  • Begin to use spoon and fork

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:

  • Charleston
  • Kershaw
  • Richland

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

For more info and questions, you may also email

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