May 2022 Newsletter

June 1, 2022

EI Spotlight

"We are glad to have Parker as part of our About Play team. She is dedicated in providing quality services to our children and their families. Parker shows passion while working with children and creates her own activities to ensure they are developing and meeting their goals. Thank you Parker, we appreciate all that you bring to About Play and our community!"

-Reg Dir Beth

May-EI Spotlight

Child Spotlight

“Zeke was unable to communicate when I first started with him. However, now he is able to express his wants and needs verbally, name colors, objects, and use two-word phrases. Zeke is always enthusiastic during his sessions and is such a joy to work with. I look forward to seeing his smiling face every week!”

-Reg Dir Beth


Extra-Mile Award

“Katie K. is a wonderful asset to our upstate team! From working after hours to make sure her families get visits to fit their schedules; to going out of her way to find fun activities and cool resources! Katie is a team player and always offers to help when needed!

Thank you Katie for going above and beyond for your families and team!

-Reg Dir Beth




Community Resources

Summer Movie Express

Bring the family to the nearest Regal theatre for our 2022 Summer Movie Express series! Summer Movie Express tickets are just $2 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays featuring summer movies the whole family will enjoy. Availability varies by location, so select a movie from the posters above to see showtimes or check participating theatres for schedules.


Regal Columbiana Grande
1250 Bower Parkway, Columbia, SC
Starts Tue. Jun 07

Regal Sandhill
450 Town Center Place, Columbia, SC
Starts Tue. Jun 07


Ocean Sensory Bag for Kids

Use this fun and easy method to help your little ones learn colors using hand- eye coordination with joint attention


  • 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. 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!


9-12 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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