October 2020 Newsletter

October 28, 2020

EI Spotlight

Rose Nelson has left a lasting impression with Beau and his family. He is so excited to see her that when he knows she is visiting he waits by the door and says "Rose? Rose? Where are you?" Their relationship and connection are what #AboutPlay is all about. They are so happy to have her! Congratulations, Rose!! Thank you Rose for being such an asset to our team!!

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Child Spotlight

“In the past year Jokubashas grown so much from not speaking and acting shy to speaking in complete sentences in Lithuanian,(his family’s native tongue), and in English. Hehas a very active imagination and loves to play with cars and toy construction sets. Hemakes our visits so much fun and he constantly makes me laugh. It has been an amazing year getting to watch Jokubasgrow and progress into the funny, creative boy he is today.”

-EI Logan

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Community Resources

Boo at the Zoo!

Put on your cutest costume for the Zoo’s popular Halloween spook-tacular.

8 NIGHTS OF FAMILY FUN! Come Trick-or-Treat through the Zoo and maybe even roast some marshmallows!

October 23–30, 2020 @ 5:00–9:00pm

Timed arrival tickets are required and must be purchased in advance HERE.

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Rainbow Ball

We all know that balls are a great way to build a child’s motor ad communication skills! Using this fun and easy method to help give children the opportunity to explore everyday items in a safe way.


  • Scarves
  • Oball

Creating an activity with a variation of size, structure, texture, smell and quite possibly taste will give the brain a lot more complex array of stimuli to play with than a bland collection of plastic toys. First, have the parent stuff their child’s oball with the scarves.  Make sure that the parent leaves small tabs left out of the oball for easy gripping.  Allow the child to play and explore for a minute.  Parents model “puuuuuuuull” and “Take out” to prompt child to pull the tabs and get the scarves out.  Take note if the child is struggling to use pincer or tripod grasp to grab tabs. Once all of the scarves are out, family can play a soft game of catch and throw.  Parent can sit in front of their kiddo and put their legs around them to help support them in sitting. Then, family can toss oballin child’s arms and prompt them to roll it or gently throw it back.


36-Month Milestones

Social and Emotional

  • Explores alone but with parent close by
  • Points to show others something interesting



  • Says several single words
  • Says and shakes head “no”


Cognitive (learning, thinking, problem-solving)

  • Can follow 1-step verbal commands without any gestures; for example, sits when you say “sit down”
  • Knows what ordinary things are for; for example, telephone, brush, spoon


Gross/Fine Motor

  • Walks alone
  • Eats with a spoon



  • Can help undress
  • Drinks from a cup

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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