LRCDC is in partnership with the University of South Carolina in Columbia to offer children and families the opportunity to participate in a collaborative research project which tracks the developmental growth of children through a developmental screening tool. The program Ages & Stages tracks your child’s growth and development from birth to five years and helps to assess any developmental delays or advancements at your child’s particular age and stage. In turn our qualified staff can recommend activities to enhance your child’s development as well as put you in touch with any of your other partners, such as Baby Net who may offer in house assistance in working with your child.
Other partners include North Myrtle Beach Middle and High Schools offering students and opportunity to observe and interact with children in a learning environment while offering possible career paths. We also offer students the chance to volunteer enabling them to receive community service hours toward class projects and higher education.
Horry County First Steps partnership has given us the opportunity to provide quality childcare to families through grants, materials, and scholarships for tuition. Due to providing the highest quality of care we were awarded the Horry County First Steps Center of Excellence award in 2005, 2006, and 2007.
The center is licensed by the SC Department of Social Services. The re-licensing process is repeated every two years and includes a visit from the Health Department (DHEC) and the State Fire Marshall. Unannounced visits are conducted by DSS to ensure consistent adherence to state standards.
The Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) and its Advocates for Better Care Program have criteria that are higher than licensing standards. These criteria address curriculum, facilities, instruction, finance, and related standards. The program has yearly monitoring visits conducted by the ABC staff. The center currently has an enhanced status with the ABC system. Families who have been awarded an ABC voucher are welcome to enroll their children at the Center.
Child Care Resource and Refer! offers technical support to our staff as well as to families searching for quality care.
Our Center also participates in T.E.A.C.H.-Teacher Education and Compensation Helps provide scholarships at regulated childcare facilities to take courses towards the SC Early Childhood Credential, a certificate, a diploma, Associates or Bachelors Degree in early childhood education.
Students enrolled in the Early Childhood Education Program at Horry Georgetown Technical College Also use our center for classes as well as an observation site.