South Carolina is now part of the national “Basics” movement!
The Palmetto Basics Campaign is inspired by the fact that 80% of brain development happens in the first three years of life. During this period, skill gaps between socio-economic, racial, and ethnic groups become clearly apparent. This does not need to be! Everyday interactions between children, their parents, and other caregivers provide abundant opportunities to give children from every background a more equal start in life.
The Palmetto Basics are five evidence-based parenting and caregiving principles (aka, “the Basics”) that encompass much of what experts find is important for children from birth to age three. Every child from every background can benefit from routinely experiencing Palmetto Basics learning experiences. Therefore, the Palmetto Basics Initiative is working through a broad range of institutions to ensure that every parent and caregiver is fully supported by family and friends to use the Palmetto Basics practices in everyday life.
The Basics are:
- Maximize love, manage stress
- Talk, sing, and point
- Count, group, and compare
- Explore through movement and play
- Read and discuss stories
The Palmetto Basics Campaign is currently underway in the Upstate, as more and more organizations sign up to become Champions of the Basics in their communities. Other interested areas of the state may contact Greenville First Steps or Pickens First Steps to learn more about becoming a Palmetto Basics affiliate.
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