NEW Palmetto Pre-K Collaborative Initiative Hosts Statewide “Palmetto Pre-K Jamboree” for SC’s Early Childhood Educators

Hundreds of South Carolina’s Pre-K (pre-kindergarten) teachers returned to their classrooms equipped with new strategies and techniques to educate and engage young learners after attending the “Palmetto Pre-K Jamboree”, a three-day professional development training for the state’s four-year-old teachers from across federal, state and locally-funded Pre-K programs.

The training, held June 11-13, was a coordinated effort among South Carolina First Steps, Head Start, the South Carolina Department of Education and the South Carolina Department of Social Services under the newly formed Palmetto Pre-K initiative, created to help families find free and subsidized Pre-K4 programs and to support teachers of four-year-old children in South Carolina.

“It has been a great experience working with our agency partners to bring early childhood educators together to get the training they need to be even more effective in the classroom,” said Georgia Mjartan, executive director of South Carolina First Steps, the state’s only dedicated early childhood agency. “Through continued collaboration with other agencies under this new Palmetto Pre-K initiative, we aim to connect families throughout South Carolina with quality Pre-K programs for their children.”

Nationally-recognized early education experts, Lisa Murphy (the Ooey Gooey Lady®), Anthony Broughton, Ph.D. (Mister B) and Conscious Discipline® certified instructors Heidi Condrey and Mandy Lloyd were called upon to share the latest early childhood education developments and techniques for classroom learning and engagement. In addition, breakout sessions were offered on topics, such Adverse Childhood Experiences (

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