Giving Charleston children a brighter future
Educational programs + health care + community engagement provide opportunities for success
Helping children in some of Charleston’s lowest-performing schools realize their potential.
We believe in supporting the whole child because the success of our children and the strength of the community go hand in hand. Their needs are inseparable and must be addressed together if we want to break the cycle of generational poverty and give our children a real shot at the American dream.
This is why we provide educational programming, family/community engagement opportunities and health care within our schools, ensuring each child, in each school in our community is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. All these services are provided free of charge to students and families.
Every child deserves the chance to graduate from high school and then move into the workforce, join the military or pursue higher education. With our educational programs, children have the additional opportunities for educational enrichment, leadership development and mentoring, which would not otherwise be available to them.
After-school programs give students access to homework help, extracurricular programs and an evening meal.
KidsWell School-Based Health Clinics
We know healthy students have better academic success. We partner with the Medical University of South Carolina to establish KidsWell School-Based Health Clinics. These clinics are located in four Charleston County elementary schools: Chicora, James Simons, Mary Ford, and Sanders-Clyde.
Our students have:
* Access to a comprehensive MUSC team, including a pediatrician, nurse practitioners, tele-presenters, nurses, and health educators.
* Expedited health screenings for vision, hearing, and referrals.
* Diagnosis, treatment and prescriptions delivered to school.
* Hunger amelioration, obesity prevention and physical fitness
* Access to tele-health services five days a week.
If you are a parent with a child attending one of these schools, sign up at this link or download and return the enrollment form package to your school nurse. To make an appointment or for more information, call or text Nurse Stephanie Merrell at 843-754-7670.
Parent and Community Engagement
By involving parents and community members in our schools, we build trust and strong relationships, which lead to improved academic achievement, increased school attendance, positive classroom behavior, celebrated test scores and increased parental involvement.
Understanding that parent involvement is critical to our success, we have created a Community Engagement Council. This council is an excellent support system for students, parents, the community and schools in our neighborhood.
We provide activities and events designed to strengthen our families and engage the community in our work. Our events are focused on STEM, literacy, creative and visual arts. Our family engagement events bring children, parents, teachers and other community stakeholders to our schools for a night of hands-on fun and learning to increase transformation within a generation.
Measuring our success in Charleston’s schools
We know children have the chance for a bright future when they are educated, healthy and connected to their community. Our programs in Title I elementary schools give children access to opportunities that can transform a generation.
students received higher reading scores after going through our summer program in 2019
children treated through KidsWell during the 2018-2019 school year
students participated in family engagement events in the 2018-2019 school year
Mary Ford Elementary School Nurse
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