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It Starts with Me!

Miss Ruby’s Kids Names New Executive Director

Natasha Brockington, Director of Programs since 2019, has been promoted to Executive Director of Miss Ruby’s Kids. Natasha joined MRK in January of 2019and has advanced through progressively more responsible positions within the organization. She has confidently led her team during agency transitions and proved herself to be a fierce advocate for children and families.

With over 15 years of nonprofit leadership experience, Natasha brings expertise in service delivery, relationship building, and strategic planning. “I am thrilled to step into a new role at Miss Ruby’s Kids. I do not take this lightly. I understand the importance of the work that we do with children and families. A great experience can set a solid foundation and be a great start to a successful educational career. Like Miss Ruby, I am determined to create educational opportunities for those who need it most. I will stop at nothing to make sure that Miss Ruby’s Kids continues to be a choice for families in Georgetown County seeking early childhood education services.”

Lisa Haas, staff member and champion of Miss Ruby’s Kids says, “I am in awe daily of Natasha’s ability to connect with the families we serve, our team, community, and supporters. She is the perfect fit for Executive Director”,Haas explained. “Natasha’s love for what she does shines through in her work”, Haas added. Lisa will take on the role of Office Manager in this transition. Ruby West, Board Chairman, says, “The board has marveled at Natasha’s ability to navigate transitions. She seamlessly led our programs through the COVID19 Pandemic and all of its challenges, making sure families had access to technology and the resources needed to continue services uninterrupted. She ensured that we empathized with the families and children we served while maintaining high instructional standards. We believe Natasha is the right person to lead Miss Ruby’s Kids into the future.”

Miss Ruby’s Kids Announces New ParentChild + Program Coordinator

Laura Kopchynski

Laura has been a resident of Georgetown County for 15 years and has happily served families and residents in the counties of Horry, Williamsburg, and Georgetown through her work as an Employment & Training Program Coordinator, a CLTC Case Manager, a Realtor, and now in her new position as the ParentChild+ Program Coordinator at Miss Ruby’s Kids.

 

Upon the completion of high school, Laura graduated with an associate degree in Travel and Tourism Management. After marriage and starting a family, Laura stepped away from the traditional workforce and began to devote much of her time volunteering in her children’s schools and classrooms. During that time, it became clear to her that not all children were on the same level academically, socially, and emotionally when it came to school readiness.

Not only did this observation become a concern to Laura, but it also inspired her to want to learn more about what she could do to help narrow or close the gap.

In a quest to figure out how she could make a difference, Laura found herself back in school pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Community and Human Services (with a concentration in children and families), followed by a Master’s degree in Social Work.  

In doing so, Laura had the privilege of working as an elementary school social worker, a district-wide homeless liaison for elementary students, and a counselor for adolescent mothers and young men on probation.

Laura is grateful and excited to be back in the field of education and to have this incredible opportunity to work in partnership with children, families, and the community.

Our Programs

What We Do

ParentChild+ Program

Each year Miss Ruby’s Kids recruits families with two-year-olds to participate in our two-year program. Families are paired with an Early Learning Specialist (ELS) who, whenever possible, resides in their community and shares their language and cultural background. The ELS will visit each family twice-weekly in their home, at a time convenient for them. During the first session of the week, a book or educational toy will be gifted to the family and used to model reading, conversation, and play activities designed to stimulate parent-child interaction, develop language and literacy skills, and build school readiness. Each gift comes with a curriculum guide sheet with additional literacy and educational activities for the parent and child to engage in until their next visit. During the second session of the week, the review session, the ELS will again model reading, conversation, and play activities, encouraging parents to engage their children with the book or toy and to ask questions, while providing encouragement and praise for all their efforts. Through this process, parent-child verbal interaction increases, and parents/primary caregivers learn new approaches to parenting, discover how to create literacy-rich home environments, and prepare to be their children’s academic advocates. Children learn early on the joy of reading and develop language, literacy, and social-emotional skills that are critical to school readiness and school success.

In-Home Family Child Cares (FCC)

Family child care, or home-based care, provided in the community is often the most available, convenient, and cost-effective child care option. Family child care providers work very long hours for little pay and often have limited access to quality training and professional development opportunities that are affordable, convenient, and relevant to their daily work environment.

Miss Ruby’s Kids utilizes The ParentChild+ Family Child Care Model, which increases the knowledge and skills of family child care providers. The model builds on extensive experience in developing language, literacy, and learning-rich home environments. Similar to our ParentChild + program, Early Learning Specialist complete home visits twice weekly to work one-on-one with child care providers to support school readiness and family engagement for all the children in their care.

Mentor Program

After our graduates enter school Miss Ruby’s Kids will match them with a volunteer Education Mentor. Mentors spend at least 30 minutes a week visiting the Mentee at school to read, listen, talk, do classwork and support their Mentees educational experience. One-on-One Mentoring can be life changing for a child.  You can make a huge difference in a child’s life!

Miss Ruby’s Kids supports little libraries located in rural, isolated areas of Georgetown County to provide free age-appropriate books & small school supplies to all children in Georgetown County.

Calling All Volunteers!

Need School Volunteer Hours? We can help!

Because of our faithful volunteers Miss Ruby’s Kids is able to grow, thrive & succeed in providing brighter futures to the children of Georgetown County. We are always seeking new people to join our dynamic team & continue making a difference in our community.

Whether you want to:

  • work one time at an event,
  • join a committee,
  • chair a fundraiser,
  • become a Mentor,
  • or help us in the office,

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  •  P O Box 1007 Georgetown, SC 29442
  •  2018 Church St. Georgetown, South Carolina