Our ProgramsWhat We Do
Miss Ruby’s Kids is always recruiting families with children between the ages of 2 and 3 1/2 to participate in our ParentChild+ program where throughout the course of 2 cycles they will receive 92 home visits and be gifted 46 books and educational toys. 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.
It's easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.- Frederick Douglass
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!
What Happens During a Mentor Visit?
After the Teacher and the Mentor have decided on the best day and time for the visits to take place, the mentors will begin their journey of getting to know the Mentees. The first several visits will be all about getting to know each other. The Mentors work with the Teachers during this time to help determine the children’s needs and how to structure their visits.
- Enjoy conversation and work on social skills during a lunch-time visit.
- Enjoy quiet reading time at the library.
- Work on classroom assignments that have not been completed.
- Spend time supporting the child during specific subject times in the classroom.
- Take a walk to have private one-on-one conversation.
- Take the child out of the class to work on activities the Mentor has prepared.
Miss Ruby’s Kids supports little libraries located in rural, isolated areas of Georgetown County to provide free age-appropriate books & school supplies to all children in Georgetown County.
• Holy Cross Faith Memorial Church in parking lot
• Parkersville Rd in front of Mt. Zion Baptist Church
Sponsored by Open Books, Open Minds & Club 142 United
• 330 Dozier St. GT County DSS office – 2 libraries
Sponsored by Georgetown Presbyterian Church and
• Gentle Dentistry Front Porch, Church Street
• Green Acres Mobile Home Park at Haven Drive and Apollo Trail (at the Mailbox Kiosk)
Sponsored by Georgetown Presbyterian Church
• Harmony Hills Mobile Home Park at the Community Center
Sponsored by Bunnelle Foundation Youth board
• Pleasant Hill Elementary School – 1668 Exodus Dr.
Sponsored by Bunnelle Foundation Youth board
• Gentle Dentistry Front Porch, County Line Road
• Andrews Rec center 202 S Cedar Ave (at playground)
Sponsored by Duke Energy
• Pleasant Hill Elementary – in front of tennis courts 127 schoolhouse dr. Hemingway, SC 29554
• Browns Ferry Elementary – 7292 Browns Ferry Rd., Georgetown
• Choppee Rec Center – at park – 8259 Choppee Rd., Georgetown