Parenting Partnerships Newsletter

October 2021

Dear YSD1 Family,

This newsletter is intended for YSD1 families involved in Parenting Partnerships and/or have children in YSD1 schools. Each month various activities will be highlighted in order to help you stay actively engaged with your child(ren), community, and schools. Happy Reading!

Cougar Cub Centers

Friday, Oct. 15th, 9-10am

37 Pinckney Street

York, SC

Join us at Parenting Partnerships for Cougar Cub Center Time for children up to age 4. We will have developmental centers inside and outside for you and your child(ren) to explore together with the guidance of our Parent Educators.

Family Literacy Activities:

Interactive Parenting Ideas:

  • After reading Only One You, find rocks and have each person paint a rock that uniquely reflects them. Talk about the positive each family member has. Display the rocks outside or inside to remind all family members that you are stronger together but each unique.
  • Sing and chant the 5 Little Pumpkins chant/book. Model using your 5 fingers during the song. Search YouTube for some creative videos to sing along.
  • After reading Pumpkin Jack you could: buy a pumpkin and carve a Jack O' Lantern, paint a pumpkin, or cut open a pumpkin and use your 5 senses to explore the pumpkin.
  • Visit a local farm and explore together.
  • Make a healthy fall snack from the website below. Be sure to give everyone in the family a job to do.
  • Use the 30 days of Fall Family Fun to create meaningful learning experiences with your children and family.
  • Check out Parent Resources from SAMHSA on ways to talk you your children about alcohol and substance abuse. (See link below)

Parent Educator Spotlight

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Parent Educator, Sylvia McCoy, had served YSD1 for 21 years! She started as our first and only parent educator and has helped the program expand over the past 21 years. Mrs. McCoy is wonderful at creating local resource connections and making sure that the families she serves have their basic needs in order to focus on engaging with their children.

Family Resource Center:

  • If you have a child under the age of 5 and could use some extra support with activities and resources, call us at 803-684-1504 and ask about Parenting Partnerships.
  • Tri-District Adult Ed: Call 803-818-8440 for information and GED, ESL, and other classes/assessments offered.
  • York Head Start: They are still enrolling students aged 3-4 years old. Please call 803-684-2093 for more information.
  • Affinity Health Clinic at York is open on Tuesdays for local patients. Please call 803-909-6363 to make an appointment. Affinity takes those with and without insurance & base payment on an income based, sliding scale.

Community/Parenting Events:

  • October 9th (Saturday): 10am-1pm, Teen Distracted Driver Safety Event (FREE) at Winthrop Coliseum (Rock Hill)
  • October 9th (Saturday): 9am, PATH Thrift Store Holiday Sale (York)
  • October 11th (Monday): 4pm, Storytime in the Park at Miracle Park (Rock Hill) hosted by York County Library.
  • October 15th (Friday): 9am-10am, Cougar Cub Centers at Parenting Partnerships (York).
  • October 16th (Saturday): 8am-12pm, FREE Yard Sale & Fall Family Festival at York Recreation Center (hosted by Hillcrest Baptist) (York).
  • October 16th (Saturday): 10am-4pm, Harvest on the Homestead at Historic Brattonsville (McConnells), tickets required.
  • October 25th (Monday): 6pm-7:30pm, Drive Thru Parade followed by Trunk or Treat at Carolina Gardens (York).
  • October 28th (Thursday): 9am-1pm: Car Seat Check at Britax (Fort Mill), see information below.
  • October 29th (Friday): 9am-10am, Cougar Cub Centers at Parenting Partnerships (York).
  • October 30th (Saturday): 4pm, Family Event at Towne Tavern York.
  • October 31st (Sunday): 6pm-7pm: Trunk or Treat on Congress St. and Liberty St. (York), See Tender Hearts Ministries for more information.

Important Dates:

  • October 12th (Tuesday): 6:30pm, YSD1 Board Meeting
  • October 15th (Friday): Half Day for Students for Parent/Teacher Conferences (Dismissal: Elementary/YIS: 10:30am, Middle/High: 11:45am)
  • October 18th (Monday): No School for Students, Teacher Workday
  • October 25-29th: Red Ribbon Week. Check with your child's school for more information and activities about this national drug abuse prevention campaign.
  • October 27th (Wednesday): Early Release Day for Students (Dismissal: Elementary/YIS: 11:45am, Middle/High: 1pm)
  • October 31st (Sunday): Happy Halloween

Contact Us:

Parenting Partnerships & Family Resource Center

37 Pinckney St.

York, SC 29745



Jessica Elliott, Coordinator


Direct Line: 803-818-6195