Early Childhood

The Office of Early Childhood Education strives to provide a comprehensive, community-based approach to school readiness in Beaufort County through quality early childhood education, family literacy, and parent education. Through collaborative partnerships with a number of community family support agencies and childcare providers, the district focuses to improve the lives of preschool age children so that they can take full advantage of educational opportunities. Early childhood programs and initiatives improve the effectiveness of parents as the primary teachers of their children, promote and encourage language, intellectual growth, and physical social-emotional skills.

Our Mission
To provide leadership and services to parents, teachers, schools, and community in the development and implementation of quality early childhood and family literacy programs that enable preschool children to enter school ready to succeed.

Child Find
The Beaufort County School District offers comprehensive developmental screenings for children ages 2 ½ - 5 years old. During each school year, parents are encouraged to take their child to Child Find where they can receive a speech, vision, hearing, and developmental screening. The parents of children needing early intervention programs and pre-kindergarten placement are offered programs and assistance.

Pre-kindergarten programs are available in all Beaufort County Elementary schools and Early Childhood Centers. Registration and assessment occurs in all elementary schools in the Spring.

Contact Us
Ashley Hutchison, Director of Readiness
PHONE (843) 521-2439  | FAX (843) 322-3144

Dr. Rebecca Stempel, Coordinator of Parent Education
PHONE (843) 770-2057 | FAX (843)322-2346

Mary Beth Christensen, Office Manager
PHONE (843) 521-2399  | FAX (843)322-3099


Assistance in Coordination of Services:
  • Families with Special Needs Children
  • Foster Care Parents and Children
  • Teen Parents


  • Adult Education/Family Literacy
  • Preparation for GED, Diploma, Self-Improvement and Career Counseling
  • Parent Information and Resource Centers-open daily to the public


  • Parents as Teachers-Home Visitation Program
  • Traveling Preschool Bus
  • Born to Read-Newborn Early Literacy Program
  • Parenting Workshops for Young Children and Families at Early Childhood and Elementary Sites
  • Community Childcare and Parent Training Opportunities
  • Monthly Newsletters
  • Book and Toy Lending Library
  • Success By 6- United Way Program