Steve believes there is power in the spoken word. He recalls the stories his grandparents told him while sitting on the front porch of the family home. Stories of neighbors, families, friends and foes. Although both his grandparents were illiterate, their love of storytelling left an indelible impression on Steve’s memory. His formative years were influenced by his parents, grandparents and other adults in the community; those teachings have endured for decades. As a child, storytelling and reading gave Steve a curiosity of the world beyond his hometown.
According to Palmetto Basics, “…80% of brain development happens in the first three years of life. During this period, skill gaps between socio-economic, racial, and ethnic groups become clearly apparent. This does not need to be! Everyday interaction between children, their parents and other caregivers provide abundant opportunities to give children from every background a more equal start in life.
The Palmetto Basics are five evidenced-based parenting and caregiving principles that encompass much of what experts find important for children from birth to age three. Every child from every background can benefit from routinely experiencing Palmetto Basics learning experiences. Therefore, the Palmetto Basics Initiative is working through a broad range of institutions to ensure that every parent and caregiver is fully supported by family and friends to use the Palmetto Basics practices in everyday life.”