Steady Steps announces the release of its 7th edition collectible Christmas Ornament for 2008, featuring the Old Mason County Courthouse, circa 1900 (as shown above). This year’s ornament, in sepia tones on a champagne beige background, contains a special inscription: “Mason County Sesquicentennial 2008” and is available for a $12.00 donation in support of Steady Steps.
Please visit the following locations to pick up your 2008 limited edition Christmas Ornament: Benjie’s Books & Gifts; Mason Feed Store; The Petal Patch; The Cotton Patch, The Commercial Bank and The Chamber of Commerce.
Steady Steps, a licensed child care center for 51 children, is a ministry of the First United Methodist Church of Mason, offering full-day, year-round childcare services for children ages three months to five years. The center also accommodates the needs of working families, providing after-school and summer programs for children in Kindergarten through 3rd grade. Steady Steps is open to all families in the Mason area and charges tuition on a sliding scale fee, making this program affordable for families in need.
The classroom environment in Steady Steps promotes early learning with materials and curriculum that are appropriate for each stage of development. Early literacy begins in the Infant and Toddler Rooms with lots of time looking at books together and hearing read-aloud stories. Color and number recognition begins even at these very young ages, and building vocabulary is an important first learning step.
At ages three to five, Steady Steps children are involved in a special school readiness pre-kindergarten program: the Texas Early Education Model (TEEM), an evidence based classroom model designed to increase children’s school readiness through research-based curriculum, technology-driven progress monitoring, teacher professional development and mentoring services. Steady Steps is in its second year with the TEEM project and is working towards achievement of the new Texas School Ready certification. In collaboration with Steady Steps, Mason ISD now provides a terrific enhancement to instruction with a certified teacher who works alongside Steady Steps teachers in the mornings.
These are just a few examples of the good things that keep happening in Steady Steps and that make it a great place for children. At the heart of all these activities is a dedication to the needs of young children, supporting them in ways that will ensure their future success in life. The involvement and support from the Mason community in helping shape future generations is an essential ingredient in sustaining the important work of Steady Steps. For more information, please call 347-0043.