Child Care Quality
Research shows that high-quality child care and early education can boost children’s learning and social skills when they enter school. First Steps strategies for Child Care include:
Quality Enhancement – First Steps assists child care providers to improve program quality by funding targeted upgrades to met DSS licensing or ABC-enhanced requirements, and to further enhance learning environments for young children.
Staff Training and Development – First Steps provides staff development and mentoring to assist providers in meeting DSS training requirements, increasing the knowledge of child care workers and improving the quality of programs offered in participating child care facilities.
Child Care Vouchers – First Steps provides subsidies for quality child care programs to eligible families and their children and increases the number of child care slots in South Carolina.
Teacher Education and Compensation Helps (T.E.A.C.H) Early Childhood Project – T.E.A.C.H provides scholarships for teachers working in child care to complete college coursework in early childhood education, often enabling their to increase their compensation. T.E.A.C.H. is jointly managed by First Steps and DSS through the Center for Child Care Development in Greenville.