SC First Steps

Getting children ready for school

Every Child Ready

South Carolina First Steps works collaboratively to ensure that all children start school ready to reach their highest potential with engaged support from their parents, caregivers, and communities. Every Child Ready, our 2020-25 strategic plan, is a five-year road map for achieving our mission and moving toward our vision of success for every child.

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The Latest with First Steps

First Steps 4K through Day 220

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First Steps 4K served 4,159 students for at least one day through day 220 of the 2021-2022 school year. Come see how First Steps 4K served students during the summer and how they are preparing for the 2022-2023 school year.

August 2022

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Families are finding preschool using Palmetto Pre-K.


State program ensures children are ready for kindergarten

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The South Carolina First Steps agency is concluding its annual summer initiative known as 'Countdown to Kindergarten.'


Midlands parents prepare to send their kindergarteners to school for the first time

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Going to school for the first time can be an exciting experience for most children, but it can be an even bigger deal to those sending them for the first time.


26 September

SC First Steps Strategic Planning Committee Meeting - September 2022

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The Strategic Planning Committee is a sub-committee of the South Carolina First Steps Board of Trustees.

20 October

SC First Steps Board of Trustees and SC Early Childhood Advisory Council Meeting - October 2022

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The South Carolina First Steps Board of Trustees meetings are every other month followed immediately by the South Carolina Early Childhood Advisory Council convenings.

11 November

Veteran's Day (observed holiday)

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South Carolina First Steps office is closed in observance of the state holiday.

Find the SC First Steps Local Partnership Near You

Wherever you are in South Carolina, there's a local partnership nearby. Contact your local partnership to find out how we can help you and your family get connected to the resources you need.